Must Read! From
Dr. Abdul Kalam
THINK… THINK… ACT… ACT… ACT…
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
For her, you and
I will have to build this developed India.
You must proclaim.
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 yours.
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
Give him a name...YOURS.
Give him a face...YOURS.
YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best.
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 P.M. and 8 P.M.
YOU comeback to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have overstayed, identity.
dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in
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
chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the
Why don't YOU
spit Paan on the streets of
Why don't YOU use
examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in
We are still talking of the same YOU.
YOU can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch the Indian ground.
If you can be an
involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country, why cannot you be the
same here in
an interview, the famous Exmunicipal Commissioner of
"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?
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 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
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.
"It's the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my son's 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 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
When New York
becomes insecure we run to
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 American to relate to Indians?
"ASK WHAT WE CAN
Let's do what this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending Jokes or junk mails.
IS IT NOT THE
RIGHT TIME [THOUGH BELATED] FOR EVERY INDIAN TO INTROSPECT WITHIN AND ACT