*** "CORRUPTION IS PART and parcel of Indian
politics and Indian life. People expect politicians to steal. They don't
really mind it unless it affects national security."
(V. B. Singh, an analyst associated with New
Delhi-based Centre for Study of Developing Societies, commenting on
growing corruption at all levels of public and civil society in India)
*** "EVERYTHING IS LOOKED after today. Food,
clothes, everything. People don't have to work like their parents did,
and people take it too easy. It's a problem we are faced with."
(Maldives President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom, Asia's
longest-serving head of state, trying to explain reasons for growing
restlessness among his populace reflected from one of the world's
highest divorce rates, rampant heroin addiction, petty crimes and state
*** "HINDU COUPLES having 10 or more children
would be suitably rewarded, and the couple having the maximum number of
children in the state would be awarded a cash prize of Rs 100,000
(Vijay Tiwari, a leader of the militant Hindu party
Shiv Sena, a member of India's coalition government, in the Uttar
Pradesh province encouraging people to have more children by announcing
attractive cash rewards)
*** "IF THERE is an overcharge, like we think
there is, we expect that money to be repaid."
(US President George W. Bush saying that he thought
that Vice President Dick Cheney's old company Halliburton overcharged
for work it did in Iraq and should refund the money)
*** "I THINK it's the best way of finding out
the will of the (Kashmiri) people. I don't know if there is any other
(Former US Secretary of State Madeleine Albright
favouring a plebiscite or a referendum as the best way to solve the
Kashmir issue. She was replying to a question posed by the chief
minister of Indian-held Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah)
*** "THAT IS WHY I emphasise that the ceasefire
should continue. At least those making the policy should see the smiling
faces on both sides before deciding anything."
(Chief Minister of Indian-occuppied Jammu &
Kashmir, Mufti Mohammed Sayid, saying that ceasefire at the
international border with Pakistan should continue. He was commenting
the hurling of stones tied with sweets from both sides of the border in
the Keran sector after the announcement of the ceasefire)
*** "DO I make myself clear? Keep your hands off
(Jingle lip-sinked by a cow and a buffalo in a
television advertisement campaign funded by a US-based "People for
the Ethical Treatment of Animals" aimed at discouraging Indians
from buying leather)
*** "...if this is the new friendly police, then
we would rather prefer the earlier nasty police."
(A housewife in the Indian city of Lucknow
criticising the city's "Friendly cops scheme" describing
horrific encounter with a drunkard policeman making not-so-polite
enquiries about her husband)
*** "ALTHOUGH I'M NOT unemployed, I have been
hurt by the economy, and I don't have anything else to sell or
(A Mexican teacher explaining why he is offering to
sell one of his kidneys for $ 55,000 to raise money to build three
classrooms in his elementary school)
*** "NO TO INHERITING POWER."
(A spray-painted slogan on a wall that earned
national Mohammed Baha-a Eddin a 15-day jail term by an Egyptian court.
The slogan refers to rumours that President Hosni Mubarak is grooming
one of his sons to succeed him)
*** "$ 1.2 million"
(Money donated by Saudi Arabian government to help
renovate a large mosque in the middle of Paris)
*** "MY BERLUSCONI has two brains, one for
making declarations, and the other for denying them."
(Nobel prize-winning Italian playwright Dario Fo
commenting on his play "The Two Headed Anamoly", which opened
in Rome earlier this month. The satirical play shows Italian Prime
Minister Silvio Berlusconi with Russian President Vladimir Putin's brain
transplanted in his body and highlights the premier's gaffes. The play
will end up next year but the director of the theatre has warned that
there has been pressure to shelve the play)