A Speech From President Abdul Kalam...Must Read......

A SPEECH FROM PRESIDENT ABDUL KALAM..message: a speech when president
came to hyderabad in a function.


Why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed
to
recognize our own strengths, ourachievements? 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 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 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 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 unicipality 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 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 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 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 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 bowels? In America every dog owner has to clean up
after
his pet has done the job. Same in Japan. Wil l 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 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 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 America to bask in their
glory and praise their system. Whe n 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.....

'ASK WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA ,AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE
INDIA,WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY'

Lets do what India needs from us.
 


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