Development politics need of the hour: Kalam
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Last Updated: Saturday, August 08, 2009, 17:26
Mumbai: Results of the just-concluded Lok Sabha election indicate performers have been endorsed by the electorate and that developmental politics succeeds in India, former President A P J Abdul Kalam on Saturday said.

"More Performers have got elected," Kalam said while interacting with students at the launch of the Malhar Conclave in St Xavier's College here.

He told the students aspiring to be political leaders statecraft can be of two types - political and developmental.

"We should be doing 30 percent political and 70 percent developmental politics. But, we are doing the reverse," Kalam said, advising the students not be cynical about the direction of India's progress and growth.

He said India was a multi-cultural, multi-lingual, multi-regional and religious nation. "No where on the planet Earth, can you find such a unique nation. Problems are bound to be there. But, the youth should overcome them."

On whether India can be considered a great country at this juncture, the former President said, "Greatness lies in the people of the country, if they respect other human beings and are tolerant and appreciative of each other's views."

On brain drain, he said, "I don't believe in brain drain. India produces three million graduates every year. If 10 percent of them leave the country, it is not brain drain."

Asked why India went nuclear provoking a neighbouring country to follow suit, Kalam, who played a key role in Pokhran-II, said the country cannot succeed without strength.

"Only strength respects strength. Our nuclear programme has a clear doctrine of no first use. It is only a minimum deterrent weapon. The day 20,000 nuclear warheads all over the world are destroyed, we too will follow," he said.

Kalam also proposed a National Prosperity Index with three dimensions - GDP, what percentage of 200 million families below poverty line (BPL) are lifted from their present status, and joint family system.

"In a nuclear family, a minor problem becomes a tragedy while in a joint family, problems are shared and the happiness index is higher," the noted scientist said.

Kalam said the index will bring down the cultural, social and economic variations that exist in the society.

"Whenever there is a dream, transform the vision into a mission. Acquire knowledge from all sources, absorb failure and taken responsibility," he told the students.

Kalam said in 2020, he visualises an India where urban rural divide has reduced, agriculture, industrial and service sectors work in symphony, Government is responsive, transparent and corruption-free, quality education and health care facilities are available without discrimination. "We will be the best nation to live," he said.

Kalam told the students that having low aim was a crime. "Ignited mind of the youth was the most powerful resource on earth, above earth and under the earth. The youth power can change the world, if properly directed and controlled."

Kalam explained that where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in character, harmony at home, order in the nation leading to peace in the world.

"Who will ensure righteousness in the heart?" he asked, adding this was the duty of the parents and the primary school eacher.

Kalam also read out a ten-point oath for the youth. "Have a goal and work hard to achieve it, small aim is a crime, work with integrity and succeed with integrity, be a good member of the family, society, nation and the world, save or better some one's life without discrimination of language, caste, creed, religion, region or state. Always think what can I do or what Can I give to others," he said.

Kalam asked the students to always protect and enhance dignity of every human life without any bias. "Work with courage to achieve success and also enjoy others' success," he said.

Bureau Report

First Published: Saturday, August 08, 2009, 17:26

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