“All birds find shelter during the rain, but the eagle avoids the rain by flying above the clouds. Problems are same for all, but attitude makes the difference.” These are words of A P J Abdul Kalam, who was like an eagle who flew above the clouds all through his illustrious career.
Former President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam, who ignited the true potential f India and strived till his last breath for a safe and sustainable living on Planet Earth for a better tomorrow, has left his worldly abode by leaving a glorious legacy of preaching and practising the theme of harmonious coexistence of humans and environment.
While the whole nation is mourning the sad demise of this illustrious son of India, who was the epitome of exemplary statesmanship, scientific brilliance and humility, Safety Messenger would like to recall his views on safe and sustainable living by optimising science and technology in the most prudent and beneficial manner.
Dr Kalam was convinced that economic growth needs massive energy; and that is why he said during one of his famous speeches: “Economic growth will need massive energy. Will we allow an accident in Japan, in a 40-year-old nuclear reactor at Fukushima, arising out of extreme natural stresses, to derail our dreams to be an economically developed nation?.”
He always used to point out that every element of our life is increasingly going to become energy-intensive and that is a necessary prerequisite for development. He said: “We should be careful not to be carried away by the barrage of anti-nuclear news often being generated by many nations that are enjoying the maximum benefits from it. The economically developed world has a well-trained habit of presenting their success in a distorted context to misguide emerging nations like India.”
He always used to stress that we, and we alone, will decide what is the best-needed action for our economic prosperity, based on our context and resource profile. “We cannot afford to lose the opportunity to emerge as the energy capital of the world, which, coupled with the largest youth power, will be our answer to emerge as the leading economy of the world,” he had said. Let us conclude this tribute with one of his famous quotes on
science: “Science is global. Einstein’s equation E = mc 2 has to reach everywhere. Science is a beautiful gift to humanity. We should not distort it. Science does not discriminate between multiple races.”