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Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai Email Compiled/partly written by Melvin Durai
October 2018





“I don’t want him to lose his job. It’s his livelihood. I don’t want him to apologize to me. Maybe to the public. He hurt the public more than he hurt me.”

– Taj Sardar, owner of The Kings Diner in Ashland, Kentucky, who received an outpouring of public support after a customer, who works at Portsmouth Emergency Ambulance Service, posted a racist comment about the business on Facebook. (The Daily Independent)






“When the worst of our politics tried— and continue to try—to pull us apart, he showed courage. His north star as a legislator and leader were always his morals and his convictions, never partisan ideologies.”

– Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal, tweeting a tribute to the late Senator John McCain.









“I see the current global crisis of increased intolerance, illiberalism, and authoritarianism as deeply linked to patriarchy and misogyny; and I believe that fighting for a more democratic future will inherently require us to fight for a more feminist future.”

– Kavita Ramdas, who was appointed director of the Women’s Rights Program of Open Society Foundations.








“I can’t find the words to express my happiness. It’s been an unbelievable journey. I can’t believe this day came in my lifetime.”

Anjali Gopalan, founder of the NGO the Naz Foundation, following the Indian Supreme Court’s decision to overturn a 157-year-old law criminalizing gay sex. The Naz Foundation began mounting a challenge to Section 377 in 2001. (Washington Post)







“Providing power to the world’s energy poor turns on the lights—and also empowers education, sanitation, and health care. It closes the gap between the haves and have nots.”

Mark Alan Hughes, founding faculty director of the Kleinman Center at University of Pennsylvania, announcing that the center will award its fourth annual Carnot Prize to Piyush Goyal, India’s former minister of power and renewables and current minister of railways and coal, for directing the effort to electrify 18,000 villages in remote parts of India.

Compiled and partly written by Indian humorist MELVIN DURAI, author of the novel Bala Takes the Plunge.
[Comments? Contributions? Please email us at melvin@melvindurai.com. We welcome jokes, quotes, online clips, and more.]

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