Poverty is multidimensional. It extends beyond money incomes to education, health care, political participation and advancement of one's own culture and social organisation.
People of Bihar are the most intelligent people on earth.
Our nuclear weapons are meant purely as a deterrent against nuclear adventure by an adversary.
You can change friends but not neighbours.
No state should be allowed to profess partnership with the global coalition against terror, while continuing to aid, abet and sponsor terrorism.
India will be successful when UP, Bihar, West Bengal, Assam and other parts of North East India are strengthened. India cannot develop till the eastern part of the country develops.
Whilst the Bihar calamity damages the body, the calamity brought about by untouchability corrodes the very soul.
The reality is that international institutions like the UN can only be as effective as its members allow it to be.
There is Bengal, and Bihar, Barakor river is in the middle of them; so strange, so profound! No other river (not even Ganga) has cast so vast a spell on me.
We hope the world will act in the spirit of enlightened self-interest.
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.
In the euphoria after the Cold War, there was a misplaced notion that the UN could solve every problem anywhere.
There was an implicit conviction that the UN would be stronger than the sum of its constituent member-states.
The Bio-diversity Convention has not yielded any tangible benefits to the world's poor.
I've not given them (the poor people of Bihar) heaven, but I've given them a voice.
For the first time in the history of Bihar, I provided a stable government. Despite being denied funds by the Centre, Bihar survived on its resources. I provided pucca dwellings to half a million Dalit families.
Global interdependence today means that economic disasters in developing countries could create a backlash on developed countries.
We believe that the United States and the rest of the international community can play a useful role by exerting influence on Pakistan to put a permanent and visible end to cross-border terrorism against India.
The UN's unique legitimacy flows from a universal perception that it pursues a larger purpose than the interests of one country or a small group of countries.
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.
For me there is a vital connection between the Bihar calamity and the untouchability campaign.
It is because of me that today the union government has sanctioned special funds for the development of Bihar.
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