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Let my nation live united: President

The President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, seen with boys, who chanted Vedic hymns, at the Rajiv Gandhi Ninaivakam in Sriperumbudur near Chennai on Friday. — Photo: Vino John  

Sriperumbudur Oct.10. The following is the President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's prayer at a ceremony dedicating the Rajiv Gandhi Memorial at Sriperumbudur, near here today:

"God has created the human being with brain and thinking faculty. He has commanded His creation that the faculty be used with reasoning to reach his message. This is the mission of human life.

"Oh Almighty, create thoughts and actions in the minds of people of my nation so that they live united. Oh Almighty, bless my country a path of life with righteousness as righteousness gives the strength of character. Help all religious leaders of my country to give strength to the people to combat the divisive forces.

"Guide my people to develop an attitude to appreciate different ideologies and transform enmity among individuals, organisations and nations into friendliness and harmony. Embed the thought that nation is bigger than individuals in the minds of the leaders of the people. Oh God, bless my people to work with perseverance to transform the country into a peaceful and prosperous nation."