Last updated on August 18, 2015
A P J Abdul Kalam People’s President Of India Is No More!
While delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong on 27 July 2015, Dr.Kalam suffered a massive heart attack at around 6:30 p.m. IST. He was rushed to the Bethany Hospital in a critical condition, and subsequently died of cardiac arrest.
Due to the sudden demise of Dr. Kalam, “People’s President” India Lost An Eminent Personality!
He was not just a President of India, He was a beloved President, commonly known as “People’s President”
- A Scientist
- A Leader
- A Philosopher
- A Saint
- A Musician
- A Writer
- A Philanthropist
- A Missile man
- A Visionary
- A Bharat Ratna
- A far-sighted architect of India’s space and missile programs.
- And undoubtedly a role model for all!
In short, he was a man who taught India to dream!
He was a wonderful and dedicated teacher till the very end!
Yes, he was a visionary and dreamer!
His departure is a great loss to the Nation of India, especially the children of India.
In this post, please read some of his messages he delivered at different intervals.
Also, please read a brief history of this wonderful personality HERE
This was his will or wish but…
” Don’t declare a holiday on my death, Instead, work an EXTRA DAY if you love me ” —Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalaam.
But sad to note that all the educational Institutions India declared a holiday for the day against his wish! As it is a practice in India to declare a holiday in such occasions!
Anyways, his contribution to the different fields will ever be remembered generation!
Here is a wonderful message this amazing person delivered a month ago!
Also, please read another post about this People’s President given at the bottom of this post.
Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam is not with us now… but what he did and said will be always be with us and with our children…!
Read one of his speech he delivered in a gathering recently.
Hats off to this amazing man!!!
We want people like him to be our leaders! But more importantly, citizens like him!
May his tribe increase!
Dr. Abdul Kalam’s Message to Every Indian “Why are we so NEGATIVE?”
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 underdeveloped 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.
Y OU 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?
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?
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 what do we do?
We make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home.
‘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 neighbors, other households, other cities, other communities and the government.
But definitely not ME & YOU.
When it comes to us actually makes 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…..’
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.
Forward this letter to each Indian for a change instead of sending JUST JOKES.
Thank you …
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
A Hyderabad City Women College (Megha & Omega) Paying Respect To The Departed Soul.
Read a bit more about this wonderful personality! Here in this Post: Abdul Kalam An All-round Personality
Yet Another Message: A Reminder To My Fellow Citizens
And Read his life story HERE
United Nations Organization (U.N.O) declared
Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam‘s Birthday October 15th,
“WORLD STUDENTS DAY“
It’s really a great honor given to an Indian Personality.
TO READ MORE ABOUT THIS AMAZING MISSILE MAN
PLEASE VISIT THIS POST WRITTEN BY ATISH RANJAN
With the demise of Dr. Kalam, many inspiring messages have been circulated on his life and accomplishments. Dr. Kalam does deserve all these tributes but did you know that in the background of this great scientist and leader is a small school where Dr. Kalam did not just get education but self confidence? The Schwartz High School, Ramanathapuram where Dr. Kalam studied is one of the oldest schools in India and the first school in India where English was the medium of instruction. The school was founded by Rev. Schwartz, a missionary to South India often called the Apostle to South India. Rev. Billing, another missionary who developed the school immensely established the Billings Hostel, where Dr. Kalam stayed and pursued his education. In Dr. Kalam’s words, ‘By the time i completed my education at Schwartz, i was a self confident boy, determined to succeed.’ (taken from wings of fire). The toils of missionaries like Rev. Schwartz and Rev. Billing are responsible for the makings of one of India’s most loved and admired personality. It is a mission school which sparked off Dr. Kalam’s dreams!!
Courtesy: Linson John, Ahmedabad
SOME QUOTES OF DR. ABDUL KALAM
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