Our beloved Missile Man left the earthly abode last evening leaving thousands of people from across the world heartbroken. Though I had met him only once, briefly, it is true that his aura was such that every face in the room would look at him in awe, every brain left inspired! No wonder he was the favourite President of many around the Nation and more than that – he was a cherished teacher, scientist, leader and an ideal Indian. His simplicity and devotion to India is a great source of inspiration for us all – and so are his quotes. Adopting some of his teachings could be a way to offer our tributes to him. This is our humble attempt to bring some of them to you.
- Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? Is it a legacy of our colonial years? We want foreign television sets. We want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported?
- Tell me, why is the media here so negative? Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognise our own strengths, our achievements? We are such a great nation. We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?
- Over the years, I had nurtured the hope to be able to fly; to handle a machine as it rose higher and higher in the stratosphere was my dearest dream.
- The Government, whether state or central, is elected. That means we have a responsibility to elect the right kind of leaders.
- My view is that at a younger age your optimism is more and you have more imagination etc. You have less bias.
- War is never a lasting solution for any problem.
- The youth need to be enabled to become job generators from job seekers.
- Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.
And my favourite…
- My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.