I had an opportunity to read the book ‘Ignited minds’, written by Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, ex-president of India in which he targeted young Indians especially school children to motivate and inspire them to think, dream, work hard and exploit the potentiality of India to make his dream of seeing India as developed country and Vision 2020 a reality. I do not know whether the youngsters’ minds are ignited or not but the time limit he dreamt is getting nearer. Unfortunately I am not a young man to react seriously but his book inspired me to think and think why India could not achieve the expected development to reach the status of developed country. Apparently a common man feels that the poverty, illiteracy, corruption and politics are the reasons for the poor growth and development of the country. Dr. Kalam tried his best through his interactions with nearly a lakh of students by stressing on the human values, need to dream, need to work hard, making people united, change of mindsets, start moving and to have constructive ideas in order to achieve the goal of making India a developed country. I started reviewing several articles and reviews of intellectuals, economists and experts and learnt that there are many more factors that are responsible for the poor performance. This book is dealing with those factors in a modest way. To enthuse reader with an excitement the glory of prehistoric India and present positive developments of India are also covered in this book.
- M. Ravindranath