Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, India’s missile man, has left for an exalted destination – heaven. His extraordinary journey from a newspaper distributor to the President of India proves that nothing is impossible. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna in 1997, the Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and the Padma Bhushan in 1981. The best way to honour him would be to respect and spread his teachings that are so significant for the development of modern India – the India, he envisioned.
1. Stop fighting over religion.
Dr Kalam believed that religion is a way to make friends, not enemies.
2. Build a compassionate society.
Dr Kalam said that the greed comes from ‘What Can I take’. We have to instead focus on ‘What can I give’ attitude.
3. Always keep your mother happy.
Dr Kalam said ‘If a mother is happy, home is happy. If a home is happy, society is happy. If society is happy, nation is happy’.
4. Protect the environment.
We can do it by adopting simple methods like using public transport, planting trees, using recycled materials etc.
5. Respect the freedom of others.
If we are allowed to pray, sit, eat as we wish, others should also be given the same freedom.
6. Respect your culture.
According to him, self-respect comes only with self-reliance. It’s high time that we should stop that and instead, use our own country’s products like Khadi, etc.
7. Change yourself to change the nation.
We all have a habit of blaming the government for everything. That’s the easiest way, of course. Rather than waiting for government to do something, we should start changing our own habits. After all, it is our country. If we don’t respect our law, our land, then who will?
8. Don’t be a quitter.
Never ever give up, in any situation. Dr Kalam believed that failure is the first attempt to learn.
9. Always leave office on time!
Dr Kalam said that life is not about work. There is more to life than that. Don’t let it be meaningless.
10. Don’t pretend to love.
Love people with genuine affection. What is wrong is hate. So, Indians let’s just love and appreciate each other instead of bringing each other down.
11. Value friendship.
Success and failures come and go but friendship lasts forever.
12. Love your country.
He didn’t like the idea of Indian scientists leaving the country for monetary benefits.
13. Value your opinions.
Youngsters should write their thoughts and spread their opinions. A pen is mightier than the sword.
14. Be Creative.
Being a creative person himself, he believed that creative minds are the future of the nation. “When learning is purposeful, creativity blossoms”.
15. Respect your teachers.
Society must learn to respect teachers and honour them. According to him, the teacher has to have capacity for lifelong learning.
Let us continue his legacy.