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MAKING A POINT: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam delivering a lecture in Mysore on Sunday.
MAKING A POINT: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam delivering a lecture in Mysore on Sunday.

Staff Correspondent

They are struggle that gives dignity, forgiveness that gives greatness, vision that gives progress, and mother who gives the principle of truth

MYSORE: President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on Sunday said that the tradition of India has been to enrich and give other countries not only financially, but also in other aspects of life such as knowledge, sweat, honour and self-dignity.

Mr. Kalam was delivering the second distinguished lecture of Foundation for Unity of Religions and Enlightened Citizenship (FUREC), organised here by the J.S.S. Mahavidyapeetha and J.S.S. Spiritual Mission, U.S.

Quoting the efforts of Mahatma Gandhi, Swami Vivekananda and Jamshedji Tata, the President said, "Everyone of us can give something, which will also transform the personality. Giving is a multidimensional aspect covering a host of areas, including knowledge and even a few words of kindness."

Placing four principles for the development of the country, he said, the struggle that gives dignity, forgiveness that gives greatness, vision that gives progress and mother who gives the principle of truth can be followed to achieve the desired progress. On the vision for progress, Mr. Kalam referred to the establishment of the Indian Institute of Science in Bangalore following discussions between Swami Vivekananda and Jamshedji Tata. Today, he said, the vision of two great minds has resulted in the institute developing products and material for various research and development laboratories in the country.

Later, interacting with the audience, he said terrorism could be combated with a good education system, alleviation of poverty and transformation of religious system into spiritual system.

He said the youth should become enlightened citizens, and through education with value system, transformation of religious system to spiritual system and poverty alleviation, terrorism could be combated. Mr. Kalam said, "Every religion has two aspects of theology and spirituality, and it is spirituality, which acts as a bridge between religions. A beginning has been made through FUREC, and I hope terrorism could be combated through it."

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