We probably have too many “Days” which are asscociated with our leaders (mostly Congress??) .
But I do wonder if one day we will have a name for 15th October, Dr.Kalam's birthday. Perhaps Childrens Day should be shifted ;) I think many children might find Dr.Kalam more inspiring than Chacha Nehru (Can't imagine Congress reaction;)). By the way, what exactly did Nehru do for kids. (If any one knows, please do post. ).
But I think instead of thinking about him for just 1 day in a year, better if we get inspired by him, and incorporate some of it in our day to day life. Hmmm does it sound to vague and pompous?
And so quotes from his website. http://www.presidentofindia.nic.in
"Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life."
"Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is stagnation of the individual, organisation and the country. Thinking leads to action. Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant. Knowledge with action, converts adversity into prosperity."
"When you speak, speak the truth; perform when you promise; discharge your trust…. Withhold your hands from striking, and from taking that which is unlawful and bad…"
"What actions are most excellent? To gladden the heart of a human being, to feed the hungry, to help the afflicted to lighten the sorrow of the sorrowful and to remove the wrongs of injured…"
"All God's creatures are His family; and he is the most beloved of God who tries to do most good to God's creatures."..
"God has not promised Skies always blue, Flower-strewn pathways All our life through; God has not promised Sun without rain, Joy without sorrow, Peace without pain"
"I will not be presumptuous enough to say that my life can be a role model for anybody; but some poor child living in an obscure place in an underprivileged social setting may find a little solace in the way my destiny has been shaped. It could perhaps help such children liberate themselves from the bondage of their illusory backwardness and hopelessness?.."
Happy Birthday APJ. I personally think a day is not enough for you..
PS : Re.Shifiting of Childrens Day, I do not say that Kalam, has contributed more to this country than Nehru, just a personal opinion that Kalam might be more inspiring than Nehru. Neither am I suggesting that Dr.Kalam is the best achiever ever,nor he is perfect etc. But surely even the crtics would agree with his last quote.
posted on Friday, October 15, 2004 11:14 PM on O3