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About APJ's Poems - By Atal Bihari Vajpayee

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Our respected President, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, has contributed invaluably to our country's progress in space research and defence technologies. However, he is not only an eminent scientist. He is also a sensitive and thoughtful poet. This confluence of scientific brilliance and poetic talent is truly unique.

The poem contained in this book bring out Dr. Kalam's deep love for India and her rich culture. Together with his devotion to God and to this Motherland, his devotion to humanity is also uniquely manifested in thess poems. Beleiving his ability and acheivements to be God's gifts, he has dedicated them to the welfare of the Indian people. Through the medium of his poetry he has send a message of selfless service, dedication and pure faith.

Dr. Kalam has always been an opponent of communalism, casteism, linguistic chauvinism, regionalism and voilence. Showing a profound understanding of Indian society, he attempts to find solution to problems with compassion, detachment, forbearance and sympathy. In this poem he has attempted, very credibly, to express in simple terms even a concept as a complex as the search for God.

'O creator of dreams,
Why do you keep searching for God?
Nature is His home, purity His abode
And Life is but His blessing!
Keep loving nature and care for its being,
Then you can see divinity all over!'


As a true Indian, Dr. Kalam is naturally distressed by the misuse of religion for ungodly ends. Nevertheless, he is confident that true faith in God and compassion for humankind can save us from the poison of communalism and casteism. He says:

The so-called educated seperate our souls....
They give not knowledge but hate and defeat;
Tell others not to heed their unwanted advice,
As the Almighty created all equal and free.


Behind his scientific acheivements and poetic works, Dr. Kalam dreams of better world for the children of India and the world. He says:

I have no house, only open space
Filled with truth, kindness, desire and dreams:
Desire to see my country developed and great,
Dreams to see happiness and peace abound.


Reading Dr. Kalam's poems, my heart fills with patriotism, love and faith. With this same faith I am honoured to be place these poems before you.

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Say Jai Hind

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Achieving new heights

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Welcome to the Heart of a True Indian…

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Welcome to the Heart of a True Indian…
In a land where diversity originates, where success can be found in loss, and where the heart is bigger than the house, one needs no more explanation to hesitate in saying the name.
India, just articulating the word, evokes a feeling of enlightenment. The significance of the people and of the culture it holds is even more valuable than the world’s precious diamonds. The diversities of this beautiful country vary from state to state. A poor man can be found on the roads in India smiling because of the love and affection that develops within the society. To put icing on the cake, the hearts of these people are so big that through any grave or vital mistake, Indians will always forgive you. These are the qualities that make India and the people of India relevant to me.
Most importantly, India has given me the features to become a morally ethical human being. Through my religion, Sikhism, I have become familiar with the beliefs and understandings of life. The culture and customs that most Indians adhere with today have a substantial impact on me as well. Significantly, the value I have learned is the moral perspective of what is right and what is wrong. Values that are priceless and hold a broader perspective on life bring out the person I am in my country India, and in the United States as well.
Living in America, Indians are faced with the daily tasks of adversity which does not set aside valuable time to understand the significance of India as their motherland. I am proud of my Indian heritage because this is what keeps me together with my people.
Everyone is curious about his or her own identity, and I feel this is what triggers the thought that begins the search for one’s true self. In America, it is more difficult for us to search for our roots that lead us back to our country’s origins. Personally, I feel it is important for me to know where I come from as this is what shapes me. If I am unable to identify with myself, then I will never be able to succeed in life. The name I receive, the identity I create is the basis of my intelligence that begins with the roots originated from India.
There will never be a time where I have received enough information to truly identify and know my country. There are so many names: Hindustan, Bharat, India… How can one say that he knows everything about India when there are still historians researching history? The information that I know of India will guide me further to discover the more magical moments that survive within this beautiful country. The festivals and holidays that I celebrate can complement the knowledge that I have established toward my country. It gives me incentive to learn even more about my motherland.
Although I have lived in many other places than India, I was still born in India. My relationship with my country is one of a mother. As a mother is to her child, India is to me. It is a bond of love, of admiration, of appreciation, and most importantly, of patriotism.
Patriotism is not just love for one’s country; it is loyalty for and devotion to the principles and values that is linked within the country. It is also being true to oneself, because the first and foremost relationship in this world is the relation that a man develops with himself. It is easy to keep the personal connection with ourselves, but not as easy, with our country.
America is a place where loud noises and improper language interfere with the peaceful spirituality of true Indian existence. If it weren’t for my Indian identity, I would have become like the majority of the American population of this society which have neither respect for elders nor the decency to value their elder’s principles.
The future of India will bring more developments that will take the world by astonishment. These developments affect me now because I am an Indian, and I have so much to be proud of. The future progressions will be more important and will hold more value to the world and most importantly, the Indian population.

--- An essay by Gurjeet Narula

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India's rank for patriotism slips to 4 from 3rd

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Patriotism by country

Several surveys have tried to measure patriotism for various reasons. The Correlates of War project found some correlation between War propensity and patriotism.

The results from different studies are time dependent. Patriotism in Germany before WWI ranks at or near the top, whereas today it ranks at or near the bottom of surveys.

The Patriotism Score table below is from the World Values Survey and refers to the average answer for high income residents of a country to the question: "Are you proud to be [insert nationality]?" It ranges from 1 (not proud) to 4 (very proud).[11]

First Survey: 1990-1992

Country ↓ Score ↓
USA 3.74
Ireland 3.73
India 3.67
South Africa 3.55
Canada 3.53
Spain 3.46
Denmark 3.27
Italy 3.25
Sweden 3.22
France 3.18
Finland 3.17
Belgium 3.07
Netherlands 2.93
Germany 2.75
Average 3.26

Second Survey: 1995-1997

Country ↓ Score ↓
USA 3.92
Venezuela 3.73
South Africa 3.72
India 3.70
Peru 3.68
Slovenia 3.64
Poland 3.55
Australia 3.54
Spain 3.38
Argentina 3.29
Sweden 3.13
Moldova 2.98
Japan 2.85
Russia 2.69
Switzerland 2.59
Lithuania 2.47
Latvia 2.10
Germany 1.37
Average 3.12

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