Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu called upon youngsters to draw inspiration from former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and work towards building a strong, self-reliant and inclusive India. He released the book ’40-Years with Abdul Kalam- Untold Stories’ authored by Dr Sivathanu Pillai, former chief of BrahMos Aerospace at a virtual function organised in Chennai. In his address, Mr Naidu said, the youth should think out of the box and use technology for providing solutions to the various economic and societal challenges that impact large sections of India’s population.
Referring to Dr. Kalam’s vision for India, Mr Naidu said, the former President always spoke of the need for India to become a developed nation given the vast natural resources and the talented pool of human resources in diverse fields. He said, Dr Kalam was convinced that India has the potential as well as the capability to become a developed nation in the near future. Referring to the impact of COVID-19 on the migrant workers, the Vice President stressed the need to create employment and economic opportunities in villages and small towns. Observing that with a median age of less than 30 years, he said, India is among the world’s youngest nations. He said, this youth energy should be channelised for nation building.
Expressing his happiness over the many innovations by the scientific community during the ongoing pandemic, the Vice President said that India which had zero production capacity for PPEs at the onset of the pandemic had now emerged as the second-largest producer of PPE kits in the world. The Vice President said, this success story needed to be replicated in other fields as well to create a truly ‘Atmanirbhar Bharat’, which was also the dream of Dr Kalam who dedicated his entire life to make India self-reliant in defence and space technologies.