[AI] DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 's Speech in Hyderabad-- worth reading

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Sat Jan 26 10:57:34 EST 2008

superb...Really superb
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> *Please read this article by giving 10 minutes from your busy life. Really 
> good.... ** *
> * The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam 's Speech in Hyderabad . 
> *
> 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 
> 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 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 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 
> 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 . 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 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. 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.
> Forward this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending Jokes or
> junk mails.
> Thank you,
> Dr. Abdul Kalaam
> I humbly request you to forward this to every Indian...... ......... 
> ......... ...
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