Sunday, January 13, 2008
Our Indian of the Year
An inspiration: that's how we'd sum up the life of one of India's greatest Presidents Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Hailing from a middle-class family, this man has been honoured with a string of titles, most notably India's highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. He is known as the father of India's missile programme and his writings indicate a sense of deep patriotic love and optimistic outlook.
Dr. Kalam served as the 11th President of the Republic of India from 2002 to 2007. During his tenure, he went to various cities and visited several schools, always spreading his message that India's youth can lead the nation to make it a developed society by 2020. For him, Vision 2020 was not a tall order: rather, it was a very achievable target. He rightly felt that India's one billion population could become an asset rather than a liability.
Dr. Kalam was popularly known as the People's President, and is counted as one among the greatest men to have lived in Rashtrapati Bhavan. His message of youth-power, his humility and his contribution to the nation have made him one of the best known faces in India and our OTFS Indian of the Year 2007.
Dr. Kalam now runs his own website, which you can visit here.