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A WARM WELCOME: The former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam being welcomed by students at the Jnanadeepa School jubilee at Javalli near Shimoga on Friday.
A WARM WELCOME: The former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam being welcomed by students at the Jnanadeepa School jubilee at Javalli near Shimoga on Friday.

Special Correspondent

‘If youth decide, India can become prosperous’

SHIMOGA: The former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said here on Friday that the integrated mind of the youth which was the most powerful resource “below, on and above” the earth should be harnessed for the acquisition of knowledge and prosperity.

Mr. Kalam was inaugurating the decennial celebrations of the Jnanadeepa School of the Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Education (SAFE) at Javalli on the Holehonnur Road near here.

He said: “If the 300 million youth of India decide to achieve knowledge and prosperity they can certainly do it. If they do it, India could also do it. That is the type of power that the youth have.”

Reminding that Mahatma Gandhi fought not only for the freedom of the country but also against the practice of apartheid in South Africa as a student there, he said it was possible for him because he was inspired by the message from his mother.

Recalling his “fruitful” experience in Greece in 2007, he said he addressed a group of students with spontaneous smile on their faces extolling the contribution of the known Greek political thinkers Socrates and Plato about 2,000 years ago.

Dr. Kalam said: “Where there is righteousness there is beauty, where there is beauty there is character, where there is beauty in character there is harmony in a house, where there is harmony in the hearts there is order in the nation.” When there was order in the nation there was peace in the world.

He said it was mother and father who gave the righteousness in spiritual environment and later teachers at the primary school level created the spiritual environment. He said it was not enough if people developed economically. “It is necessary for them to become good individuals too,” he said.

Dr. Kalam said what children acquired as knowledge was equal to righteousness which in turn was equal to creativity too and added that creativity was equal to courage.

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