Teen Point of View

Preserving the memory of Dr Abdul Kalam

NOVEMBER 2015 TOPIC:What would you do to preserve the memory of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for the next generation?

Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam doesn’t want us to mourn his death, he wants us to light our torches and lift them in blazing defiance and face the long, dreary night that looms dark on the horizon. He wants us to make his dreams come true. We should use his words as a motivation and work towards the dream he saw for our country so that our future generation can carry it forward, so that it never dies but gets passed on.
Sagarika Jacqueline WilliamsSagarika Jacqueline Williams (18)
St Mary’s Convent, Allahabad


The great legendary not only made us think but gave us a farsighted vision. He not only showed us dreams but gave us a reason to live those and fulfil those dreams. Dr Kalam’s great works can be preserved in a number of ways. The curriculum of the books should be revised at school level and his teachings and his thoughts should be taught to children in moral science classes. Roads that have been named after British rulers should be renamed in his name. His work in the field of science should not be forgotten and missiles and spaceships should be named after him. These are just a few ways to preserve the memory of the great legend.
Harshita SoodHarshita Sood
Miranda House (Delhi University)


“Dream is not that you see in sleep, dream is something that does not let you sleep.” — A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. If students can learn more about his achievements and dedications, it will be a great way to remember him. There is also a demand from certain quarters for designation of October 15 (Dr Kalam’s birthday) as ‘National Students Day’. The Missile Man has left us, but he will always be alive in our hearts and will keep inspiring us forever.
Sonali GargSonali Garg (15)
Notre Dame School, Delhi


Bharat has lost a Ratna, but the light from this jewel will guide us towards A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s dream destination. Every great life is a prism, and we bathe in those rays that find their way to us. His memory is best honoured by the creation of new institutions that nurture science and technology. Government must take steps to ensure that all our future generations know what an incredible man he was by compiling some of the most inspiring and motivational thoughts of Dr Kalam and  including them in textbooks of primary classes. This will be a great way to remember him.
Riya AroraRiya Arora (15)
St Theresa’s Convent School, Srinagar Garhwal, Uttarakhand


A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is a man whose life gave me immense inspiration and to preserve his memory I’d continue to present and lend his books especially Ignited Minds, Wings Of Fire, Indomitable Spirit and India 2020 to the 13-23-year age group.
Chandana KanuruChandana Kanuru
Guntur Medical College, Guntur


Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam followed a path to guide “The Young India”. His guidelines and teachings were always there to motivate the youth. To preserve the memories or teachings Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam in our lives first of all we ourselves should understand what he says. He says where there is a will there is a way. And if you want to shine bright like the sun, first of all you need to burn like it which means that you work hard all the time in order to achieve success. So if we want our next generations to know about him we should inherit his good thoughts as well as deeds in our lives so that we can teach them to our coming generations and improve the future.
Akshita MathurAkshita Mathur
IIS University, Jaipur


The future of the nation is not in building the super structures and comforts of life but in the heart and mind of young India. Our former president APJ Abdul Kalam had a dream which he put forward in his “Vision 2020” for a vibrant and young India. I personally feel that it is the responsibility of the youth of this nation to make his vision turn into reality by inculcating “his thought in our action”. This will be a real tribute to him and will preserve his memories for the next generation.
Aaryan GuptaAaryan Gupta (14)
St Joseph’s College, Allahabad


The Missile Man, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said it best when he said, “If you really want to pay me tribute on my death, then go not on a holiday go rather on your work on a holiday”. Therefore I feel that, to preserve the memory of this dynamic teacher, scientist and president we could and need to ignite the wings of fire of the new generation through the wings of freedom, education and conviction. Our simple encouragement and gentle pats for education will not only preserve Dr Kalam’s ​​memory but also would create many ‘Rocket men’ for our country.
Jameson MotilalJameson Motilal (19)
Jnanodoya Salesian College, Salem


Being a true Indian, Dr Kalam envisioned a dream of developed and secular India. I would like to take his legacy forward by contributing to and serving the country by going for the civil service. Civil services give you a chance to work from within the system by making appropriate changes. Developed India should be a leader in technology advancement, economy, eradication of poverty and most importantly self-sufficiency. Each one of us should contribute towards the nation building in every possible way. By ensuring clean environment, good health care services, uprooting of corruption, conscious use of resources, we will not only enrich ourselves but also take the nation in achieving greatness.
Devisha ParateDevisha Parate
St Vincent Pallotti College of Engineering and Technology, Nagpur


I would like to honour Dr Kalam’s memory by transforming India in five areas where it has core competency. He emphasized education and health as the priority area for India. Towards this we can distribute food at schools. He encouraged young minds to participate in young politics, so we can encourage youth politics. At school level we can focus on the biography of People’s President in school curriculum and to adorn the school library with the books authored by Kalam would be like an icing on the cake. Even the government has taken initiative to pay tribute to the Missile Man of India by renaming the Aurangzeb Road in New Delhi to Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Road. These are some of the ways towards preserving his memory and legacy forever.
Muskan KhullarMuskan Khullar (16)
MGN Public School, Jalandhar


Undoubtedly, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (lovingly called A.P.J) Abdul Kalam was such a great hero that his memory ought to be preserved. He said, “You are born to blossom: Take my journey beyond”. I being a part of the youth in whom Kalam had a hope for the motherland will take the following steps to preserve the legacy of APJ for the future generation.  At my level I can donate money to municipalities for building schools in his name, give classes to the poverty-stricken in slums, form a students’ club at school. Including the autobiography of the People’s President in the school curriculum will be no less than a memorial to the name of the Missile Man of India. Last but not the least I aspire to follow Kalam’s vision for India’s ignited minds (youth): be limitless, perseverant, passionate, an avid dreamer and dare to be different.
Rashi AnejaRashi Aneja (16)
MGN Public School, Jalandhar


I believe that the best thing I can do to preserve the memory of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam is by remembering his learning, to respect and follow his teachings. He never told us that we should follow his path, instead he told us to follow our path and pursue our own dreams. We should carry with us what he taught and should try to teach it to the coming generation. One can adopt his learning and teaching and can preserve it for the next generation. Great people like him are always remembered no matter what we do to preserve their memory; their teaching always remains in one’s heart.
Harshita MathurHarshita Mathur (17)
St Angela Sophia Sr. Sec. School, Jaipur


Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a man of values. He was a shining lamp in the dark. Thus, his values should be spread among generations to come. To make it happen I would try to imbibe his values into my character so that I can be an inspiration to others and can spread his knowledge among the youth. Also the entire literature associated with him should be preserved so that it can be passed on to the coming youth.
Alina AliAlina Ali
St Anthony’s Junior College, Agra


I would be a persistent persuader of my pursuits in order to preserve the memory of Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. We as budding youth have to take the initiative to try out every simple opportunity in innovative and creative ways to convert his idea of youth empowerment into reality. We as students should always think of being the trailblazers of our path and discover new ideas for development of individuals and India.
Bhavpreeta VermaBhavpreeta Verma (16)
St Angela Sophia School, Jaipur


On my part, I am trying to follow his principles as a student. I read his autobiography which says how hard one must work in order to succeed. In order to preserve the memory of Dr Kalam, I’ll do my best to help make India a truly developed nation by 2020. If India becomes a developed nation by 2020, that will preserve his memory for future generations.
Ezhilarasi D.Ezhilarasi D. (14)
Immaculate Heart of Mary Girls Hr Sec School, Pondicherry