My Visions for India by A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
My Vision for India is a speech delivered by Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, India’s former President, in which he explains his three visions for India if it is to join the club of developed nations. He works to educate people about their responsibilities and urge them to work together to develop a stronger India developed nation.
Kalam’s first vision for India is FREEDOM. He recounts how India has been looted numerous times by invaders. India, on the other hand, has never invaded another country out of respect for its neighbours’ freedom. In 1857, modern India fought its first war of independence. After achieving independence, we must safeguard this liberty, without which no one will respect us.
DEVELOPMENT is his second vision for India. For years, we have been a developing nation. It is past time for us to view ourselves as developed nations. Today, our accomplishments are recognised on a global scale. As a result, I believe we must infuse our self-confidence with the vision of a developed nation that is self-sufficient and self-assured. India’s economy is expanding and its poverty rate is decreasing. The 10% GDP growth rate is a positive sign. However, Dr. Kalam stated that Indians have been unable to envision themselves as a self-sufficient nation. He, on the other hand, wishes to see India as a developed nation, not merely a developing one.
STRENGTH is the third vision for India. India must take a stand against the rest of the globe. We must be strong not only militarily, but also economically. Generally, we are unaware of our own power and accomplishments. Our media is only scrutinised in the context of negative news, failures, and disasters. We always exaggerate our country’s flaws and overlook its strengths.
Kalam laments our obsession with exotic objects. We have an insatiable appetite for foreign technology. Kalam cautions us that self-respect can only be earned via self-reliance. Rather than glorifying other countries, it is our obligation to develop India for the next generation. We simply blame our government for being inefficient and constantly talking but doing little. We would never dare to throw cigarette buds on Singapore’s roadways, but we will do it as soon as we set foot on Indian soil. If we can be responsible citizens in another country, why can not we do the same in India?
We elect a government and then disassociate ourselves from all accountability. We want the government to take care of everything, despite the fact that our contribution is entirely negative. Concerning social concerns such as women, dowry, and girl child, we raise our voices but continue to act in the opposite manner at home. We are constantly expecting someone to come along and completely overhaul the system. Everybody is out to exploit the country, but none considers the system. Kalam echoes J.T. Kennedy’s statement that we must ask what we can do to develop India to the level of America and other developed countries.
To sum up, India has the potential to become a great nation on a par with the United States of America or any European country provided its citizens cease criticising their own government and other institutions. A shift in perspective is required. Rather of whining, individuals should actively engage in the development process by fixing their own difficulties.