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Quota of Quotes

August 2008
Quota of Quotes

“With a unanimous winner at this early stage we decided it would be a sham to compose a shortlist and put five other writers through unnecessary stress and suspense." -- Pat Cotter, director of the Frank 0’ Connor Short Story Award, explaining why judges selected Jhumpa Lahiri’s “Unaccustomed Earth” without naming any finalists. (The Guardian)

“Indians in America are ever ready to pose for photographs with people in power but they will not stand up and fight against them even if injustice is done to us." – Rajnikant Parikh, a former New Jersey resident who claims he was assaulted by police, before being unjustly imprisoned for 9 months and deported to India. (Rediff.com)

"We want to project the image of Advani around the idea of change the same way that Obama's message resonated with people's hunger for change.” – Sudheendra Kulkarni, a political strategist for 81-year-old BJP leader L.K. Advani, who hopes to become Prime Minister next May. (Washington Post)

"Up until now, we've been in the public space protesting a violation, or someone being beaten up. Now we feel like we have enough of a foothold to celebrate a positive presence." – Gautam Bhan, 28, one of the organizers of a gay pride march in New Delhi. (San Francisco Chronicle)

"We've heard about this in other parts of the world where this takes place. This type of parade, people of India will not accept in a good way. ... It's an unnatural thing." – BJP spokesman Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi. (San Francisco Chronicle)

"I just want to say that I love my children very much. I was brought to this Earth to help people who are in need." – Varsha Sabhnani of Long Island, speaking in a U.S. District Court, where she was sentenced to 11 years in prison for enslaving and abusing two Indonesian maids. (AP)

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