The scale of destruction at the Himalayan shrine could have been far less if the state government had paid adequate attention to the report of National Remote Sensing Agency, whose scientists had identified the natural calamity prone areas of Uttarakhand and neighbouring Himachal Pradesh way back in 2001.
Noted environmentalist and Magsaysay awardee Chandi Prasad Bhatt

Unfortunately, the Prime Minister has still not spoken to the country. He must speak to the nation. Every Prime Minister or President of the country speaks to its citizens when such a calamity happens. But seven days on, Our Prime Minister has not spoken. If he does, millions of hands will come up for help.
BJP spokesperson Prakash Javadekar

Some are talking big…saying that parivartan (change) has taken place because of them. They are claiming that I became the chief minister only because of them.
West Bengal chief minister Miss Mamata Banerjee

The Odisha government is insensitive towards crimes against women. There is increase in crimes against women in the state.
National Commission for Women chairperson Mamta Sharma in Bhubaneswar

Article 370 of the Constitution, that gives a special status to Jammu and Kashmir, should be scrapped if the country has to have one Constitution instead of one for that state and another for the rest of the nation.
BJP leader LK Advani

The inauguration of the Banihal-Qazigund rail link will herald a new beginning for Jammu and Kashmir in both economic and social spheres of life, besides creating ample job opportunities.
UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi in Banihal

Every citizen wants the state should get special category status…It is linked to everyone&’s sentiments.
Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar in Patna

Whenever there is talk of secularism or a secular state, the Congress is with it. It&’s the duty of secular forces to assist each other.
Union home minister Sushil Kumar Shinde in Patna

Any improvement in Indo-Pak ties will almost automatically improve the Afghanistan situation.
US Special Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan Ambassador James Dobbins in Delhi

Skill development is needed to fill the significant gap between the actual skills of large number of candidates passing out from various schools, colleges and professional institutions across the country and the skills needed in the industry.
Union finance minister P Chidambaram in Delhi

We need to conclude a bilateral investment treaty as soon as we can; it is an important step towards bolstering investor confidence in both our countries.
US Secretary of State John Kerry in Delhi

The slowdown in growth is the most worrisome factor as industrial activity is stubbornly subdued and services remain below the trend.
Reserve Bank of India Governor D Subbarao in Mumbai

I’ll lay out my vision for where I believe we need to go — a national plan to reduce carbon pollution, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it.
US President Barack Obama