“Corruption is the enemy of development, and of good governance. It must be got rid of. Both the government and the people at large must come together to achieve this national objective.” – Pratibha Patil.
“Our foremost priority is the removal of poverty, hunger and malnutrition, disease and illiteracy. All social welfare programs must be implemented efficiently. Agencies involved in the delivery of services should have a strong sense of duty and work in a transparent, corruption-free, time-bound, and accountable manner.” – Pratibha Patil.
“Our goal of poverty eradication and of inclusive growth that embraces the disadvantaged and marginalized sections of society can be achieved when our actions are guided by a social conscience and are not devoid of sensitivity.” – Pratibha Patil.
“Women have talent and intelligence but due to social constraints and prejudices, it is still a long distance away from the goal of gender equality.” – Pratibha Patil.
“All issues, therefore, must be resolved through dialogue and there can be no place for violence. Negativity and rejection cannot be the path for a vibrant country that is moving to seek its destiny.” – Pratibha Patil.
“India is known for its sobriety and wisdom, balanced and sensible thinking. We need strong institutions and we need good governance in the country.” – Pratibha Patil.
“It is an ideology born out of hatred and its adherents belong to no religion, culture or civilization.” – Pratibha Patil.
“I believe economic growth should translate into the happiness and progress of all. Along with it, there should be the development of art and culture, literature and education, science and technology. We have to see how to harness the many resources of India for achieving common good and for inclusive growth.” – Pratibha Patil.
“Five years ago, when I was elected, I had the feeling that the president doesn’t have much to do. I’ve realized, though, that this is not a rubber-stamp position.” – Pratibha Patil.
“Often, we are quick to find blame with others but yet are unable to give constructive responses. There seems to be a tendency to doubt almost everything. Do we not have faith in our own people’s strengths and in our institutions? Can we afford distrust amongst ourselves?.” – Pratibha Patil.
“This post of President is a Constitutional post. It is the duty of everyone, all citizens to see that they respect the post… the institution of President.” – Pratibha Patil.
“Parliament of the country is the repository of the sovereign will of the people, and its successful functioning is a joint responsibility of both the government and the Opposition.” – Pratibha Patil.
“A paradigm shift, where, in addition to, physical inputs for farming, a focused emphasis placed on knowledge inputs, can be a promising way forward. This knowledge-based approach will bring immense returns particularly in Rainfed and Dryland farming areas.” – Pratibha Patil.
“It is important that the decorum and dignity of the House are upheld at all times. The image of Parliament in the public mind should be one where proceedings, debates, and discussions take place with a view to resolving issues through a constructive and co-operative approach.” – Pratibha Patil.
“Financial institutions, the corporate world, and civil society – all must uphold high standards of probity in their working. Only a genuine partnership between the Government and its people can bring about positive change to create a just society.” – Pratibha Patil.
“India-Seychelles relations have been characterized by close friendship, understanding, and cooperation.” – Pratibha Patil.
“India seeks to be a permanent member of the U.N. Security Council… things like this don’t happen automatically, you need constant dialogue and discussion with the world.” – Pratibha Patil.
“Terrorism is not a limited threat, it is a worldwide operation. Today, many countries in the east, and in the west, in the north, and in the south, have been the targets of the nefarious designs of terrorists.” – Pratibha Patil.
“There should be no effort, consciously or otherwise, that will lead to the erosion of institutional credibility and authority.” – Pratibha Patil.