I like to set aggressive targets; without them, you will get ordinary performances.

If inflation is brought down, interest rates will fall. Once rates fall, we have the opportunity to maybe achieve the goal of 'housing for all' faster; take roads, infrastructure to India's interiors.

I want to reignite the interest in hydro-electric investments.

Anyone leaving the Congress' camp and joining - or even indirectly praising - the BJP-led NDA coalition immediately stands the risk of losing this Congress-issued certificate of secularism. It is a travesty!

I feel there is huge potential for India and the U.K. to work together both on the technology space and on the investment space.

In New York, lights are on the whole night; there are offices where not a single person is working, but all lights are on. The street lights at the White House are lit all the day. Why? And we are being told not to use coal.

Even a poor man doesn't ask alms unless he sees you have the ability to give.

India doesn't take responsibility for the problems that the world is facing because of thermal coal.

When a product is market driven, it should be able to pay for all its raw materials at market prices.

I'm not crying over surplus capacity... Surplus capacity is good for India. Surplus capacity means we can get more investors, can get more households and promise them 24/7 power.

When you give a good offer, people take it.

I am very friendly with the people of India, and corporates are also a part of that.

It's equal opportunity for all, and we don't play favourites.

When PM goes for a foreign visit, he represents a country and not the party.

Reaping political dividends out of tragedies is deeply engrained in the Congress' DNA.

I don't want projects to take 10 years to set up. That adds to the cost.

I will reach out to all states uniformly... I can assure you I will take two steps for every step they extend.

I don't get carried away by any praise; I know I have miles to go.

You can fool the people once, twice, but you can't fool them all the time. You should tell them honestly what you can do for them.

As more and more money is coming into the formal economy, one can look at more attractive tax rates and lower tax slabs. Even if half the people who were in the informal sector move in to the formal economy and more taxes get collected, more money can be spent on the welfare.

More taxes mean more money to spend for public welfare.

Centrally, I cannot interfere in states.

For me, as the Government of India, the interest of the poorest of the poorest is paramount.

Gujaratis are smart people.

India has been developing its green energy resources.

Western countries can cut down coal and replace it by renewables; I will need to have more coal.

I am a happier person living in a country which has surplus of everything rather than shortages.

I do not think the Nobel institution gives you a certificate that everything you say is always right.

Under Prime Minister Narendra Modi, we are looking to make India self-reliant in terms of power requirement, along with providing carbon-free sources of power, thus improving India's position globally.

Of course we have to use coal... the renewable energy sources will supplement the supply from coal.

The Gujarat government knows what's in the interest of consumers. When they plan, they ensure they can save every single rupee or earn every single rupee for the state government and bring power at lowest cost to the consumer. They are tightfisted in their approach.

We cannot have a system that everything can be passed on to the final consumer in the garb of cost being recovered without being sensitive to their own problems and affordability.

Western countries have gone through their development cycle and enjoyed the fruits of ruining the environment over many years and are now giving us homilies and pontificating on responsibilities to the environment. I think they need to look inward.

Indians have become very demanding. Gone are the days where you could get away with power outages.

If you are moving the informal economy into the formal economy, and if the transactions which for years were never reported as part of GDP are now transacted through banking channels, it will only add to the GDP, not reduce the GDP.

The Modi government believes that the industrialist, the capitalist, has to pay for the assets of the government which belong to the people of India.

Cost-plus is an inefficient way to do things.

Electricity can transform people's lives, not just economically but also socially.

India's infrastructure deficit in terms of roads, railways, power, and ports needs to be addressed on a fast-track basis.

You only expect something from somebody you have confidence can deliver.

People have seen the Modi government's track record, and now they believe that if we say something, it will happen.

I am still fairly confident we will come out better than the West in terms of our overall development versus damage.

Ramifications of small decisions can be pretty large.

I have very often held a view - and I am public about it - that if you run your operations inefficiently, you can't expect your consumer to pay for your inefficiencies.

I am a person always with an open mind.

If India moves towards 100 percent LED lighting, we will reduce almost 79 million tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere. This will also reduce the electricity bills of people.

You can't sell thermal power without the competitive bidding.

My father studied under a street light in a small town in Haryana.

It is important to take into account the total power cost borne by consumers after taking into account what they spend on inverters and gensets.