( Former Indian Prime Minister, Politician, Statesman and Poet ) 25 December 1924 – 16 August 2018
While accepting donations, no one looks at the colour of money.
India has a legitimate right to becoming a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council.
Let no one challenge India’s secularism.
Creative universities are bedrock of every developed nation’s S&T strategy.
Terrorism has become a festering wound. It is an enemy of humanity.
We need to convert the extraordinary goodwill between India and Russia into a thriving, visible, vigorous, and mutually beneficial economic relationship.
I believe the gun is no solution to problems.
We, the Indians, as Guru of the Nations: yes, I believe in that.
Empowering the individual means empowering the nation. And empowerment is best served through rapid economic growth with rapid social change.
I dream of an India that is prosperous, strong, and caring. An India, that regains a place of honour in the comity of great nations.
What is the age of death? Not even a couple of moments. Life is a progression, it’s not a matter of a day or two!
This power of democracy is a matter of pride for our country, something which we must always cherish, preserve and further strengthen.
Our nuclear weapons are meant purely as a deterrent against nuclear adventure by an adversary.
The reality is that international institutions like the UN can only be as effective as its members allow it to be.
We believe in equal respect for all faiths.
The prime minister’s office is not something that one enjoys.
I prefer to die rather than eat beef.
We have given up office, but not our responsibility to serve the nation. We have lost an election, but not our determination.
Violence does not contribute to anything.
The BJP decides its own policies.
India has the sanction of her own past glory and future vision to become strong – in every sense of the term.
The overwhelming public sentiment in India was that no meaningful dialogue can be held with Pakistan until it abandons the use of terrorism as an instrument of its foreign policy.
Our aim may be as high as the endless sky, but we should have a resolve in our minds to walk ahead, hand-in-hand for victory will be ours.
People want government to deliver – here and now.
The regional parties have emerged as a strong force, and they, too, deserve a place in national politics.
We hope the world will act in the spirit of enlightened self-interest.
There can be no compromise regarding corruption.
The question is not of ‘right’ and ‘left’; the issue really is Democracy versus Totalitarianism.
Politics is a game of compromise.
There was an implicit conviction that the UN would be stronger than the sum of its constituent member-states.
Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation, and advancement of one’s own culture and social organization.
People who ask us when we will hold talks with Pakistan are perhaps not aware that over the last 55 years, every initiative for a dialogue with Pakistan has invariably come from India.
During the 1942 Quit India Movement, I was a student at Gwalior High School. I was arrested by the British for participating in the movement. My parents then sent me off to my village where, again, I jumped into the movement.
Ours is a multi-religious country, a multi-lingual country; we have many different modes of worship. We believe in peaceful and harmonious co-existence.
The spending on science and technology needs to be increased.
Population needs to be stabilized for sustainable development.
Our frequent initiatives to normalize relations with Pakistan are not a sign of our weakness; rather, they are an indication of our commitment to peace.
One day you may become an ex-prime minister, but you will never become an ex-poet!
No state should be allowed to profess partnership with the global coalition against terror, while continuing to aid, abet, and sponsor terrorism.
Our nuclear scientists and engineers have done a splendid job, and naturally, the entire nation has risen to salute their professional excellence, discipline, and patriotism.
Neither India nor Russia perceives a threat from the strength of the other. Each sees a benefit for itself in the increased political and economic strength of the other.
In Indonesia, Malaysia, wherever Muslims are living, they don’t want to live in harmony.
I have a vision of India: an India free of hunger and fear, an India free of illiteracy and want.
It requires an effort of logical acrobatics to believe that carnage of innocents is an instrument for freedom and elections are a symbol of deception and repression!
Labour reforms are not anti-worker.
If India is not secular, then India is not India at all.
Why shouldn’t I live every moment to the fullest? Why shouldn’t I admire the beauty in every fragment?
I believe that democracy is the best guarantor for peace and cooperation among nations.
My government is committed to carrying out electoral reforms. It is our firm resolve to keep criminal elements away from power.
Our aim should be to make India a global R&D hub.