Best of The Idea Exchange in 2015: The year, quote unquote

Memorable quotes of the guests at this year's Idea Exchange.

By: Express News Service | Updated: December 29, 2015 10:01 am

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:

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Minister of telecom at the Indian Express idea exchange in Noida on August 14th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. Union Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in Noida on August 14, 2015. (Source:Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

‘Sonia Gandhi in the well was a new low…even Rajiv would have not behaved this way’
RAVI SHANKAR PRASAD (Union Telecom Minister)

Film producer and director Shoojit Sircar at the Indian Express idea exchange in Noida on June 8th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. Film producer and director Shoojit Sircar at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in Noida on June 8, 2015. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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

Union Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar during Idea Exchange. Express Photo by Amit Mehra. 19.06.2014. Union Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar at the Idea Exchange on June 19, 2015. (Source: Express Photo by Amit Mehra)

‘Delhi air quality got worse over the last 10 years. But media never questioned it’
PRAKASH JAVADEKAR (Union Environment Minister)

Sharad Yadav at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on April 24th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. JD(U) chief Sharad Yadav at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in New Delhi on April 24, 2015. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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

Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, at the Indian Express Idea Exchange in New Delhi on March 26th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. Nitin Gadkari, Union Minister of Road Transport and Highways, at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in New Delhi on March 26, 2015. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

‘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)

Indian Express Idea Exchange with the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on wednesday. Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal New Delhi 010415 Indian Express Idea Exchange with the Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Source: Express Photo by Tashi Tobgyal)

‘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)

Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian during a press Conference at North Block New Delhi on 2nd sept. 2015. Express photo by Renuka Puri. Chief Economic Adviser Arvind Subramanian during a press conference at North Block in New Delhi on September 2, 2015. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

‘Expectations of big bang reforms were unrealistic. Such reforms come in crises’
ARVIND SUBRAMANIAN (Chief Economic Adviser to the Government of India)

Delhi Transport minister Gopal Rai at the Indian Express idea exchange in Noida on Dec 11th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. Delhi Transport Minister Gopal Rai at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in Noida on December 11, 2015. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

‘We needed a drastic step involving people… Mindset has to change on pollution’
GOPAL RAI (Delhi Transport Minister)

Gholamreza Ansari, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to India at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on April 20th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. Gholamreza Ansari, Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Iran to India at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in New Delhi on April 20, 2015. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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

Punjab deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi. Express photo by RAVI KANOJIA. New Delhi Feb 15th-2011 Punjab Deputy CM Sukhbir Singh Badal at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in New Delhi. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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

Babul Supriyo, MP in Lok Sabha from Asansol, at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on Feb 3rd 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. Babul Supriyo, MP in Lok Sabha from Asansol, at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in New Delhi on February 3, 2015. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

‘Arvind Kejriwal needs to be cured. He’s polluting political atmosphere’
BABUL SUPRIYO (Union MoS, Urban Development)

Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State of Culture & Tourism during the Idea Exchange. Express photo by Renuka Puri. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State of Culture & Tourism during the Idea Exchange. (Source: Express photo by Renuka Puri)

‘The person who speaks the least in Cabinet meetings is the Prime Minister’

MAHESH SHARMA (Union MoS for Culture)

AS Dulat, member of the National Security Advisory Board at the Indian Express idea exchange in Noida on July 7th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. A S Dulat, member of the National Security Advisory Board at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in Noida on July 7, 2015. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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

Congress leader Jairam Ramesh during Idea Exchange. EXPRESS PHOTO BY PRAVEEN KHANNA 08 04 2015. Congress leader Jairam Ramesh during Idea Exchange. (Source: Express photo)

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

bihar elections, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi, BJP, Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi BJP, bihar polls, nitish kumar, lalu prasad, bjp naqvi, bihar latest news, india latest news Union Minister Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi (Source: Express Photo by Ravi Kanojia)

‘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)

Writer Nayantara Sahgal at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on Dec 12th 2014. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. Writer Nayantara Sahgal at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on Dec 12th 2014. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

‘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)

Pahlaj Nihalani head of the Central Board of Film Certification of India during Idea exchange at Express tower on Wednesday. Express photo by Prashant Nadkar, Mumbai, 25/11/2015 Pahlaj Nihalani head of the Central Board of Film Certification of India during Idea exchange. (Source: Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)

‘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)

Farooq Abdullah, ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir during Idea Exchange on Friday 161015. Express Photo by Cheena Kapoor Farooq Abdullah, ex-Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir during Idea Exchange on Friday 161015. (Source: Express Photo by Cheena Kapoor)

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

BJP national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy speaking during a press conference at BJP office in Sector 33 of Chandigarh on Saturday, October 27 2012. Express photo by Jaipal Singh BJP national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy (Source: Express photo by Jaipal Singh)

‘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

Arvind Panagariya at The Indian Express office Arvind Panagariya at The Indian Express office

‘Poverty has fallen in every state (as) economy has grown faster than at any time post-1947’

ARVIND PANAGARIYA (NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman)

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‘Let them (Centre) try to keep troubling us, we will keep working…’

MANISH SISODIA (Delhi Deputy Chief Minister)

Onno Ruhl, Country Director, World Bank India during Idea Exchange. EXPRESS PHOTO BY PRAVEEN KHANNA 20 05 2015. Noida. Onno Ruhl, Country Director for World Bank, India during Idea Exchange.

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

Ram Madhav, BJP National General Secretary, at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on April 7th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. Ram Madhav, BJP National General Secretary, at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on April 7th 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia.

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

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

General Mahmud Ali Durrani at the Indian Express idea exchange in New Delhi on Feb 3rd 2015. Express photo by Ravi Kanojia. General Mahmud Ali Durrani at The Indian Express Idea Exchange in New Delhi on February 3, 2015. (Source: Express photo by Ravi Kanojia)

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

Senior Congress leader and former personal secretary and confidante to Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi, RK Dhawan during the Idea Exchange. Express photo by Oinam Anand. 26 June 2015 Senior Congress leader and former personal secretary and confidante to former PM Indira Gandhi, RK Dhawan during the Idea Exchange. (Source: Express photo by Oinam Anand)

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

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