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Kalam's mantra for a developed India

March 27, 2008
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam was in New York earlier this week, encouraging people to dream big and to act with integrity to make India a developed nation by year 2020.

Addressing a gathering of 250 students and 750 community leaders at the community centre auditorium of the Hindu Temple in Flushing, New York, Kalam challenged everyone to think loud about 'what should I be remembered for, when I leave this world'.

The gathering, representing a broad spectrum of Non Resident Indians and Persons of Indian Origin, posed various questions to the former President. He also interacted with students from area colleges and universities.

To a query from one of the students on what should Diaspora do for their adopted nation, Kalam said: "We should give 100 per cent to where we live and work while committing ourselves to give back to our motherland."

Photographs: Paresh Gandhi

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