It’s a crime to dream small: Kalam - The New Indian Express

It’s a crime to dream small: Kalam

Published: 18th June 2013 08:09 AM

Last Updated: 18th June 2013 08:09 AM

It happens everytime. Whenever Abdul Kalam, former President and India’s ‘Missile Man’ addresses students and children, adrenaline is pumped up and students are inspired to dream big and achieve great things in life.

The audience’s reaction was no different at a function, organised recently by MOP Vaishav College as part of its 20th year celebrations in association with the Rajasthani Association, Tamil Nadu.

“What I will be remembered for? Ask this question to yourself!” Kalam told students and there was a pause. Even as some students muttered something about their goals, Kalam began his much loved interactive style lecture. Quoting the achievements of Edison, Marie Curie, Maths genius Srinivasa Ramanujan and Physicist CV Raman, Kalam said that the inventions or discoveries by such great persons continue to be relevant even today and also inspire men and women everywhere.

Cautioning students about the pitfalls they are likely to encounter in their lives, Kalam said “the world would always try to make you like yet another man or woman. Secure marks like him, do it like her, make it like them, will be the refrain that you are likely to hear from your parents and teachers,” he warned. Emphasising that each child is unique, Kalam spurred them to nurture their own ideas and chase their own goals, carefully avoiding the trap of herd mentality. “I have interacted with 15 million young people in our country in the past decade. I am happy when each child wants to be unique.” Then Kalam went on to tell the youth how should one choose their goal and work to achieve it. “Great aim, ideas, hard work and perseverance are the most important things. Remember, it is a big crime to have small aims,” he said to which he received a thunderous applause.

“Continue the fight. Keep up the fight. In your journey, knowledge will be a very useful tool,” he added.

Quoting Mahakavi Bharathi’s ‘Nimirndha Nannadai, Nerkonda Paarvai, Nilathil Yarrukkum Anjatha Nerigal’ verses that envision new age women, he exhorted the students to repeat the poem so as to imbibe its spirit that encourage women to scale to new heights with gusto.

Earlier, Kalam lauded the college for its efforts in educating women, and reiterated his well-known phrase of, ‘be an employment generator rather than being an employment seeker.’ He gave away certificates and awards to meretorius students of various city schools and Vaishnav College. Principal of the College, K Nirmala Prasad and office bearers of Rajasthani Association also participated.

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