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Lessons From A Tea Shop

Lessons From A Tea Shop

Jul 31, 2015

Exclusive excerpts from President Kalam’s last project, the forthcoming book Advantage India

Life Is Not Rocket Science

Life Is Not Rocket Science

Aug 16, 2013

Rocket man, president and inspiration for generations of Indians, Abdul Kalam finally tells his story. Excerpts from his forthcoming autobiography.

Life Is Not Rocket Science

Life Is Not Rocket Science

Aug 16, 2013

Rocket man, president and inspiration for generations of Indians, Abdul Kalam finally tells his story. Excerpts from his forthcoming autobiography.

'Make The Black Swan A White Swan'

'Make The Black Swan A White Swan'

Jan 25, 2013

Full text of the former President's RN Kao Memorial Lecture

A Little Flare To Scientific Temper

A Little Flare To Scientific Temper

Jun 21, 2008

It has the power to transform lives, let's strive to strengthen its edifice

Three Homilies And A Lesson

Three Homilies And A Lesson

Aug 11, 2007

The prosperity of the nation comes with economic growth and improved quality of life. But, above all, it manifests in the elevation of the minds of its people.

Five Eventful Years

Five Eventful Years

Jul 24, 2007

In which the people's Prez shared his "mission in life which is to bring connectivity between billion hearts and minds of the people of India in our multicultural society and to embed the self confidence that we can do it".

Billion Smiles

Billion Smiles

Jul 23, 2007

That is what he called his address to the Parliament at the farewell function by the Speaker, Lok Sabha, but the outgoing Prez sure would leave twice as many eyes moist with his departure.

'What Can I Give To My Nation?'

'What Can I Give To My Nation?'

Jan 25, 2007

'Developed India by 2020 is a mission of a billion people...It will be a reality if everyone gives through individual, societal and nationwide participation in a national movement facilitated by the government'.

National Awakening

National Awakening

Aug 14, 2006

The Prez has a solution: 'I feel that the time is ripe now for both our Houses of Parliament to debate and adopt a Resolution that India will get transformed into a safe, and economically developed nation before the year 2020.'

One Billion People: One Vision

One Billion People: One Vision

Jan 25, 2006

Address to the nation by the President on the eve of 57th Republic Day: 'Infallibility is divinity. We are not divine. We are fallible. To err is human. Divinity would demand that we realize this irrefutable truth and correct ourselves when we become

'Merely Stating A Fact'

'Merely Stating A Fact'

Nov 09, 2005

I would decidedly not support the contention that the Executive is as independent in its existence and functioning as the Legislature or the Judiciary is. I am not even for a moment questioning the whys or why nots of such controls on the Executive..

'Energy Independence Our Highest Priority'

'Energy Independence Our Highest Priority'

Aug 14, 2005

'Energy Security leading to Energy Independence is certainly possible and is within the capability of the nation. India has knowledge, natural resources; what we need is planned integrated missions to achieve the target in a time bound manner'

India In 2020: A Wishlist

India In 2020: A Wishlist

Jul 09, 2005

Scientists, technologists must always ask themselves: what social need do we meet? A blueprint for such an engaged practice, from India's Scientist-President.

'When Politics Degrades Itself To Political Adventurism...'

'When Politics Degrades Itself To Political Adventurism...'

Mar 21, 2005

'...the nation would be on the calamitous road to inevitable disaster and ruination. ... The arithmetical compulsions of incremental numbers and the alleged tradability of certain legislative seats, won perhaps through means allegedly dubious and und

'Employment To All'

'Employment To All'

Jan 25, 2005

I have selected the topic for the Republic Day address as 'Action Plan for Employment Generation' as it represents the aspirations and anxiety of nearly 540 million youth of our nation.

'The Pursuit Of Truth'

'The Pursuit Of Truth'

Aug 14, 2004

'Real education enhances the dignity of a human being and increases his or her self-respect. If only the real sense of education could be realized by each individual...the world will be so much a better place to live in.'

'The Democratic Process Of Change'

'The Democratic Process Of Change'

Jun 07, 2004

The outcome of the elections is indicative of people's yearning for inclusiveness – economic, social and cultural and their rejection of the forces of divisiveness and intolerance. The verdict is for establishing the rule of law and repairing our sec

'Smile On Billion Faces'

'Smile On Billion Faces'

Jan 25, 2004

Full unedited text of the address to the nation by the President of India on the eve of 55th Republic Day, 2004.

'Teachers Should Be Role Models'

'Teachers Should Be Role Models'

Sep 04, 2003

'A student spends 25,000 hours in the campus. The school must have the best of teachers who have the ability to teach, love teaching and build moral qualities'

'Let Us Keep Aside  Non-Issues'

'Let Us Keep Aside Non-Issues'

Aug 14, 2003

'We will not be remembered for how many churches, mosques or temples our generation added, but only if we give our younger generation a prosperous and safe India resulting out of economic prosperity coupled with our civilizational heritage'

'The Government Remains Committed To Secularism'

'The Government Remains Committed To Secularism'

Feb 17, 2003

Full text of the President's address to the joint session of Parliament at the start of the budget session that left the VHP evasive on its reference to the Ayodhya issue.

Developed India: Visions And Actions

Developed India: Visions And Actions

Jan 25, 2003

Address to the nation by the President on the eve of Republic Day-2003.

Unity Of Minds

Unity Of Minds

Aug 14, 2002

'Any act by anyone anywhere in India that runs counter to the eternal values -- non-violence, tolerance, acceptance of all religions and different ways of life, search for truth and fearlessness -- would pose a threat to the fabric of free Indian n

The Vision Of India

The Vision Of India

Jul 25, 2002

Speech by Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabhudin Abdul Kalam on his assumption of office as the 11th. President of India. More Coverage

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