New Delhi: "We have made a number of promises and we have promises to keep," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh declared Saturday at the first meeting of his newly-sworn in cabinet.
In doing so, he was harking back to India's first prime minister Jawaharlal Nehru who often cited the last stanza of Robert Frost's immortal poem "Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening" that runs thus:
The woods are lovely, dark and deep/But I have promises to keep/And miles to go before I sleep/And miles to go before I sleep.
Nehru was known to often cite the last two lines of the verse as he unveiled his vision for India's development in the early days of the country independence.
The cabinet meeting, which was held at Manmohan Singh's official 7 Race Course Road residence, lasted for 30 minutes and was attended by all the 19 ministers who were sworn in Friday, Home Minister P. Chidambaram said.
What was the mood at the meeting, IANS asked him.
"Well, the prime minister said we have made a number of promises and we have promises to keep," Chidambaram said.