Who Can Make India a Better Place?
Government or ‘U’? (DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s
Excellent Speech in Hyderabad) Plz Forward

read this article by giving 10 minutes from your busy life.
Really good…. ** *

The President of India DR. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s Speech in Hyderabad.
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 acknowledge them—

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 TVs, 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.

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

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 other than
the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New
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 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 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 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 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 greatdeal 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 Jokes or junk mails.

Thank you,

Dr. Abdul Kalaam

I humbly request you to forward this to every Indian…..Try to Follow……


” The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams”

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Thanks & Regards,
Fazal Basha Shaik