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The former President of India, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s Speech in Hyderabad about India’s Greatness
"THE GREAT INDIA of My Dreams " - written by Sri Ramana V Meegada
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. Why? We 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 unit. There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters. I 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 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 other news.
Our country, India, is the largest democracy, 2nd largest populous nation and 7th largest in geographical area on the earth. The natural barriers, Himalaya on the North, Bay of Bengal on the east, Indian Ocean on the south and Arabian Sea on the west are safeguarding the home land from invaders. Mark Twain aptly said, “India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grand mother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the The world’s first university was established at Takshashila (now in Bihar) in 700BC. More than 10,500 students from all over the world studied more than 60 subjects here.
Sanskrit, the mother of all the European languages and the most suitable language for computer software is born in India. Charaka, the father of history of man are treasuremedicine consolidated Ayurveda 2500 years ago here. Sushruta the father of surgery conducted complicated surgeries including plastic surgery and brain surgery 2600 years ago. The technique of algorithm used in computer science, the science of algebra and trigonometry, the value of pi, the place value and decimal system, the concept of zero all are invented in India. Albert Einstein said it so well, “We owe a lot to the Indians, who taught us how to count, without which no worthwhile scientific discovery could have been made”. The Vedas, which describe science and technology in a very profound way, were written in India thousand of years ago. When many cultures were only nomadic, forest dwellers over 5000 years ago, Indians established Harappan culture in Sindhu Valley (Indus Valley Civilization).
Not only the ancient India but also the 21st century India is shinning in the world’s map with its extremely talented and revolutionary Indians.
India has the record of publishing largest number of daily news papers (348 daily and 98 non-daily news papers in 15 Indian languages).
  • Indian film industry is the largest in the world.
  • India has the 2nd largest army(11,00000) in the world after china(16,00000).Pakistan is 5th (5,50000) and USA is 6th (4,77,800).
  • India is the 3rd nation in the world to develop land based and sea based cruise missiles.
  • India is the 4th largest in the world in terms of billionaires’ population (by American business publication Forbes it will top the list by 2017).
  • India is the 5th largest economy in the world. India is the 7th nuclear power in the world.
There are four Indians in the list of world’s top ten richest personalities- Lakshmi Mittal (4th), Mukesh Ambani (5th), Anil Ambani (6th) and KB Singh (8th). Some success stories are well known, such as Vinod Khosla, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Sabeer Bhatia, who founded Hotmail and sold it to Microsoft for $400 million. The number of New Economy millionaires of Indian descent is now in the thousands. The list of 21st century revolutionary Indians in tech companies are too long to mention here but some of them are Ken Bajaj CEO AppNet, P. Kaul CEO Hughes Network Systems (HNS), Krishna Kushwaha Executive Vice President, Research and Development cybercash, Sanju Bansal co-founder & COO MicroStrategy, Rakesh Gangwal CEO US AirWays, Sanjay Kumar President and COO , computer associates, Srinija Srinivasan – cofounder and Vice President Yahoo, Amar Bose – of the almighty Bose sound systems, Jim Wadia – head of Arthur Andersen and many more.. In spite of all these achievements we are still viewed as inferior, backward and poor people. Forget about foreigners, our own people misinterpret our country in many occasions. We are the victims of our own success. we have forgotten what we are. Patriotism is not a ritual to practise on the Independence Day or Republic day. It is something that inspires us to take the initiative to change the things which we complain everyday and move forward.
Now it is our turn to do our contributions to THE MOTHER LAND in whatever manner we can to make India developed and truly great Nation eliminating poverty,illiteracy, corruption,casteism,communalism,regional feelings ,religious fanatisms.
Help and involve in whatever manner we  can to provide good value based education to all, pure drinking water to all, safe and hygienic sanitation to all, medical facilities. It is sad to know that just 20 to 30 percent of the people of India are  enjoying the most of treasures available in india , these treasures  should be distributed to all. The Noble prize winner Dr Amarthya sen rightly said true development is “when the fruits of  development  are  reached to the uttermost parts and under privileged and poor  people of the Indian society.
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