We need creative leadership: Kalam

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Former president, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam delivers a lecture at Indian Navy’s Rajhans auditorium at Dabolim on Monday.

VASCO: Former president, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam on Monday stated that prosperity of the nation depended on good and creative leadership so that effective progress in all sectors takes place.

Delivering a lecture on the theme ‘Amrutam Tu-Vidya’, which means knowledge is eternal, as part of the 50th National Maritime Day celebrations at Indian Navy’s Rajhans auditorium at Dabolim, Dr Kalam said, "India needs a creative leadership… and there should be a quality leadership for India to progress in all sectors."

The lecture was organised by the National Maritime Day celebration committee, Goa. The Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area and Flag Officer Goa Naval Aviation, Rear Admiral Balvinder Singh Prahar, the Chairman of Dempo Group of Companies, Mr Shrinivas Dempo, Ms Pallavi Dempo, industrialists, Mr Dattaraj Salgaocar, Mr Shivanand Salgaocar, Capt J P Jayakumar, Mr Ajay Tambwekar and others graced the occasion.

Dr Kalam said Indians should lay stress on creating a knowledge-based society. While giving importance to knowledge it was necessary to ensure that all citizens are empowered with knowledge, he said.

A creative leader should be passionate about action, transparent, sincere, noble and a decision taker. He/she should work with integrity. The leader should be ready to face all challenges in his life and should not be dissuaded by failure or defeat, Dr Kalam observed.

Giving example of Mahatma Gandhi and Mr Nelson Mandela, the former president said that these leaders had a capability to face challenges and because of that people not only from their nations, but all over the world, had a commendable respect for them.

"The work of Mahatma Gandhi inspired the people in South Africa," Dr Kalam observed, adding that the people around the globe was inspired by the Indian freedom movement.

It has been an inherent quality of India and Indians to inspire others, he stated.

He said the country was grappling with water woes not because of scarcity of water but due to poor water management.

Dr Kalam rued over the misuse of water by people throughout the country. Emphasis should be given on maintaining water bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and others so that we can conserve and preserve the water not only for cultivation but also for navigation, he emphasised.

The former president said that he was born in a family of seafarers and his father ran a canoe.

"I know the problems of the people which they face in their life," Dr Kalam said, adding that leaders of the nation should also know the problems being faced by the common man and how they struggle to come up in life.

The lecture was followed by a question-answer session.

Dr Kalam congratulated the National Maritime Day celebration committee, Goa, for organising the function and promoting maritime industry.

The National Maritime Day celebration committee, Goa, has organised several programmes for the golden jubilee celebration. Dr Kalam’s lecture was first of the series.

The 50th National Maritime Day celebrations will culminate on April 5, 2013. NT NETWORK

VASCO: Former president, Dr A P J Abdul Kalam on Monday stated that prosperity of the nation depended on good and creative leadership so that effective progress in all sectors takes place.

Delivering a lecture on the theme ‘Amrutam Tu-Vidya’, which means knowledge is eternal, as part of the 50th National Maritime Day celebrations at Indian Navy’s Rajhans auditorium at Dabolim, Dr Kalam said, "India needs a creative leadership… and there should be a quality leadership for India to progress in all sectors."

The lecture was organised by the National Maritime Day celebration committee, Goa. The Flag Officer Commanding Goa Naval Area and Flag Officer Goa Naval Aviation, Rear Admiral Balvinder Singh Prahar, the Chairman of Dempo Group of Companies, Mr Shrinivas Dempo, Ms Pallavi Dempo, industrialists, Mr Dattaraj Salgaocar, Mr Shivanand Salgaocar, Capt J P Jayakumar, Mr Ajay Tambwekar and others graced the occasion.

Dr Kalam said Indians should lay stress on creating a knowledge-based society. While giving importance to knowledge it was necessary to ensure that all citizens are empowered with knowledge, he said.

A creative leader should be passionate about action, transparent, sincere, noble and a decision taker. He/she should work with integrity. The leader should be ready to face all challenges in his life and should not be dissuaded by failure or defeat, Dr Kalam observed.

Giving example of Mahatma Gandhi and Mr Nelson Mandela, the former president said that these leaders had a capability to face challenges and because of that people not only from their nations, but all over the world, had a commendable respect for them.

"The work of Mahatma Gandhi inspired the people in South Africa," Dr Kalam observed, adding that the people around the globe was inspired by the Indian freedom movement.

It has been an inherent quality of India and Indians to inspire others, he stated.

He said the country was grappling with water woes not because of scarcity of water but due to poor water management.

Dr Kalam rued over the misuse of water by people throughout the country. Emphasis should be given on maintaining water bodies such as rivers, lakes, streams and others so that we can conserve and preserve the water not only for cultivation but also for navigation, he emphasised.

The former president said that he was born in a family of seafarers and his father ran a canoe.

"I know the problems of the people which they face in their life," Dr Kalam said, adding that leaders of the nation should also know the problems being faced by the common man and how they struggle to come up in life.

The lecture was followed by a question-answer session.

Dr Kalam congratulated the National Maritime Day celebration committee, Goa, for organising the function and promoting maritime industry.

The National Maritime Day celebration committee, Goa, has organised several programmes for the golden jubilee celebration. Dr Kalam’s lecture was first of the series.

The 50th National Maritime Day celebrations will culminate on April 5, 2013.