Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's Letter to Every Indian
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
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
There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed
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.
Why are we so NEGATIVE?
Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with
We want foreign T.Vs,
Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?
I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl
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
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.
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'.
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
You come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if 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
YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington
YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than
Why don't YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo?
Why don't YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ?
YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other
YOU who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment
If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country,
In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job.
Will the Indian citizen do that here?
We go to the polls to choose a government and after that
We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government
We expect the government to clean up but we are not going to stop
We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not
We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food
When it comes to burning social issues like those related to
So who's going to change the system?
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.
home by the Indian government.
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.
Thank you …