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Letter to all Indians by Dr. Abdul Kalam

Discussion in 'Jokes' started by rajmiarun, Feb 21, 2007.

  1. rajmiarun

    rajmiarun Gold IL'ite

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    Please read this article by giving 10 minutes from your busy life.really good....
    The President of <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 /><ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>India</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 's Speech in <ST1:CITY><ST1:pLACE>Hyderabad</ST1:pLACE></ST1:CITY> .
    Why is the media here so negative?
    Why are we in <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>India</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> 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
    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 <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>India</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> 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 T. Vs, 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 <ST1:CITY><ST1:pLACE>Hyderabad</ST1:pLACE></ST1:CITY> 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 <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>India</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> . For her, you and I will have to build this
    developed <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>India</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> . You must proclaim. <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>India</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> 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.

     
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  2. rajmiarun

    rajmiarun Gold IL'ite

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    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 <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 /><ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>Singapore</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> . Give him a name - YOURS.
    Give him a face - YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at
    your International
    best. In <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>Singapore</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> 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 <ST1:STREET><ST1:ADDRESS>Orchard Road</ST1:ADDRESS></ST1:STREET> (equivalent of
    Mahim Causeway or <ST1:STREET><ST1:ADDRESS>Pedder Road</ST1:ADDRESS></ST1:STREET>) between <ST1:TIME Hour="17" Minute="0">5 PM</ST1:TIME> and <ST1:TIME Hour="20" Minute="0">8 PM.</ST1:TIME> 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
    <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>Singapore</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> you don't say anything, DO YOU? YOU wouldn't dare to eat
    in public during Ramadan, in <ST1:CITY><ST1:pLACE>Dubai</ST1:pLACE></ST1:CITY> . 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 <ST1:CITY><ST1:pLACE>London</ST1:pLACE></ST1:CITY> 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 <ST1:STATE><ST1:pLACE>Washington</ST1:pLACE></ST1:STATE> 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
    <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>Australia</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> and
    <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>New Zealand</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> .
    Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of <ST1:CITY><ST1:pLACE>Tokyo</ST1:pLACE></ST1:CITY> ? Why don't YOU use
    examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in <ST1:CITY><ST1:pLACE>Boston</ST1:pLACE></ST1:CITY> ??? 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 <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>India</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> ?

    Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of <ST1:CITY><ST1:pLACE>Bombay</ST1:pLACE></ST1:CITY>
    , 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?
     
  3. rajmiarun

    rajmiarun Gold IL'ite

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    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 <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 /><ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>India</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> 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 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 <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>America</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> to bask in
    their glory and praise their system. When <ST1:STATE><ST1:pLACE>New York</ST1:pLACE></ST1:STATE> becomes insecure
    we run to
    <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>England</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> . When <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>England</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> 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.

     
  4. rajmiarun

    rajmiarun Gold IL'ite

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    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.....

    'ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR <?XML:NAMESPACE PREFIX = ST1 /><ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>INDIA</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION>
    AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>INDIA</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION>
    WHAT <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>AMERICA</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY'

    Lets do what <ST1:COUNTRY-REGION><ST1:pLACE>India</ST1:pLACE></ST1:COUNTRY-REGION> needs from us.

    Forward this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending
    Jokes or
    junk mails.

    Thank you,

    Dr. Abdul Kalam
     
  5. Manjureddy

    Manjureddy Gold IL'ite

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    Dear Rajmiarun
    Very true ! We are ever ready to blame everybody else but never stop to think how we may contribute to making the world/ country better.

    In most of his speeches, Sri Kalam stresses the responsibility of citizens in building a better society. Please let me know, where this article/ speech was first published.
    Thanx
    Manjula
     
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    Thanks Rajmiarun, for sharing this with us......very true and if we all take up our responsibility seriously, we can make India a wonderful nation.....
     
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    Dear Rajmiarun,
    verytrue. It ishigh time that we start asking what you can do for your country rather than what the country has donefor you. Thecountry culture reflects thecitizens.
    Regards,
    Meenu
     
  8. rajmiarun

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    Hi Manju,
    I am not sure where this article was first published. This was forwarded to me by my Uncle.
     
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    Dear Rajmi

    An enlightening article which stresses our responsibilities. TQ for forwarding.

    Varudhini
     
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    :)
    i got lost reading this article thanks a ton to u for the post this really we ourselves forget our main responsibilites.
    i was wondering dr abdul kalam cud have done something more isnt it ?? maybe made more fixed rules bcz we indians need someone behind us to control us sometimes i wish he was a hitler to put all into line bcz by mere writeups we do read and forget after feeling sorry for ourselves for a while but we dont change
    sorry mr kalam but the truth is ur article is read well appreciated too but into practice maybe none wud put bcz we r indians :)) We dont do wot we need to do :yes:
     

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