Dec 20, 2006

Dream, Dream, Dream!!!

There is a popular saying that the President of India is a mere rubber stamp to the Parliament. But to define a country's future, having legislature power is not a necessity. This is being shown time and again by India's first citizen Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam. The article I read in The Hindu yesterday exemplifies the statement.

India can definitely take pride for having had one of the most intellectually bright Presidents in the world. He was, and continues to be, a pillar of India's space programs. Not many presidents have their own websites. And even among the ones that do have, very few take interest in its contents. But definitely no president has a section, where you can directly send a mail to the president himself. Its a different issue whether the President can get to read the huge number of emails he will be receiving in a day. But the effort is there. And the fact he reads many of them is also proved on many occassions, when he quotes emails he receives from people and even children. His love for the young minds is well documented and nothing more special than this. Take a look at the President's site:
The site carries not only the usual speeches of the President, but also dedicated sections for children. This page also shows all the questions put to the President by children and his answers to them. There is also a separate section on Mughal gardens of the Rashtrapathi Bhavan. This is an amazing addendum to the site. I distinctly remember reading the news about the President instructing the maintenance team of the Gardens, saying that having a garden with just beautiful flowers is not enough. The garden should have a special section for useful herbs that can be of use to research and to the people. Read this news item on the popularity of the site

I am sure nobody would have motivated the youth in recent times as much as Kalam. He has definitely ignited the Indian youth, and made them believe in themselves and the part they have in the development of India. If there is any question as to who is the most popular person to have ever occupied a Government office in India, the answer would be unanimous. APJ Abdul Kalam.
As I have said before, one doesnt need powers of any kind to shape a country's future. Its the heart and the desire that matters.

Here are some of his famous quotes:
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”
"We must think and act like a nation of a billion people and not like that of a million people. Dream, dream, dream!”
“Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign television sets. We want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?”
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”

Having said all this, here is a quote from another contemporary president, "Those who enter the country illegally violate the law."


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