I feel that when the reforms in UN take place and the Security Council will be expanded in the permanent membership category, India will have a place, I hope so, but first it is to be expanded.
India is content with itself, and driven by the will to sit on the high table of prosperity. It will not be deflected in its mission by noxious practitioners of terror.
It is open. It will remain secular and apolitical.
In our generation, the role models were Gandhi and Nehru. We revered them. They were venerated personalities. I read almost every speech of Nehru.
India is a land of plenty inhibited by poverty; India has an enthralling, uplifting civilization that sparkles not only in our magnificent art, but also in the enormous creativity and humanity of our daily life in city and village.
As Hamlet, the Prince of Denmark, had said in Shakespeare's immortal words, 'I must be cruel only to be kind.
Of course, running a coalition government in a country like India is a difficult task. More so when Congress leads the coalition, since most of the political parties were anti-Congress. To have a coalition, to run a coalition government, you require a lot of adjustments, a lot of flexibility.
The armed forces are professional, apolitical, and secular and the most disciplined force the country has today... We would not like to include (the armed forces) in such a type of survey, (but) in the case of other departments and ministries such a study will continue.
If the rise of European colonisation began in 18th century India, then the rallying cry of 'Jai Hind!' also signalled its end in 1947.
If the plane lands, it will be obstructed from taking off. We will also intercept it in the sky to prevent it from leaving Indian airspace,
I am comfortable at the height where destiny has put me.
We are keeping a close watch as Nepal is of vital interest to India.
Every political party has the right to demonstrate, but at the same time I have requested the state government to provide requisite security,
There are actually three French companies, one of them in the public sector, from which we are buying the submarines and not two.
The Pakistani point of view,
We do not recruit (in the armed forces) on the basis of caste, religion, creed or region...We do not maintain data based on such classifications.
In the 1980s, we were advised, why don't you follow Reaganomics or Thatcherite economics. We said, yes, there are good points, let's see how we can fit them in the Indian economy. Every country has its own way of moving forward.
Militants have made about five infiltration attempts since the October 8 earthquake, including two on a single day,
Now after arrest, within three months, the consular services will have to be made available.
We have agreed. They (Pakistan) have agreed to withdraw troops from the present positions. There is no two opinion about it, both sides have agreed
There is prima facie evidence of violation of clauses relating to use of undue influence and agents/agency commission, as contained in the contracts of Anti-Material Rifles (AMR) signed in 2002,
Redeployment is a regular exercise undertaken after a review of the situation in the state. Last year we reduced troops voluntarily.
It is not withdrawal but redeployment of forces from Jammu and Kashmir to the northeast as the violence level has come down.
Trickle-down theories do not address the legitimate aspirations of the poor. We must lift those at the bottom so that poverty is erased from the dictionary of modern India.
The Navy and the Air Force have already provided the data on the number of Muslims they have and we are taking up the survey in the Army, which had no such data till now.
Let Jammu and Kashmir lead the way in the building of a new future for India. Let it set an example to the rest of India and the world by showing how the entire region can be transformed into a zone of peace, stability and prosperity.
We are not apologetic of appointing a committee to look into the economic, social, education and cultural conditions of the single largest minority group.
The Cabinet has given the approval for promulgation of National Commission for Minority Education.
Some of them wanted to take advantage of the disturbed situation.
I have seen vast, perhaps unbelievable, changes during the journey that has brought me from the flicker of a lamp in a small Bengal village to the chandeliers of Delhi.