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Fight against all odds to become unique: Kalam

Last Updated: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 20:52

New Delhi: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam Tuesday asked children to fight against all odds to become unique in the society as every child has tremendous potential to become one.

He asked them to set goal and find a mentor as the first step of their endeavour and strive hard with perseverance to gain knowledge.

"Every child has tremendous potential to become unique and they should fight hardest against till they achieve it," Kalam told a gathering of children at Summer Fiesta organised by National Bal Bhawan (NBB) here.
Summer Fiesta is organised every year by NBB during which children from every strata gather to participate in creative activities.

Noted personalities are invited to interact with the children.

Terming small aim as "crime", Kalam said mantra of gaining knowledge is a combination of "creativity, righteousness in heart and courage".

The participants also asked the former President a wide range of questions, from rocket science to his vision about India being superpower in 2020.
Replying to a question about his `Vision 2020` and taking into account the present situation of the country, Kalam said, "For 2020, we have seven years in hand. If our economy grows by seven to eight per cent (which presently is five to six per cent), then there is possibility to achieve that goal."

On how he spends time after leaving Rastrapati Bhavan, Kalam said, "I am working on a project - Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas (PURA) - which would help six lakh villages of India. PURA proposes that urban infrastructure and services be provided in rural hubs to create economic opportunities outside of cities."


First Published: Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 20:52
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