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I 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


Do you have 10 minutes? Allow me to come back with a vengeance.

Got 10 minutes for your country? If yes, then read; otherwise, choice


YOU 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

You say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute

YOU say, say and say.

What do YOU do about it?

Take a person on his way to Singapore.

Give him a name?


Give him a face?


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


YOU are as proud of their Underground Links as they are.

You pay $5 (approx. Rs.60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent

Mahim Causeway or

Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM.

YOU comeback to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you

over-stayed, identity.

In Singapore you don't say anything, DO YOU?

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

someone else."

YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and

tell the traffic

cop, "Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and

son. Take your

two bucks and get lost."

YOU wouldn't chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the

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


We 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.

If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien

why cannot you be the same here in India?

Once in an interview, the famous Ex-municipal Commissioner of Bombay,

Tinaikar, had a point to make.

"Rich people"s dogs are walked on the streets to leave their affluent

droppings all over the place," he said. "And then the same people

around to criticize and blame the authorities for inefficiency and

pavements. What do they expect the officers to do? Go down with a

every time their dog feels the pressure in his bowels?

In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the

Same in Japan. Will the Indian citizen do that here?"

He's right.

We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all


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

over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of

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.

We 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

This 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,

girl child and others, we make loud drawing room protestations and

to do the reverse at home. Our excuse?

"It's the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I

forego my son's rights to a dowry."

So who's going to change the system? What does a system consist of?

conveniently for us it consists of our neighbours, other households,

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

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


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.

Dear Indians, the article is highly thought inductive, calls for a

deal of introspection and pricks one's conscience too?..

I am echoing J.F. Kennedy's words to his fellow American to relate to




Lets do what India needs from us.

Forward this mail to each Indian for a change instead of sending
Jokes  or

junk mails.

Thank You,

Dr. Abdul Kalaam


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