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FW: The Vision Of an Indian (fwd)

>  An excerpt from APJ Abdul Kalam's editorial
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>  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
>  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
>  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
>  and built 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
> 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 right?
>  I have third vision. The 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 work with three great minds. Dr. Vikram
>  Sarabhai of the Dept. of space, Professor Satish Dhawan, who
>  him, and Dr. Brahm Prakash, father of nuclear material. I was lucky
>  have worked with all three of them closely and consider this the
>  opportunity of my life.
>  I see four milestones in my career:
>  ONE: Twenty years I spent in ISRO. I was given the opportunity to be
>  the project director for India's first satellite launch vehicle,
> The
>  one that launched Rohini. These years played a very important role
>in my
>  life of Scientist.
>  TWO: After my ISRO years, I joined DRDO and got a chance to be the
> of
>  India's guided missile program. It was my second bliss when Agni met
>  its mission requirements in 1994.
>  THREE: 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
>  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
>  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
>  material called carbon-carbon.
>  FOUR:  One day an orthopedic surgeon from Nizam Institute of Medical
>  Sciences visited my laboratory. He lifted the material and found it
>  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 Kgs. 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
>  three kg. load on their legs, they could now move around! Their
>  parents had tears in their eyes. That was my forth 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 second largest producer of wheat in
>  the world. We are the second largest producers in rice. We are the
>  first in milk production. We are number one in Remote sensing
>  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 with the bad news and
>  failures and disasters.
>  I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It
>  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
>  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
>  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
>  built this developed India. You must proclaim.
>  Abdul Kalam.
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