have three visions for India".
In 3000 years of our history, people from all over the world have
come and invaded us, captured our lands, conquered our minds. From
Alexander onwards. The Greeks, the Turks, the Moguls, the Portuguese,
the British, the French,the Dutch, all of them came and looted us,
took over what was ours.
we have not done this to any other nation. We have not conquered
anyone. We have not grabbed their land, their culture, their history
and tried to enforce our way of life on them.
Because we respect the freedom of others.
is why my first vision is that of FREEDOM.
believe that India got its first vision of this in 1857, when we
started the war of independence. It is this freedom that we must
protect and nurture and build on. If we are not free, no one will
second vision for India is DEVELOPMENT.
fifty years we have been a developing nation. It is time we see
ourselves as a developed nation. We are among top 5 nations of the
world in terms of GDP. We have 10 percent growth rate in most areas.
Our poverty levels are falling. Our achievements are being globally
recognized today. Yet we lack the self-confidence to see ourselves
as a developed nation, self- reliant and self-assured. Isn't this
have a THIRD vision. India must stand up to the world.
Because I believe that unless India stands up to the world, no one
will respect us. Only strength respects strength.
must be strong not only as a military power but also as an economic
power. Both must go hand-in-hand.
good fortune was to have worked with three great minds. Dr. Vikram
Sarabhai of the Dept. of space, Professor Satish Dhawan, who succeeded
him and Dr. Brahm Prakash, father of nuclear material. I was lucky
to have worked with all three of them closely and consider this
the great opportunity of my life.
see four milestones in my career:
Twenty years I spent in ISRO. I was given the opportunity to be
the project director for India's first satellite launch vehicle,
SLV3. The one that launched Rohini. These years played a very important
role in my life of Scientist.
my ISRO years, I joined DRDO and got a chance to be the part of
India's guided missile program. It was my second bliss when Agni
met its mission requirements in 1994.
Dept. of Atomic Energy and DRDO had this tremendous partnership
in the recent nuclear tests, on May 11 and 13.
was the third bliss. The joy of participating with my team in these
nuclear tests and proving to the world that India can make it, that
we are no longer a developing nation but one of them. It made me
feel very proud as an Indian. The fact that we have now developed
for Agni a re-entry structure, for which we have developed this
new material. A Very light material called carbon-carbon.
day an orthopedic surgeon from Nizam Institute of Medical Sciences
visited my laboratory. He lifted the material and found it so light
that he took me to his hospital and showed me his patients. There
were these little girls and boys with heavy metallic calipers weighing
over three Kg. each, dragging their feet around.
said to me: "Please remove the pain of my patients."
In three weeks, we made these Floor reaction Orthosis 300-gram calipers
and took them to the orthopedic center. The children didn't believe
their eyes. From dragging around a three kg. load on their legs,
they could now move around! Their parents had tears in their eyes.
That was my fourth bliss!
is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed
to recognize our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a
great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse
to acknowledge them.
are the first in milk production. We are number one in Remote sensing
satellites. We are the second largest producer of wheat. We are
the second largest producer of rice. Look at Dr. Sudarshan, he has
transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self driving
are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed
in the bad news and failures and disasters.
was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It
was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had
taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper
had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed
his desert land into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring
picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings,
bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among
India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime. Why
are we so NEGATIVE?
question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things?
We want foreign TVs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology.
Why this obsession with everything imported.
we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?
was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked
me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She
replied: "I want to live in a developed India."
For her, you and I will have to build this developed India. You
must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly
you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance. Got
10 minutes for your country?
yes, then read; otherwise, choice is yours.
say that our government is inefficient. YOU say that our laws are
too old. YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.
YOU say that the phones don't work, the railways are a joke, the
airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.
YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute
say, say and say. What do YOU do about it?
a person on his way to Singapore.....Give him a name - YOURS. Give
him a face - YOURS. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your
International best. In Singapore you don't throw cigarette butts
on the roads or eat in the stores. YOU are as proud of their Underground
links as they are. You pay $5 (approx. Rs.60) to drive through Orchard
Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM
and 8 PM. YOU comeback to the parking lot to punch your parking
ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall
irrespective of your status or identity. In Singapore you don't
say anything, DO YOU?
wouldn't dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai. YOU would
not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah. YOU would
not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London
at 10 pounds (Rs.650) a month to "see to it that my STD and
ISD calls are billed to someone else."
would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and
then tell the traffic cop, "Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you
know who I am?). I am so and so's son. Take your two bucks and get
YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the
garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand. Why don't
YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo? Why don't YOU use examination
jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston???
are still talking of the same YOU. YOU who can respect and conform
to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own. You
who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you
touch Indian ground.
you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country,
why cannot you be the same here in India?
in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal commissioner of Bombay,
Mr.Tinaikar, had a point to make. "Rich people's dogs are walked
on the streets to leave their affluent droppings all over the place,"
then the same people turn around to criticize and blame the authorities
for inefficiency and dirty pavements. What do they expect the officers
to do? Go down with a broom every time their dog feels the pressure
in his bowels?
America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the
job. Same in Japan. Will the Indian citizen do that here?"
go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all
responsibility. We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the
government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally
negative. We expect the government to clean up but we are not going
to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to
stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin.
We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms but we are not
going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.
want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and
toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.
applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service
to the public. When it comes to burning social issues like those
related to women, dowry, girl child and others, we make loud drawing
room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home.
excuse? "It's the whole system which has to change, how will
it matter if I alone forego my sons' rights to a dowry."
who's going to change the system?
does a system consist of?
conveniently for us, it consists of our neighbors, other households,
other cities, other communities and the government. But definitely
not me and YOU. When it comes to us actually making a positive contribution
to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe
cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait
for a Mr. Clean to come along & work miracles for us with a
majestic sweep of his hand, or we leave the country and run away.
Like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask
in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure
we run to England. When England experiences unemployment, we take
the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war-struck, we
demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government.
Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country. Nobody thinks of
feeding the system. Our conscience is mortgaged to money.
Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great
deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too....I am echoing
J.F.Kennedy's words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians.....
WHAT WE CAN DO FOR INDIA AND DO WHAT HAS TO BE DONE TO MAKE INDIA
WHAT AMERICA AND OTHER WESTERN COUNTRIES ARE TODAY"
DO WHAT INDIA NEEDS FROM US.
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