Dr. Abdul Kalam’s Letter to Every Indian (Appropriate for Sri Lankans too)
Posted on November 29th, 2011

 Dr. Abdul Kalam

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 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.

 Forward this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending Jokes or junk mails.

 Thank you,

 Dr.. Abdul Kalam

3 Responses to “Dr. Abdul Kalam’s Letter to Every Indian (Appropriate for Sri Lankans too)”

  1. Lorenzo Says:

    Why there aren’t such presidents in SL?

    Our leaders were far from scientific thinking. We never had a science granduate, MSc as the leader. Some were totally uneducated while the others were lawyers.

    Patali seems the only one coming close.

  2. Vijendra Says:

    What a great read indeed! There is a lot of food for thought in this little write-up.

    Cultural behaviour comes from the basic education and the ethics and values system of the society one lives in.

    If the education system separates the Sinhalese from the Tamils, can we expect them to pull together? If there are separate Tamil and Sinhalese homelands, can we expect them to pull together as Sri Lankans? If the citizens do not support the leadership of a country, can we expect them to succeed? If good leaders do not give the credit to those who help them to lead and achieve the objectives, but take the credit themselves, can we expect progress?

    Sri Lankans certainly have to learn to be proud of themselves and think and work as one nation to take the country forward.

    Vijendra

  3. Nalliah Thayabharan Says:

    Abdul Kalam’s very close relatives live in Mannarama & Anuradhapuraya, His brother lives in Rameswaram. Abdul Kalam’s Math teacher was from Jaffna – Mr Kanagasundaram

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