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The President DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s Speech in Hyderabad .

Posted by @ B H i on November 25, 2006

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
s elf-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
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 othe r 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 negativ e. 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 sys tem?
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 some Jokes
or non-sense
junk mails.
Thank you,
Dr. Abdul Kalaam


15 Responses to “The President DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s Speech in Hyderabad .”

  1. Sushanto Banerjee said

    The article really calls for introspection.

    I am perosnally a firm believer of “Be a complete Indian in true sense.

    Sincerely request all the members of the constitution to kindly give another and another till he has achieved the dreams of Developed INDIA.

    We should all take oath to construct A Devepoled India.

  2. Vineeta said

    I really liked your provocative and inspiring words. I not only share your emotions, but have been working at my level on some of the ideas presented in your article. I believe in Mother Teresa’s saying, Do not wait for leaders; do it alone, person to person.
    thanks for enlightening us!!

  3. Surya N. Thakur said

    This article gives me great inspiration to things I have tried to do in the past but got discouraged by the magnitude of the acts of a large majority. I will now do what my coscience tells me without caring about others.

  4. A. Dharmaraja said

    I would like to appreciate our President Dr. Abdul Kalaam for his enthusiastic explanation in what way people mistaking our own nation.

    It’s really impressive to read that we are in well developed nation; each and every Indian have read this and be proud as a grateful Indian to our country.
    We have to make manifest to the people about our country.

  5. Erasmose Aloysius said

    A nations development is in hands of their citizen,
    1 induvidual is a member of a family.
    A family is a member of a village.
    Villages makes a District and districts to State.
    FInally states are building the Nation.
    Then why a person can’t change the nation.
    Change yourself build your nation.
    Thanks to Kalam our President to remind us!

  6. V.N.Seneviratne said

    This speach relate not only to India but Sri Lanka too. The facts presented with emotions are really true.

  7. kalpana banerjee said

    i totally agree with our great president kalaams view it is true and full of enthusiasm where he is imploring we indians to rise and do something positive and constructive. it seems .becoming critical and negative have become our national character.
    can we request to introduce a positive channel on tv, where only positive news will be telecasted.

  8. sangster said

    Thats awesome , thats whats the truth, we must be overcomers and Stand Tall as indians (mature)

  9. Peters said

    The President never gave that speech.

    For a list of all the Presidents speech please visit the following link

    Please verify the credentials / source before posting such things on the public domain

    Whatever it is or whoever made it, the intentions are good.

  10. Nikhil said

    The other website, down at the moment but will be back near end of July 2007 is This site has been active since before his presidency, and has more info. The website is official.

  11. R.Rajsekaran said

    I am very much moved with the great man’s view it is true that when an Indian goes to a Foreign country he is following the rules and regulationsmore than that of a country citizen but when he is in our own(his) country he forgets all so the situation shoud change and everyone should initiate something to make the system straight bcoz single hand cant make much noise but a multiple of it make others to look at it.jai hind

  12. Raghavendra said

    I really love this speech more than anything else. If each and every Indian would have thought the same way as in the speech, India would have been in a position way too higher than any other country. India is always the best. After reading this speech, I feel like meeting that great person personally and touch his feet. He was the best President. No doubt…

  13. nikita said

    this was the speech our principal read(a part
    ) in the assembly a day after president sir read it……….from that day i have been looking for it…to read the full speech & today i read it….it should not just be read but we sholud think abt it.we shold do something for our mother india….our contribution may not be big but it is surely significant……………….as we know drops of water make an ocean

  14. You really make it appear really easy along with your presentation however I find this matter to be actually one thing that I believe I might never understand. It kind of feels too complicated and extremely extensive for me. I’m taking a look forward in your subsequent post, I will attempt to get the hang of it!

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