Looking towards the future, one of the most important issues the national community must face is the widening gap between the liberated, modern, independent women and our traditional men who are being left behind.
Men don’t want to be confused by the facts when their minds are already made up. Women know the art of negotiation – just ask the mother of a four-year-old who refuses to eat his veggies or the parent of a teenager.
As a woman, my style defines my leadership. It’s a gentler, more compassionate approach. I consult, I listen and I compromise where it’s in the best interest of the citizens.
We need to rekindle those values, those strengths as a nation and as a people… And we must do so as one people with one goal.
We have seven pillars of development. India has a cutting edge information technology industry. We are setting up a technology park. We would like to see technology penetration iin education. Besides, we would like to see cooperation in industries like fashion, filmmaking, ship-building, education, health and energy.
I am my own woman…and was, long before I became Prime Minister. Attending to my family’s needs only made me stronger as a leader because if you know how to run a home and ensure each person’s particular need is met, it’s the best leadership training you can have.
Women are outperforming men in almost every sphere of life in our society and the women of East Indian ancestry are no exception to this rule. They have broken the cultural mould.
Today is indeed an historic occasion when as a first chair-in-office woman I hand over to another woman chair in office, your Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, in the presence of a woman head of the Commonwealth, Her Royal Highness, Her Majesty the Queen of England.
There are lot memories to take home but the most emotional moment has been when I was touching down in New Delhi. Tears rolled down when I saw the red soil in Delhi from the plane.
One of my officers said to me that Trinidad and Tobago is seen like an ATM card… you come in with the card and you come back out with cash. It cannot happen anymore. It just cannot happen.
As a child in the rural district of Penal I remember sharing meals from the same pot with neighbours of different racial, ethnic, social and economic backgrounds.
When I was travelling in Rajasthan people were waving hands, and it felt like I was visiting my own constituency.
My son is not that emotional. He thought my trip to India is just another conference, But when he hearing about my visit on TV, he too got moved.
Global governance cannot be limited to the crafting of instruments related to the promotion of democracy. A key component must be the creation of fair and equitable rules to enhance the development prospects of developing countries.