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APJ Abdul Kalam: Philosopher-Scientist and a Great Inspiration

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.

 It 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.

 When 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.

Source: http://www.speakingtree.in/spiritual-articles/new-age/philosopher-scientist-and-a-great-inspiration

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  • 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 capabilities?


    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.

    By Distant Observer - 7/31/2015 1:27:21 AM

  • Well-written article on an advocate of universal brotherhood.

    A.P.J. Abdul Kalam who was a visionary, a scientist par excellence and
    a President who connected with the hearts of over a billion people. As
    the President of the Republic of India, he redefined the
    constitutional office that he held by leaving no opportunity to
    connect with the people, particularly youth, to stir them to creative
    and virtuous action for the betterment of our nation and humanity at
    large. His India Vision 2020 was aimed at translating constitutional
    guarantees to people of India into a reality whereby every citizen
    could live a life of peace and dignity with economic independence. His
    simplicity and selfless service to the nation would continue to be a
    source of inspiration for all of us. He was truly people’s President
    and above all an advocate of interfaith harmony and brotherhood of
    By Ghulam Rasool Dehlvi - 7/30/2015 8:32:43 AM

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