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" You may dislike what somebody else has said; that is perfectly valid. You may not agree with what somebody else has said. But saying something cannot possibly amount to sedition. "
" The DNA of a true Hindu is liberal. We are, by essence, liberal. "
" In India, by and large, women are not educated enough to be bread winners and, within the moorings of traditional cultures, do not have the courage and the capacity to leave the matrimonial home. Given the inequality prevalent in family structures, the woman's right to opt out is suicidal. "
" All of us have a romantic streak in us. That's why we are fallible, aren't we? "
" When I took over the ministry for science and technology, our weather systems were in shambles. Nobody believed in the IMD. Nothing was in digital mode. I changed all that. We got automatic rain gauges, automatic weather stations, Doppler radars. "
" Intolerance is alien to Hinduism. "
" How do you trust a prime minister who said one thing before the elections and does exactly the opposite after the elections? "
" Every child should get an opportunity to study irrespective of the economic status. "
" I personally believe technology can transform the functioning of the judicial system. "
" Politics runs in every human being, and so does music. "
" For a movie, you have to make sure the lyrics are consistent with the rhythm that is given to you. But, at times, during the song's recording, you find out that your words are not appropriate for the track, and so you have to change them. "
" M&A guidelines need to be liberal. "
" If you have decisions taken from time to time at the level of the executives, which gives the impression of being discriminatory, if you are not open when government is functioning, then obviously people will make allegations. "
" I believe a true Hindu in India could never have endorsed the killing of the Mahatma. "
" To fix India's healthcare scenario, what is most needed is 'systems thinking.' For far too long, India has followed a vertical approach in its health sector, which translated into disease-specific national programmes being set up. "
" No one can end it, but incidents of corruption can be reduced. "
" Given an opportunity, Modi has violated the freedom of press both in letter and spirit. He destroys freedom of the press whenever he gets a chance. "
" Market mechanisms are totally irrelevant when resources are used to serve a larger purpose, especially for the underserved, unserved, or marginalised. "
" The judiciary is entitled to finally resolve a dispute. Not every decision is right. "
" If two people cannot live together, both should have the right to opt out of the marriage. In an ideal world, that would be an acceptable solution. "
" The overreach of the judiciary can be attributed to, one, the inability of the executive to deliver; and two, the tendency to issue judicial pronouncements for national good. The second element is dangerous because that's the function of the government. "
" The media can allege corruption, but if I do the same against the media, I am gagging freedom of expression. "
" Public figures will get public criticism, and they should be tolerant enough to take it. "
" Normally, the law of nature is such that one who rises falls, and one who rises quickly falls as quickly. I don't know how the law of nature will work as far as Modi is concerned. But some time or the other, all bubbles burst. This bubble will also burst. "
" If the Planning Commission said those who live above Rs 5,000 a month are not at poverty line, obviously there is something wrong with the definition of poverty in this country. How can anybody live at Rs 5,000? "
" I have no personal ambitions. I consider it a great privilege to have been given an opportunity to serve, through the Congress party, the people of India. I think that itself is a great reward. I have no personal ambitions in that regard. "
" The government must understand that it cannot substitute the health, nutrition, and overall development outcomes of Indian citizens with 'efficiency gains.' "
" A single element in transactional mode can never be analysed to calculate either loss or presumptive loss. The losses or gains of all elements in the transaction need to be analysed. "
" I have never applied for a share in Tehelka. "
" By limiting access to surrogacy based on flimsy and exclusionary criteria, the government may just give rise to a mushrooming black market. "
" I have only one sister, Asha Nanda, and she lives in Maharani Bagh. "