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December 30, 2004

'Only actual survey of Andaman tribals will show if they're

'If one island gets wiped out it will be the loss of an entire culture, a whole tradition.'

December 29, 2004

'UN can't go to a country without a request'
'No UN team sent to India as the Indian government has not asked for assistance and even the UN cannot go to a country without a request from the government,' says UN official Arjun Katoch.

December 27, 2004

'Earthquakes don't kill; human error does'
'The problem is even after we know that India is an active quake region, we have done so little to prepare for earthquakes,' says Dr V Ramani.

December 26, 2004

'Toll is high because we were not prepared'
Quakes cannot be predicted but the devastation they cause can be reduced, says Dr V Rajamani, professor at the School of Environmental Sciences, Jawaharlal Nehru University, who specializes in the field of geo-chemistry.

December 22, 2004

'People have convicted Shankaracharya'
'Everyone has prejudged him, and they have already convicted the Shankaracharya. The press has convicted him. The politicians have convicted him,' says Cho Ramaswamy.

December 20, 2004

'Stick up for what you think, even if unpopular'
'Never pretend to know the answer to something you have no clue about!' says Rhodes Scholar Swati Mylavarapu.

December 17, 2004

'They were waiting to punish him'
M N Krishanmani, the Kanchi Shankaracharya's lawyer, believes Jayendra Saraswati is the victim of personal vendetta.

December 14, 2004

'Bribe amounts depend on earning potential'
One dishonest income tax officer, during his service of 35 years, is capable of causing a loss of around Rs 1,000crore to the exchequer, says IPS officer Y P Singh.

December 13, 2004

'It's easier to shake hands with the corrupt and enjoy life'
Seeing corrupt colleagues being felicitated while he was being hounded for being honest, Y P Singh decided to quit the IPS.

December 09, 2004

'Far more guilty than Union Carbide are our govts'
'All the political parties did nothing. These parties talk of helping the poor but no one actually did anything,' says social activist Abdul Jabber.

December 06, 2004

'We should have a peaceful Kashmir in 5 years'
'The good thing is the people on both sides are talking about Kashmir without fighting about it,' says Mehbooba Mufti, president of the ruling People's Democratic Party in Jammu and Kashmir.

December 03, 2004

'We will listen to Indians abroad'
'This is because earlier we didn't have any ministry. People came, spoke and went away. There was no follow-up. But the two PBDs have focussed on the problems,' says Jagdish Tytler.

December 01, 2004

'For them a Brahmin is above the law!'
'The Shankaracharya's supporters are shooting the messenger. What is Jayalalithaa's fault? Is it that she has allowed law to take its own course? Is she not supposed to?' asks Tamil Nadu government counsel, K T S Tulsi.


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