By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan
Jul 28, 2015
APJ Abdul Kalam, former President of India,
was a man of integrity. Intellectually, he was scientific in temper and
morally, a very humble person. He was born into a poor South Indian family
which could not even afford to pay his school fees. But he worked very hard and
continued with his education, and consequently went on to become a highly
respected aerospace scientist in the country.
Abdul Kalam was not “born with a silver spoon
in his mouth;” yet he was born with a great “incentive spoon” which was
responsible for his tremendous success. His self-motivation and high ideals
helped him, and he rose to the highest office of the country to become the
president of India. Kalam’s life has a very significant lesson, that is, that
people’s categorisation into rich and poor or haves and have-nots is unrealistic.
The real categorisation is that people are either actual haves or potential
haves. Those who today apparently belong to the category of have-nots can
convert their potential into actuality, and thus enter the category of haves.
Kalam once said that ‘If a country is to be
corruption-free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there
are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father,
mother and teacher.’ This statement is a correct analysis of nation-building, because
a person develops his personality in his formative period, during which he is
under the supervision of his parents and teachers. If these three members of
society resolve to guide the child in the right direction, then within one
generation the whole situation of India will undergo a drastic change.
Regarding youth, Kalam said: ‘My message,
especially to young people, is to have courage to think differently, to invent,
to travel the unexplored path, discover the impossible and to overcome problems
and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards.’ If we
express these qualities in one word, it can be said that young people should
make ‘excellence’ their goal; they should not accept anything less than
striving for the excellent. In doing so, not only will they reach great heights
of success, but will also be able to reform society along constructive lines.
is said that even amidst his tight schedule, Kalam found time to put pen to
paper, almost every day. This is a very creative habit because if a person
restricts himself only to routine office work, he will experience intellectual
stagnation. However, if he makes time for reading and writing, his intellectual
development will go on unhindered.
Once, Kalam said, ‘India has a message for the
world that religion could be transformed into a mighty spiritual force.’ This
is without doubt a realistic statement, because India has traditionally been a
country of high spiritual values. If India develops in spirituality, it will
certainly become a lighthouse of spirituality for the world.
Kalam was president, a reporter who was interviewing him was referring to him
as “Your Excellency”. Kalam cut him short, saying, ‘Call me Kalam.’ This is the
key to Kalam’s personality—he was modest to the core. His message is: Be modest and you will achieve success.
A glaring contrast observed by a long distant observer.
How two dissimilar Nations treated their benefactors who
made exactly similar contributions to their respective countries’ important national
A majority non-Muslim Nation ended up honouring its Muslim
Scientist by making him it’s President and venerate him as national hero;……
while a Muslim majority nation across the border hounded, imprisoned and
humiliated its Muslim Scientist on behest of its foreign Masters, for making exactly
similar contribution to his nation!
How can such a subservient and enslaved nation be counted “…
among the powers of the earth separate and equal station …” that
one of their foreign Masters proudly seem to propagate?
Solute to Abdul Kalam (RIP) and India, both of great qualities.