Bangalore can solve its garbage problem and should follow examples set by Hyderabad and Vijayawada, said former President A P J Abdul Kalam.
“I have seen Hyderabad and Vijayawada tackle this problem. In these cities, the waste was converted into organic and inorganic material, from which bricks and power were produced. Karnataka should convert its municipal waste in a similar fashion. It is possible as Bangalore houses some of great institutes and industries,” said Kalam, during his visit to The New Indian Express on Friday.
He said media houses need to have research wings which will be centres for analysis of news before they are actually disseminated.
“These wings need to be linked with the media research in educational institutions so that original research can be carried out on matters of national importance and journalists can come up with solutions to medium and long term problems,” said the former president.
Analytical reporting of this nature will be crucial for industries depending on government policies.
He expressed concern on the dismissive nature of politicians towards developmental politics as compared to political politics.
“I have seen youths of British India and India’s India. Youths are the same, but the only change that has come about is in the knowledge potential. With modern gadgets, today’s youths are smart. However, there is one problem. They are searching for a role model. They are looking for leadership, and true leadership comes when there is righteousness in the heart. Where is that righteousness? That should be our focus,” said Kalam.
“We need to uplift all our grassroot-level entrepreneurs,” he said.