Thursday, October 15, 2015


Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's ‪Letter‬ to Every Indian

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 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 - 'Your's. Give him a face - 'Your's'. 
Your's 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 neighbours, 
other households, other cities, other communities and 
the government.
But definitely not ME & 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 and 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 letter to each Indian for a change .

Thank you …
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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