Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India

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Viking, Jan 1, 2002 - Achievement motivation - 205 pages
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When A.PJ. Abdul Kalam wrote "India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium with Y.S. Rajan in 1998, little did they expect the magnitude of the response they would get. The idea that India could actually be a developed nation in a short time rather than remain condemned to a subsistence diet of marginal improvements and promises struck a chord among readers. The book continues to be a bestseller. "Ignited Minds goes the logical next step and examines why, given all our skills, resources and talents, we, so obviously capable of being the best, settle so often for the worst. What is it that we as a nation are missing? For at the heart of "Ignited Minds is an irresistible premise: the people of a nation have the power, by dint of hard work, to realize their dream of a truly good life.

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sir kalam has done a great work for us i.e. youth.

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The book is really a journey of the author APJ Abdul Kalam's career from ISRO to DRDO to Presidentship and coming back to the roots. The author narrates about great teachers, scientists, saints, seers and leaders - some of whom he has personally across, while others taken from the leaf of history.
This book has message for all ages. And the message conveyed is to emulate these role models and strive towards contribution to the growth of our country, India.
The book throws in lots of positive thoughts and makes one ponder as to how to transform India, which is really "not there" despite being a a "sujalam sufalam" country. The future India as envisioned by the author is that of network of prosperous villages empowered by telelmedicine, tele-education and e-commerce. That is the dream that he wants the readers to live up with.
Some interesting facts conveyed
There are only 4 countries in the world which can design, develop and produce any type of missile and nuclear weapons. And India is one of them.
Indira Gandhi Canal in Rajasthan has made agriculture possible in a desert.
Formation of Amul movement by Dr V. Kurien, which was an answer to one of the British criticism that sewer water of London is bacteriologically superior to milk in Mumbai.
Some excerpts:
Change is crucial ; it brings new thought and new thoughts lead to innovative actions.
Education and teacher-student relationship have to be with nation's progress in mind.
Dream, dream, dream. Dreams transforms into thoughts and thoughts into actions. Parents and teachers should allow their children to dream.
We have developed an inferiority complex - a defeatist spirit. We need a spirit of victory - a spirit that recognizes that as inheritors of a proud civilization, we are entitled of our rightful place on this planet (powerful words indeed).
We should ignite our dormant inner energy and let it guide our lives.
Secularism in India has to be derived from spirituality.
My take -
APJ has himself served as a very good role model in igniting the minds of the readers.

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