[AI] Fwd: Dr. Abdul Kalam's Letter strictly to Every Indian

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   Dr. Abdul Kalam's Letter to Every Indian

[image: APJ Abdul Kalam at Speech]*Why is the media here so negative?
**Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our
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.*

[image: APJ Abdul Kalam at Speech1]*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.*

**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 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 ?*

[image: APJ Abdul Kalam at Speech2]*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.*

[image: APJ Abdul Kalam Wings of fire]*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
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.*

[image: APJ Abdul Kalam E-Mailing]*Forward this mail to each Indian for a
change instead of sending Jokes or junk mails.*

*Thank you,*

*Dr.. Abdul Kalam*

*I humbly request you to forward this to every Indian……*

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