A.P.J. Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) was one of India's most distinguished scientists. He was responsible for the development of India's first satellite launch vehicle, the SLV-3, and the development and operationalization of strategic missiles. As chairman of the Technology Information, Forecasting and Assessment Council, he pioneered India Vision 2020, a road map for transforming India into an economically developed nation by 2020, focusing on Provision of Urban Amenities in Rural Areas (PURA) as a development system for countrywide implementation.
Kalam held various positions in the Indian Space Research Organisation and the Defence Research and Development Organisation and became principal scientific adviser to the Government of India, holding the rank of a cabinet minister.
The President of India between 2002 and 2007, Kalam was awarded honorary doctorates from thirty-eight universities and the country's three highest civilian honours-Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997).
Kalam authored fifteen books on a variety of topics that have been translated into many languages across the world. His most significant works are Wings of Fire, India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, Target 3 Billion and Beyond 2020: A Vision for Tomorrow's India.
My India: Ideas for the Future is a collection of excerpts from Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam's speeches in his post presidency years. Drawn from Dr Kalam's addresses to parliaments, universities, schools and other institutions in India and abroad, they include his ideas on science, nation-building, poverty, compassion and self-confidence.
Dr Kalam draws on the lives of stalwarts such as Marie Curie and Dr Vikram Sarabhai to encourage and inspire his young readers. Through these speeches, he shares many valuable lessons in humility, resilience and determination, and leads children to think, grow and evolve.
A project very close to his heart, Dr Kalam's last book for children is a road map for every child to pursue their dreams, to be the best they can be, leading to the realization of a better India.
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