By Syed M.Aslam
July 16 - 22, 2001
*** "I STILL HAVEN"T woken up from
this dream... but how can I? I haven't even been to sleep yet."
(Wildcard entrant Goran Ivanisevic after winning
the Wimbledon singles title)
*** "THE RINE IN SPINE FELL MINELY ON
(Malaysian Premier Mahathir Mohamad quoting Henry
Higgins' famous tutorial to ridicule Australians and accusing the
English-speaking world for forcing its language on the East)
*** "THE ZIONIST regime of Israel relies
on its defence industry for survival and these merchants of war will
never permit the civil war in our beloved motherland to cease."
(Sri Lanka's main Muslim party, Muslim Congress,
condemning the appointment of Israel's first ambassador in 31 years
and accusing President Chandrika Kumaratunga of using the ties to
*** "HONG KONG IS TIRED of being held to
ransom. The time has come for prompt and resolute action."
(Director of corporate development Cathay Pacific
Airways announcing sacking of 49 pilots and imposing new pay and
package unilaterally to put an end to increasingly bitter labour
dispute which disrupted planning plans of thousands of air travelers)
*** "I'LL WELCOME HIM with open arms and
kiss his forehead. He is the lost son who is returning home."
(Anaro Kashmiro, octogenarian maid, anxiously
awaiting Pakistan's President General Pervez Musharraf who she
remembers as a four year old child in Delhi before his family migrated
to Pakistan in 1947)
*** "I HAVE LANDED THE PLANE
(Words uttered by a female friend who was helped by
a PIA pilot to fly and land domestic flight PK-584 at the Lahore
*** "ONCE THEY ACHIEVE this, I have no
doubt that soon this team will become a really great side."
(Manager of Pakistan cricket team, Yawar Saeed,
recommending attachment of a psychologist to help overcome lack of
*** "WE HAVE NEVER seen anything quite
like it. Not even when Bill Clinton visited India ... For the moment
India has gone Musharraf mad."
(Un-named Delhi-based Western Diplomat describing
India's preparations for Pakistani President General Pervez
*** "TECHNOLOGY CREATORS in the private
sector respond to the needs of high-income consumers, rather than the
needs of those who have little purchasing power."
(UN's Human Development Report 2001 noting that
most of the potential benefits of technology actually bypass poor
people, because of a lack of market demand and inadequate public
*** "THE COUNTRY is on the threshold of
a legal and political revolution, the consequences of which are in
less dangerous than what we've seen in the past.'
(Head of Colombo-based Centre for Policy
Alternatives, Pakiasothy Saravanamuttu, commenting on Sri Lanka's much
criticised constitution allowing the president the power to call a
referendum or to suspend the parliament. Each provision has already
been used once in the past to cling to power, most recent being
suspension of parliament by President Kumaratunga to stall a
*** "MY JOB IS TO DEFEND the
constitution and if necessary, I will stay at the palace all by myself
if I'm forced to do so."
(Beleaguered Indonesian President Abdurrahman Wahid
vowing not to leave the presidential palace even if he was impeached)
*** "A PRESIDENT SHOULD NOT WISH TO HEAR
ONLY SWEET WORDS."
(South Korean President Kim Dae Jung's 1998 speech
stressing the importance of a vibrant and sharp-tongued press. Dae is
accused by the opposition to crush media opponents of his
controversial 'Sunshine Policy' of engagement with North Korea)
** "ENGINES do not have to be tuned or
adjusted. Furthermore, the new fuel also reduces air pollution."
(Governor of state-owned Petroleum Authority of
Thailand on the debut of alternative car fuel 'palm diesel')
*** "INDIAN INSTITUTES train people at a
very small cost and then we end up losing highly qualified
professionals to the U.S. where the education is very expensive. A
poor country like India is subsidising the U.S. education system and
(Indian IT minister Pramod Mahajan reacting to the
findings of a UN report which says that the country is losing $ 2
billion annually through the brain drain of 100,000 skilled computer
professionals to US alone)