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Kalam tells politicians
Tribune News Service

New Delhi, January 25
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam today exhorted all political parties to perform in an environment of developmental politics by competing with each other and putting forth their focussed developmental vision through their manifestoes.

Emphasising that the people are sovereign and the power flows from them, Mr Kalam stressed that people have a right to live in developed India and therefore “we need to orient ourselves towards developmental politics. Developmental politics is required during the election process. Immediately after the election all parties must converge on developmental politics with a common mission,” the President observed in his address to the nation on the eve of the Republic Day celebrations.

He insisted that all political parties have to work with zeal to uplift 260 million persons living below the poverty line and remove illiteracy and poverty. “I would like to visualise a situation in which political parties perform in an environment of developmental politics in our country.”

Mr Kalam impressed upon law makers to become role models in bringing about a dynamic change in politics and developmental missions. “Our 550 million youth, who are below 25 years of age should see an imprint of great leaders in every action of Members of Parliament.” In this context he quoted Swami Vivekananda by saying that “the basis of all systems social or political rests upon the goodness of men. No nation is great or good because Parliament enacts this or that but because its men are great and good.”

Underlining that the need of the hour was “disciplined action by all citizens,” the President noted that the people’s ethos, values and character are crucial factors that will determine whether the country will move forward on a progressive path or stagnate. The education system has to concentrate on cultivating in every citizen, from the primary level, a sense of eternal values as well as instilling discipline among them.

In this context Mr Kalam visualised the necessity for providing compulsory NCC training for a minimum period of 18 months to the youth either during the senior secondary stage or during graduation in all educational institutions — government and private.

“This will ensure disciplined politics, business, judiciary, bureaucracy, scientific pursuits, sports and games. All of us have to practice the values of honesty, sincerity and tolerance in our day-to-day living. This will elevate our politics to statesmanship. We have to collectively inculcate a positive attitude of what we can do for our country to benefit ourselves. We have immensely benefited from what our ancestors did and left for us. We have a right and responsibility to leave a positive legacy for which we all will be remembered. The land, water and sky of this nation are witnesses.”

In a lengthy speech punctuated with personal anecdotes, Mr Kalam touched upon providing progressive momentum to the various national missions, the important role of scientists, technologists and healthcare specialists in this regard, the ambitious Bharat Nirman programme, bringing about awakening and change, the influence of the teacher and how politics is equal to political politics plus developmental politics.

Referring to the story of the lost sheep which is the most important for the shepherd, the President noted that the message for every citizen is that “you may find a house which is not lit. Please help to light that house.” Similarly, teachers in classrooms may find hundreds of bright students but a few may need knowledge with kindness. All teachers must locate such students and impart knowledge. The leaders of the nation may meet many people and help them but they must immediately look for those who need their utmost help and bring them to the mainstream. Those who deal with public administration must look for the last person to be serviced and make him or her feel that he or she is serviced with a kind heart. Similarly, the judiciary and law enforcement agencies should look for marginalised persons who cannot even reach them because of multiple gates and layers between the judiciary and the citizen.

The media as partner in national development should celebrate the success of the people whether it is in fishing, farming, draftsmanship or achievement of a rural area. The micro world of rural realities lives in the macro reality of a globally acclaimed India. The media has to capture this.

The President drew the attention of the scientists and technologists to the five immediate national missions: (a) Increasing the Solar Photo Voltaic Cell efficiency from 14 per cent to 45 per cent using nano technology; (b) Research in proteomics to identify the disease causing mechanism and to develop new methods to treat diseases;(c) Earthquake forecasting using multiple parameter precursors such as pre-shock conditions and electromagnetic phenomena prior to the final rupture; (d) Building a validated mathematical model for predicting the quantum of rain for particular cloud conditions in a particular region in a prescribed time using the new type of Polarimetric radar; and (e) Developing products in healthcare, electronics and materials to meet national requirements using convergence of nano, bio and info technologies.

The healthcare community, he maintained, should give the highest priority for the treatment of HIV/AIDs and accelerate the development of an effective anti-vaccine for certain types of HIV before 2007 by networking with national and international institutions working in this area. They should integrate research efforts of malaria, typhoid and diarrhoeal disorders for facilitating development of combination vaccine by 2007. The effort of all should be in providing good health to all citizens and making the nation near disease free.

Dwelling on providing urban amenities in rural areas (PURA), Mr Kalam had no doubt that the Bharat Nirman programme with an outlay of Rs 1,74,000 crore for providing rural infrastructure over the next four years will facilitate PURA to progress faster in an integrated way.

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