Wednesday, June 4, 2008

DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalaam's Speech in yderabad:

DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalaam's Speech in yderabad:

This definitely is worth reading(in its whole entirety) even a 2nd or
3rd time.
Infact the last sections of it should be framed and posted in
public places, and public office buildings, outside train and airplane
restrooms. Else, how will a common man without access to email get to
read this. It should even be read out from radio stations and
televisions during ad-breaks - else how will an illiterate Indian get
to know about it. And not only that, the message needs to be heard over
and over again - since no adult or child can learn something new by
being told once .... and it is even harder to re-learn old habits. As
desired by the President of India, this paper is for circulation.
- The President's Office

The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalaam's Speech in yderabad:

"I have three visions for India. In 3000 years of our history, people
from all over the world have come and invaded us, captured our lands,
conquered our minds. From Alexander onwards.... The Greeks, the Turks, the Moguls, the Portuguese, the British, the French, the Dutch - all of them came and looted us, took over what was ours. Yet we have not done this to any other nation. We have not conquered anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history and tried to enforce our way of life on them. Why? Because we respect the freedom of others. That is why my first vision is that of FREEDOM. I believe that India got its first vision of this in 1857, when we started the war of independence. It is this freedom that we must protect and nurture and build on. If we are not free, no one will respect us.
My second vision for India is DEVELOPMENT. For fifty years we have
been a developing nation. It is time we see ourselves as a developed nation.
We are among top 5 nations of the world in terms of GDP. We have 10
percent growth rate in most areas. Our poverty levels are falling. Our
achievements are being globally recognized today. Yet we lack the self-confidence to see ourselves as a developed nation, self- reliant and self-assured. Isn't this incorrect?
I have a third vision. India must stand up to the world. Because I
believe that, unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us.
Only STRENGTH respects strength. We must be strong not only as a military power but also as an economic power. Both must go hand-in-hand. My good fortune was to have worked with three great minds. Dr. Vikram Sarabhai of the Dept. of Space, Professor Satish Dhawan, who succeeded him and Dr. Brahm Prakash, father of nuclear material. I was lucky to have worked with all three of them closely and consider this the great pportunity of my life.

I see four milestones in my career: Twenty years I spent in ISRO. I
was given the opportunity to be the project director for India's first
satellite launch vehicle, SLV3. The one that launched Rohini. These
years played a very important role in my life of Scientist. After my ISRO years, I joined DRDO and got a chance to be the part of India's guided missile program. It was my second bliss when Agni met its mission requirements in 1994. The Dept. of Atomic Energy and DRDO had this tremendous partnership in the recent nuclear tests, on May 11 and 13. This was the third bliss. The joy of participating with my team in these nuclear tests and proving to the world that India can make it, that we are no longer a developing nation but one of them. It made me feel very proud as an Indian. The fact that we have now developed for Agni a re-entry structure, for which we have developed this new material. A very light material called carbon-carbon.

One day an orthopedic surgeon from Nizam Institute of Medical
Sciences visited my laboratory. He lifted the material and found it so light!
That he took me to his hospital and showed me his patients. There were these little girls and boys with heavy metallic calipers weighing over three Kg. each, dragging their feet around. He said to me: Please remove the pain of my patients. In three weeks, we made these Floor reaction Orthosis 300-gram calipers and took them to the orthopedic center. The children didn't believe their eyes. From dragging around a three kg. Load on their legs, they could now move around! Their parents had tears in their eyes.
That was my fourth bliss!

Why is the media here so negative?

Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths,
our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing
success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why? We are the first in milk production. We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.

We are the second largest producer of wheat.

We are the second largest producer of rice.

Look at Dr. Sudarshan; he has transferred the tribal village into a
self-sustaining, self-driving unit. There are millions of such
achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.
I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It
was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken
place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchard and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone
woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside
in the newspaper, buried among other news. In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why are we so NEGATIVE? Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign TVs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance? I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied:
I want to live in a developed India.

For her, you and I will have to build this developed India. You must
proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly
developed nation. Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance. Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice is yours.

YOU say that our government is inefficient.

YOU say that our laws are too old.

YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.

YOU say that the phones don't work; the railways are a joke,

The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.

YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute

YOU say, say and say.

What do YOU do about it?

Take a person on his way to Singapore.

Give him a name - YOURS.

Give him a face - YOURS.

YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores.

YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are.

You pay $5 (approx. Rs. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM.

YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you
have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your
status identity. .

In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU?

YOU wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai.

YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah.

YOU would not dare to bribe an employee of the telephone exchange in
London at 10 pounds (Rs. 650) a month to, "see to it that my STD and ISD
calls are billed to someone else."

YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and
then tell the traffic cop, "Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I
am?). I am so and so's son. Take your two bucks and get lost."

YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the
garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand.

Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo?

Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in
We are still talking of the same YOU.

YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other
countries but cannot in your own. You who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground. If you can be an involved and
appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the same
here in India?

Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay,
Mr. Tinaikar had a point to make. "Rich people's dogs are walked on the
streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place," he
said. "And then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the
authorities for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect
the officers to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the
pressure in his bowels? In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job.
Same in Japan. Will the Indian citizen do that here?" Mr.Tinaikar is
right. We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all
responsibility. We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the
government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally
negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going
to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick
a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin. We expect the railways
to provide clean bathrooms but we are not going to learn the proper use
of bathrooms. We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.
This applies even to the staff that is known not to pass on the service
to the public. When it comes to burning social issues like those related
to women, dowry, girl child marriages! and others, we make loud drawing
room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home. Our excuse?
"It's the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone
forego my sons' rights to a dowry." So who's going to change the system?

What does a system consist of ? Very conveniently for us it consists
of our neighbours, other households, other cities, other communities and the
government. But definitely not me and YOU. When it comes to us
actually making a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along
with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at
countries far away and wait for a Mr. Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away.

Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in
their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England. When England experiences unemployment, we take the next
flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government. Everybody is out to abuse and
rape the country. Nobody thinks of feeding the system. Our conscience is
mortgaged to money.

Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a
great deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too.... I am
echoing J.
F. Kennedy's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians.....


Lets do what India needs from us.

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