October 15th 2018 marks the 87th birth anniversary of our former president Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam was a renowned scientist, teacher, statesman and above all an everlasting inspiration for the youth. Here is a small inspiring excerpt from his speech on his assumption of his office as the 11th President of India.
The song of youth
As a young citizen of India,
armed with technology, knowledge and love for my nation,
I realize, small aim is a crime.
I will work and sweat for a great vision,
the vision of transforming India into a developed nation,
powered by economic strength with value system
I am one of the citizens of the billion;
Only the vision will ignite the billion souls.
It has entered into me ;
The ignited soul compared to any resource
is the most powerful resource on the earth,
above the earth and under the earth.
I will keep the lamp of knowledge burning
to achieve the vision – Developed India
If we work and sweat for the great vision
with ignited minds, the transformation leading to
the birth of vibrant developed India will happen.
I pray the Almighty:
“May the divine peace with beauty enter into our people;
Happiness and good health blossom
in our bodies, minds and souls”.
-Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam