27th July, the doleful day in Indian history. The dangling grey hair and dark blue-grey suits would be a memory for children. Former president APJ Abdul Kalam passes away. He was the 11th president of India and known as the missile man. He was a career driven scientist turned politician. There would be no better word to say of Dr Kalam and it would be never enough.
Dr Kalam, 84 collapsed while lecturing the management students at the Indian institute of management-Shillong, which means even after his presidential duty he was there to play a role as a ‘guru’ for the youth of India. Shedding tears would mean disrespect to him, following the path he had laid down for the youth would show the real man he was.
The happening of his dream the India vision 2020, initially a document prepared by the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council (TIFAC) of India’s Department of Science and Technology , which was under the chairmanship of Dr Kalam and a team of 500 experts would mean a great tribute to the legend.
He explained it as;
“Transforming the nation into a developed country, five areas in combination have been identified based on India’s core competence, natural resources and talented manpower for integrated action to double the growth rate of GDP and realize the Vision of Developed India.”
He has enlightened the youth’s way, now it is the duty of youth to go ahead in his thinking and bring about his dreams of India true.
India has lost one of her most treasured belonging. The fire of inspiration to millions of people has been put out. But what he has done will never be forgotten by any Indian and still remain a role model for many of them.
“My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people”
-APJ Abdul Kalam