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  1. Idea Exchange: The year, quote unquote

Idea Exchange: The year, quote unquote

Top politicians on key Assembly elections and uncomfortable alliances, a Union minister on the ‘atmosphere of fear’, the Censor board chairman, a former R&AW chief-turned-author, a former prime minister’s confidant, a renowned author who returned her Sahitya Akademi award, foreign ambassadors and successful film personalities were just some of the guests at this year’s Idea Exchange. Memorable quotes from the year that was:

Published: December 27, 2015 2:06 AM

Sonia Gandhi in the well was a new low… even Rajiv would have not behaved this way’
RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD
Union telecom minister

‘There is no depth in our writing… otherwise we would have been on the global platform’
SHOOJIT SIRCAR
Filmmaker

‘You must be mature enough to distinguish between a crime and a hate agenda’
ARUN JAITLEY
Union minister for finance, corporate affairs and information and broadcasting

‘Kashmir is in the pre-’96 era, Narendra Modi is in the best position to handle it’
AS DULAT
Former R&AW chief

‘One of the changes we hope for is more proactive communication from the leader’
JAIRAM RAMESH
Former environment minister and Congress leader

‘Narendra Modi needs to develop, needs time to be next Vajpayee, don’t know if it’ll happen’
FAROOQ ABDULLAH
National Conference patron

‘The moment you deviate from the existing BJP leadership in Bihar, it would collapse’
RAJIV PRATAP RUDY
Union minister of state (independent charge) for skill development and entrepreneurship

‘UPA was hostile, Modi has goals, is open if he doesn’t know the way’
ONNO RUHL
Country director for World Bank India

‘We’ve broken the J&K jinx. If PDP has allied with us today, NC may tomorrow’
RAM MADHAV
General secretary, BJP

‘Delhi air quality got worse over the last 10 years. But media never questioned it’
PRAKASH JAVADEKAR
Union environment minister

‘Expectations of big bang reforms were unrealistic. Such reforms come in crises’
ARVIND SUBRAMANIAN
Chief economic adviser to the
Government of India

‘SAD-BJP ties are in national interest. We’ve always stood by BJP, never put any condition’
SUKHBIR SINGH BADAL
Punjab deputy CM

‘Hindu or Muslim, if anyone tries to create atmosphere of fear, the public will reject them’
MUKHTAR ABBAS NAQVI
Minister of state for parliamentary affairs

‘Poverty has fallen in every state (as) economy has grown faster than at any time post-1947’
ARVIND PANAGARIYA
NITI Aayog vice-chairman

‘Skull caps, iftar parties, don’t work now, Muslim youths want real issues addressed’
ASADUDDIN OWAISI
AIMIM chief

‘Nitish Kumar or I never said that there was jungle raj (in Bihar during Lalu’s rule)’
SHARAD YADAV
Janata Dal (United) chief

‘We needed a drastic step involving people… Mindset has to change on pollution’
gopal rai
Delhi transport minister

Arvind Kejriwal needs to be cured. He’s polluting political atmosphere’
BABUL SUPRIYO
Union MoS, urban development

‘There are times in history when you have to stand up and be counted. This is one of them’
NAYANTARA SAHGAL
Writer, Jawaharlal Nehru’s niece

‘Let them (Centre) try to keep troubling us, we will keep working’
MANISH SISODIA
Delhi deputy chief minister

‘Pakistan perhaps knows 110% that Lakhvi is behind 26/11 attacks, but has no proof’
MAHMUD ALI DURRANI
Former Pakistan NSA

‘We need to change our opinion. Setting up industry is not a crime, it provides jobs’
NITIN GADKARI
Union minister for road transport, highways and shipping

‘If they (Israel) are your friend, do not let them choose your enemies’
GHOLAMREZA ANSARI
Iran ambassador to India

‘The person who speaks the least in Cabinet meetings is the Prime Minister’
MAHESH SHARMA
Union MoS for culture

‘How is Aamir Khan the only one to get away with kissing scenes in a U/A film?’
PAHLAJ NIHALANI
Chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification

‘Mrs Gandhi paid for Emergency. If bad things had not happened… she would never have lost the elections’
RK DHAWAN
Indira Gandhi’s close aide and CWC member

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