Phrases & Quotes

Following are the quotes that I encountered and found interesting. If you have such a phrase or quote then why not leave me a reply:-
  • Several newspapers editorial pages display a remarkable conspicuity in their absence of remembrance of Swami Vivekananda’s birth anniversary.
  • Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s 1988 interview onDoordarshan:मन्दिर को लेकर राजनीति हो रही है क्योंकि मस्जिद को लेकर राजनीति हो रही है
    /mandir ko lekar rAjnIti hO rahI hai kyon’ki masjid ko lekar rAjnIti hO rahI hai

    implying, in active voice, “We have politicised the temple issue because you have all along been politicising the mosque issue.”

  • India had a very long independence movement. It started in 1886, [with] the first generation of Western-educated Indians. They were all liberals. They followed the Liberal Party in Britain, and they were very proud of their knowledge of parliamentary systems, parliamentary manners. They were big debaters. They [had], as it were, a long apprenticeship in training for being in power. Even when Gandhi made it a mass movement, the idea of elective representatives, elected working committees, elected leadership, all that stayed because basically Indians wanted to impress the British that they were going to be as good as the British were at running a parliamentary democracy. And that helped quite a lot.
     Lord Meghnad Desai, in answer to How was it that somehow democracy survived or flourished in India, where [in] so many other developing countries it was abandoned?
  • Donald Rumsfeld, Secy of State in Bush’s Administration:
          Reports that say that something hasn’t happened are always interesting to me, because as we know, there are known knowns; there are things we know we know. We also know there are known unknowns; that is to say we know there are some things we do not know. But there are also unknown unknowns — the ones we don’t know we don’t know.
  • Shailesh Gandhi, Chief Information Commissioner
A rights-based enactment is akin to a welfare measure. [It] should receive a liberal interpretation.

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