Incredible People: Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Dreams can be realities. Difficulties could be turned to possibilities, and mortality to immortality.

Such was the life of the 11th and the most celebrated president of Indian history, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen “A. P. J.” Abdul Kalam. A stalwart in defence technology, a Bharat Ratna and many more accolades which can never be praised enough, and yet this man only wanted to be remembered as a teacher.

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late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam(image source:wikipedia)

A great teacher he was indeed, not only a teacher of Science, but one of wisdom, discipline, dedication, nationalism but above all a great teacher of Humanity. Of course, to be a great teacher, one needs to be a great learner, and he was second to none as a student, he got average grades during his school years but was as described ‘a very hard-working student’. He never took a backseat to learning, even when circumstances forced him to sell newspapers during youth, to support his family’s income. He is example of the fact that hard-work never goes in vain, his efforts led him to Madras Institute of Technology, and the rest they say his history.

The ‘Missile Man of India’ help built many missiles but his best work is not in building weapons but in building the country’s future, enlightening the nation’s youth. His dedication to teaching by this excerpt from Wikipedia:

After leaving office, Kalam became a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and the Indian Institute of Management Indore ; an honorary fellow of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram; professor of Aerospace Engineering at Anna University ; and an adjunct at many other academic and research institutes across India. He taught information technology at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, and technology at Banaras Hindu University and Anna University.

This is an example of a man who wants to just give, give and GIVE. A true altruist he was, pursued the least of materialistic pleasure, after his recent death, it has been found that his greatest possession was the large collection of books he owned. (Just for fun: Mr. Kalam so far is the only bachelor to be the President of India).

No jokes in stating Mr. Kalam was a people’s President, a league apart, a true gem and a proud Indian. A son he was that the motherland would be proud of. Good Little Indian shares this post as a tribute to the ‘teacher’ Kalam, exactly as he wished to be remembered as.

We have many great things to tell you about Kalam but we will again restrict us to this simple yet strong words from Shri. Kalam

If a country is to be corruption-free and became a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. – APJ Abdul Kalam.

He had a lot to teach, and he did do a lot of teaching, and this is our effort to present a tribute to a great visionary.

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Rahul Singh(Good Little Indian)

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‘Good Little Indian’ hits the web, and its first post is about Independence, the struggle for independence of India. Confused? Don’t worry, we will explain ourselves right here.

Chetan Bhagat( the rock-star writer) recently did an article titled ‘Anatomy of an Indian troll…, and reading it gives a certain impression that it was an effort to create a bit of fuss and drama amongst the Internet community , and  quite clearly the effort did not go in vain. The article tore the house down. While Mr. Bhagat used his right to express via Times of India, the twitteratis have their own microblog to express themselves, and well to say Chetan Bhagat got trolled on Twitter would be an understatement.

Chetan Bhagat did have his fair share of valid points about the trolls, but as Indians, many found it defaming the nation. Quoting an excerpt from the article which states,

Deep down they know that Hindi-speaking Hindus are among India’s poorest. They also know that India is a third world country with third rate infrastructure and few achievements on the world stage in science, sports, defence or creativity.

This blog is titled Good Little Indian, and the blog’s contributors are all people with English not as their first language, but that doesn’t make us the poorest, in fact, what is poverty? Ain’t narrow-mindedness poverty. This also happens to the be the centre of this article.

One wonders why Mr. Bhagat will do such an article, but then he has his beliefs, but through the article, what he has done is made us realise that all the while we have been making a mistake, the mistake of celebrating the Independence day, when truly we shouldn’t be. Good Little Indian has a point to justify itself as well.

Our freedom fighters Chandrasekhar Azad, Bhagat Singh, Netaji SC Bose and everyone who gave their lives for this INDIA, for them the Independent India was not just an India free from British rule, but an India where tradition will meet technology, where dreams will meet opportunities, where freedom will meet courtesy.

A land proudly called our motherland, isn’t it ironic that its daughters suffer as much insecurity, like women in India do. Everyone who earns a livelihood on this great land or any other part, do they have the right to belittle their nation by any means. It is a regular sight to see people troll, but reading this piece from Chetan Bhagat, makes you question yourself of independence, doesn’t it?

A country where banning of porn-sites (right or wrong) causes greater concern, than farmers committing suicides, surely you got to say, we are not free, but critically enslaved in our own selfishness.

At least Mr. Chetan Bhagat has a voice, but clearly there are too many people who keep quite even when the times demand for raising their voices. India has always been a HOPE driven country, and if it is people of Delhi coming out for its daughter in 2012 or even say Net Neutrality in 2015, we do make ourselves heard, but somehow, just not enough.

This Independence Day, if everyone wakes up truly as an INDIAN and not as a Hindu, Muslim, Christian or Sikh, well than we would truly earn the Right to celebrate Independence Day, if not we will have to earn it first.

Rahul Singh( Good Little Indian)