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PM: Our challenges at nation building are primarily at home

india Updated: Oct 30, 2009 14:20 IST

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Inaugurating the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday said that the challenges faced by India are primarily at home.

He said India faces challenges like poverty and bringing about inclusive growth. He expressed the need of trying to achieve and maintain an economic growth of 9-10 per cent.

He also talked about the external challenges faced by the country in the shape of global economic slowdown and terrorism. PM Manmohan Singh expressed the need of tackling these challenges. He said that a collective leadership from all class and segment of society is needed to meet these challenges.

The Prime Minister also talked about the need of having good relations with the neighbours. He said that the destiny of a nation is interlinked with that of its neighbours. He added that India would like to see her neighbours develop and grow.

He further said that India would always be happy to extend help to all its neighbours and help them grow into bigger democratic states.

The PM said India's destiny is intrinsically linked with her neighbours. Regarding China and India, the Prime Minster said both the countries have immense opportunities and can grow side by side. He said though border issues are there with China but peace should prevail."

Commenting on Pakistan he said, "Pakistan is grappling with internal problems and India wishes them success."

Manmohan Singh also made it clear that the security of our nation (India) lies in progress and stability.

Addressing the issue of Climate change, the Prime Minsiter said that as responsible global citizen, India wants to be partner with other nations in the conservation of the environment.

He spoke about the need of not just a new India in the 2020, but a new South Asia.