Dr. Apj Abdul Kalaam's Speech

Discussion in 'Jokes' started by Meenaneelakantan, Oct 26, 2007.

  1. Meenaneelakantan

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    A must read for every Indian.
    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 opportunity 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.
    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 land into an orchid 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
    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 selfreliance?
    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
    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 pits.
    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 Peddler Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM.
    YOU comeback 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 buy 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
    YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the
    traffic cop, "Jaanta hai sala 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 Boston?
    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
    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?" He's 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 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 who
    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 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 neighbors,
    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.....

    Let’s do what India needs from us. Share this with each Indian..
    For a change instead of sending Jokes or junk mails..


  2. RamyaVaradharajan

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    Hello Meenakshi, a very good thread!

    I have read this in my school during 12th std. Almost all students were given a copy of our Abdul Kalam ji's speech in our school. I am proud that i possess the same even now and i made use of it in one of my blogs.

    A man for whom mother India owes all her tribute. A man who provokes the thoughts of youngsters and calls for unanimous actions.

  3. Meenaneelakantan

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    Its really nice to c dat u do possess that priceless copy which was given to u during ur school days..I know u wouldnt easily afford to lose such priceless possessions..remember the keychain incident???..the first keychain presented to u by ur father n the happenings related to it later on..
    Forgive me buddy if am talking too much here..
    Couldnt resist writing this here wen i saw ur reply to d post..

    Chatterbox(this would perfectly suit me here)
  4. RamyaVaradharajan

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    Hello Meenakshi,

    Eh, this community is not only share our happiness, but to express ourselves well in all possible ways which would include the rainbow of emotions, such that we get advices and better views from our friends at IL :) Perfectly do not mind about whatever you had commented.

    Yes, almost every second i remember those beautiful treasures, not only did they reflect my father's gift but also my friend's. A treasure i lost in the so called emotion-less word "ragging".


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