Jamshedpur, Oct 15: Little did Jainulabdeen and Ashiamma know that their son would grow up to be the first citizen of India, but it happened.
Not only did he become the President of India – he came to be known as the ‘People’s President’– and has been ranked amongst the most respected people the country has ever seen.
‘To shine like sun, you should first burn like sun’ was one of his best quotes and we, as Young Indians should be ready to take his thoughts forward as our own towards implementation.
There is no subject that Dr Kalam hasn’t touched upon, either through his books or talks and that gives us a very vast scope to be engaged with. With this background, CII Yi (Young Indians) observed the first birth anniversary of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam through a ‘Yi Youth Dialogue’ on ‘Visioning for India’ in Jamshedpur on October 15.
The event held at Centre for Excellence saw D D Pathak, Management Consultant & Mentor and Ex Team Leader, IR/HRM function, Tata Steel Ltd address the gathering.
Mr Pathak said Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was not only President of India but he was People’s President. His Contribution to Indian growth during and after his Presidency reached out to youth of India. It’s an occasion to celebrate the man he was and his vision for our country.
There is not a single subject which was not touched by Dr Kalam. He was a man with great knowledge who never chased for money and fame. He received his Bharat Ratna, Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan before he became President. He continuously reinvented himself, carried least luggage and transformed himself.
He had great respect for teachers and had greatest desire to become a teacher. A teacher builds people and people mould and reconstruct the nation. After country became independent, India did not have aim and vision of its own.
The entire developed nation uses huge amount of plastic but we see it floating in India because in a developed country, cleanliness of place, is managed by its citizen. Mr Pathak requested the gathering to not litter and not allow others to do so to make it a clean India.
He appealed to put the other before me, not under me. We will respect others as much as we respect ourself. The external environment continuously changes, we need to transform ourselves to Present.
Mr Pathak considered Dr Kalam as a Sanyasi not in a dress code, who never thought of himself and dedicated his entire life to others and nation.
We all should make our vision and our responsibility to make our country developed from developing. Our visions may differ now but once we align our solutions based on India’s DNA, we will reach common goals. So keep thinking and keep innovating.
On the occasion Yi members and students of XLRI, Loyola School, NSIBM, Kerala Public Schools and others were present.