Rights are not a matter of numbers – and there can be no such thing, in law or in morality, as actions forbidden to an individual, but permitted to a mob.
Just as man can’t exist without his body, so no rights can exist without the right to translate one’s rights into reality, to think, to work and keep the results, which means: the right of property.
A government is the most dangerous threat to man’s rights: it holds a legal monopoly on the use of physical force against legally disarmed victims.
The smallest minority on earth is the individual. Those who deny individual rights cannot claim to be defenders of minorities.
Individual rights are the means of subordinating society to moral law.
Let no one challenge India’s secularism.
We need to convert the extraordinary goodwill between India and Russia into a thriving, visible, vigorous, and mutually beneficial economic relationship.
We, the Indians, as Guru of the Nations: yes, I believe in that.
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.
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.
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.
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.
I have a vision of India: an India free of hunger and fear, an India free of illiteracy and want.
If India is not secular, then India is not India at all.
Our aim should be to make India a global R&D hub.
Indian democracy’s greatest strength is that we have always put the nation above politics.
India was secular even when Muslims hadn’t come here and Christians hadn’t set foot on this soil. It is not as if India became secular after they came. They came with their own modes of worship, and they, too, were given a place of honor and respect.
India is not a piece of land, but a living entity.
Members of India’s diaspora, living in distant lands of the world, my good wishes to all of you. You may be far away from India, but you are always close to our hearts.