Strengthen the rural areas and you will find less people migrating to urban areas. You give them opportunity, self respect & self confidence, they will never go to an urban slum.
Listen to the people on the ground. They have all the solutions in the world.
[The Barefoot College is] the only college where the teacher is the learner and the learner is the teacher.
Our job is to show how it is possible to take an illiterate woman and make her into an engineer in six months and show that she can solar-electrify a village.
What's the best way of communicating in the world today? Television? No. Telegraph? No. Telephone? No. Tell a woman.
We went to Ladakh ... and we asked this woman, 'What was the benefit you had from solar electricity?' And she thought for a minute and said, 'It's the first time I can see my husband's face in winter.'
I had a very elitist, snobbish, expensive education in India, and that almost destroyed me.
The prime minister is 12 years old. She looks after 20 goats in the morning, but she's prime minister in the evening.
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