Dr. Abdul Kalam — Eminent scientist and ex President of India, whose lessons on managing failures, I found valuable visited Singapore recently. I attended his talk on Dynamics of National Development at the CII – IBF forum and the entire lecture can be found here.
Several things that he spoke about, inspired me. The thing about righteous living and the role of the primary school teacher in addition to the parents in inculcating righteous behavior brought tears to my eyes for its simplicity and profound thought. He made the entire audience recite the wonderful yet simple poem on Righteousness which goes as follows:
“Where there is righteousness in the heart
There is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in the character,
there is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home.
There is an order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There is peace in the world.”
This reminds me of Rabindranath Tagore’s poem..” Where the mind is without fear..”
We have had philosophers and pragmatists. Yet very few have lived a life of great achievements and be a pragmatic philosopher with another big vision of igniting young minds.
Dr. Kalam, You are undoubtedly God’s gift to India and humanity at large.
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