Ideas Expressed

From leading politicians to the prime minister of the Tibetan government-in-exile,from successful entrepreneurs to social activists,the Idea Exchange showcased talent,intellect and power. Here is a pick of 2011

Written by The Indian Express | Published: January 1, 2012 11:37 pm

* November 20
Arvind Kejriwal,activist and team Anna member
On why the CBI should be brought under Lokpal

If the Lokpal does not have its own investigative machinery,then it becomes a post-office. The Lokpal would receive a complaint,forward it to the CBI,the CBI would investigate and forward its report to the Lokpal. The Lokpal would take the matter to court. Why have this post-office? Then you might as well wind up the Lokpal.

* February 13
Arun Shourie
BJP leader and telecom minister during the NDA regime
On claims that A Raja was merely continuing NDA policy on spectrum allocation

For Raja to say that I am following Arun Shourie’s footsteps is wrong. I have said this many times—Raja,stop following my footsteps,follow my advice. My advice is turn an approver. Even your leader Mr Karunanidhi has said one man could not have made so much money all by himself,so tell us who are the other persons.

* April 17

I am still regarded as Rani Mukherjee’s tailor.

* October 30
Suneet Singh Tuli
CEO of Datawind,the company that designed the Aakash tablet

If Aakash can help level the playing field for the poor,that’s the biggest motivator.

* July 10
AB Bardhan
General secretary of the CPI
On the Left’s defeat in West Bengal in May

What happened in West Bengal is a debacle,a political defeat,not merely an electoral setback. Support to the Left parties has been eroded.

* September 18
Michael Nobbs
Chief coach of the Indian hockey team

Captains only toss the coin,that’s all they do. I want 11 leaders on the hockey field at one time,that’s what I’m after.

* April 3
Javed Akhtar
Lyricist and MP

Films are no longer being made for people who are angry,but for those who are having a party.

* December 18
Abhishek Manu Singhvi
Chairman of the parliamentary standing committee that examined the Lokpal Bill

Team Anna says Lokpal has to have everything. You will have a parallel government then.

* August 7
Digvijay Singh
Congress general-secretary
When asked if he was Rahul Gandhi’s mentor

I am not his mentor. He is a very intense person,very intelligent and he has a strong mind of his own. He is not influenced by anyone. He is a voracious reader and when you interact with him,if you are not prepared then you have had it.

* February 20
Ahmed Rashid
Pakistani author and journalist

You are not going to end Afghan war through a military solution. You have to talk to the enemy.

* July 3
Amitabh Bachchan

The average age on a film set these days is about 25. I’m close to 70 and I feel very awkward at times.

* August 21
Harish Hande
Co-founder,SELCO,and Magsaysay award winner

We are hiding behind the poor when we say we are a poor country and we need coal and nuclear energy.

* December 4
P Chidambaram
Home Minister

When asked where we stand three years after the terror attacks on Mumbai

* June 19
Salman Khursheed
Congress leader and one of the five ministers in the Lokpal Bill joint committee
On civil society

Congress sees civil society like anybody does studying an amoeba. When we took its picture last,it appeared in a particular shape. We tried to bring about an institutional arrangement with NGOs,which is the NAC. They have now decided not to proceed on the Lokpal bill. They said the amoeba has changed and let the new amoeba handle it.

* October 23
Sharad Pawar
Agriculture Minister

The Food Act is a massive burden… If so much is spent on subsidies,what is left for development?

* May 8
Nitin Gadkari
BJP President

Cong is a ma-bete ki party. No one has courage to speak against Sonia.

* February 6
Kapil Sibal
HRD and telecom minister

A few months after he was given additional charge of telecom

* September 11
Lobsang Sangay
Prime Minister of the Tibetan governmnent-in-exile

The world is scared of this unknown entity called China that has come up. But we know them very well.

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