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Children Ask Kalam

President Dr. Shri A.P.J. Abdul Kalam spends hours every week connected with children across the nation. thinking about their future and thinking through their issues.

Here are Dr. Kalam’s answers to the questions that some children have asked him. Dhanraj, Std. VIII, City: Kasargod.

Question: What is your full name and who was your best friend in school? Kalam: My full name is Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam. During my school days Pakshi Ramanatha Sastry was my best friend.

Joshi Bhoomi, Std XI, Institution Kotak Kanya Vinay Mandir. City: Rajkot

Question: How far is the favour of fortune’ necessary?

Kalam: Hard work comes first. Fortune will favour you if you are persistent in hard work. There is a famous saying. “God helps those who help themselves.” There is another saying, that it takes many years of hard work to make an overnight success.

Devesh Ranjan, Institution NIC, City: New Delhi Question: Please tell me, who would have been the first scientist in the world? Kalam: Science was born and survives only by questions. The whole foundation of science is questioning. And as parents and teachers know well, children

are the source of unending questions. Hence, child is the first scientist. B. Ishita, Std. VI, Institution St Bedes School, City: Chennai

Question: What is the secret behind remembering various formulas of science & maths. Kalam: By constant application one can remember various formulas of science and maths.

Umang Dave, Std. IX, Institution Silken Academy, City: Mumbai Question: Which has been the happiest day of your life? Kalam: I was once working with doctors to get light weight Floor Reaction Orthosis (FROS) for polio affected persons. After taking the measurement, when the children were fitted with it, weighing 1/10th of the original weight which they were carrying, the children started running, walking and pedalling cycles. Their mobility brought tears of joy in the eyes of their parents. The sight of happiness on their faces was bliss to me.

R. Arovindh, Std. III. Institution St. Bedes School, City: Chennai Question: Can you tell us any unforgettable incident from your childhood ? Kalam: Iam reminded of my class V teacher, Shri Sivasubramania lyer. He taught us in his lectures how birds fly. He showed us real life examples at the seashore of Rameswaram. It is an unforgettable occasion which etched in my memory forever. It helped me to take up the study of science.

Abhilash Verma, Std. VIII, Institution Police Modern School, City: Etawah

Question: You are an ideal man. Please give us your suggestions to become good

human beings. Kalam: Hard work and scientific temper combined with spirituality will make you a good human being. Try to find good things in others. Harsh Chandak, Std. VII, Dr. S. Radha Krishnan Vidyalaya, City: Malad, Mumbai.

Question: You give away bravery awards every year. What is your definiton of

courage ? Kalam: Saving others from disaster without minding about your own safety

courage, Master Rahul Mehta, Std. VIII, City: Ahmedabad

Tejas Sawant, Std. IX. City: Bombay.

Question: What is your message to the citizens of India? Kalam:

My message to the youth is given in the 10-point Oath, which I normally administer, and is as follows I will pursue my education or the work with dedication and I will excel in it. From now onwards. I will teach at least 10 persons to read and those who cannot read and write.

  • I will plant at least 10 saplings and shall ensure their growth through constant care.
  • I will visit rural and urban areas and permanently wean away at least five persons from addiction and gambling. I will constantly endeavour to remove the pain of my suffering brethren.
  • I will not support any religious, caste and language differentiation
  • I will be honest and endeavour to make a corruption free society.
  • I will work for becoming an enlightened citizen and make my family righteous,
  • I will always be a friend of the mentally and physically challenged and will work hard to make them feel normal, like the rest of us

I will proudly celebrate the success of my country and my people.

Answer the following questions:

1. What suggestion does President Kalam give to children for remembering formulas of science ?


2. Describe Kalam’s happiest day.


3. Why does the President remember his class teacher so much?


4. What is ‘courage’ according to Dr. Kalam?


5. Which point do you like the most in the 10 point oath? Why?


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