Saturday, October 2, 2010

Dr. Abdul Kalams Letter to Every lndian

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 stones 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-dreaming 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
In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism. cnme 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 rep4ied 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 underdeveloped 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 - ‘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 Ramzan. in Dubai .. YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in
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 STO and SD 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?’ 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.
When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl childi 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 is going to change the system?
What does a system Consist of? Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbors. 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 ones 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 Jokes or junk mails

Thank you.
Dr. Abdul Kalam

Source:- E-Mail From a friend.
Declaration:- I got this mail from a friend with a request to share it to everyone and I found blog as the best place to share it.
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