ANDHRA PRADESH

Meditation helps people live in harmony, says Kalam

College students crowd outside Siris company where former President A. P J Abdul Kalam visited in Vijayawada on Monday.

College students crowd outside Siris company where former President A. P J Abdul Kalam visited in Vijayawada on Monday.   | Photo Credit: — PHOTO: CH.VIJAYA BHASKAR

Special Correspondent

VIJAYAWADA: Those who practise meditation live in harmony with their friends, colleagues, family and every one they come across in day-to-day life, said former President A.P.J Abdul Kalam.

Dr. Kalam, who arrived here on Monday for a two-day visit to Krishna and Guntur districts, visited the meditation centre at the Siris Pharmaceutical Company.

Dr. Kalam said that meditation would make a person righteous. In righteousness there was beauty, character and harmony.

All these qualities result in organisation. Studies on “Gayatri Mantram” showed the pacifying effects it had on the blood pressure and heart beat of those who chanted it.

The former President was given a warm reception by the people of the city and the employees of Siris Company. Students of an engineering college thronged the place to cheer Dr. Kalam as he left the factory to attend the programme at NRI Hospital at Chinakakani.

After meditating with the employees of the company for a while, Dr. Kalam interacted with them and answered some questions put to him by some of them. He said that the answer to terrorism and separatism was eradication of poverty.

When an employee asked Dr. Kalam about his opinion on the bifurcation of the State, he wondered if the person who raised the question was a “politician”. The former President giving an indirect answer said that in a democratic setup the will of the people should ultimately prevail.

But due importance should be given to economic development, he observed.

He asked the youth to set for themselves a goal and concentrate to achieve it.

To a question about the job that he liked the most – scientist or the President, Dr. Kalam said that he liked teaching the most.

In a free-wheeling session, questions were asked about reservation for women in legislative houses, corruption, poverty and development of the country visa-a-vis other countries, both developed and developing. Dr. Kalam patiently answered all the questions.

Siris company founder G.S. Raju, noted urologist Chadalawada Nageswara Rao, former Mayor Jandhyala Sankar and others were present.

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