India 2020 – A vision for the new millennium!

CHAPTER 7:

Kalam insists that Vision 2020 is certainly achievable and corroborates this further by giving several examples from past victories e.g., the Green Revolution, the development of space technology which started from scratch, to our present-day situation of our very own satellite-based communication system.

Dr. Kalam stresses on two important facts to achieve this vision – Sensitization to problems and a will to achieve. To be able to achieve this vision, one should rise above ones routine, mundane problems and try and achieve something beyond the ordinary: at the same time taking care of the feasibility of the project. This means that although at the time of articulation of vision, the goal may perhaps appear to be improbable but at no point of time should it seem to be impossible.

Kalam has systematically outlined the problems, listed the present solutions that are being offered, identified their merits and demerits and then, finally suggests not one but a series of solutions so that the most feasible one amongst them can be adopted. For example, in the health care sector, he has categorized not only the present-day diseases but also envisioned the future diseases and disorders. Lack of money and basic facilities for the poor as being the main bases for many diseases. He points out how technology can come to the fore by helping to map out mosquito-breeding areas (to eradicate malaria) by using remote sensing satellite or the use of defense lasers to treat glaucoma and cataract in the eye. This does not mean that Kalam overlooks our natural resources or heritage. He emphasizes the need to tap indigenous resources, our rich heritage of natural herbs as well as tribal systems of medicine. He even feels the need to reach out to other civilizations and adopt what is relevant from them, e.g. the Chinese acupuncture technique.

Kalam explains that developments in science and technology have to reach all parts of society, only then can India be truly labeled as a developed country. He describes this developmental process as one in continuum. We should not rest in the laurels of our past achievements but should try and improve ourselves towards higher and higher standards. Thus the process of development should transcend all generations.

The foundation for this should be laid at the grass-root level. Kalam shows faith in the young generation by calling them the ignited minds to whom the dream to realize the vision should be entrusted.

We cannot but whole-heartedly agree with the author that to achieve our Vision 2020, we should settle our superficial differences and think and act as Indians. Nobody can take us there but ourselves.

THE END


The mission to cultivate the habit of reading amongst the youth of India was inspired by Dr.Kalam’s vision of India 2020. Every week I read a bestselling book, make a #Booklet (summary of the book) and send it to all on WhatsApp. So that you can read or listen to a fat book in just 20 mins… If you wish to join me in my mission “Make India Read” ping me your full name on my WhatsApp +91 9594700077..happy reading!

Amrut Deshmukh, the book reader

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