What Happened to the Vision Document 2020 of A P J Abul Kalam? - ICN INDIA

What Happened to the Vision Document 2020 of A P J Abul Kalam?

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By: Dr. Mohammad Aleem, Editor, ICN Group

We, Indians rarely remember our heroes until a situation demands for doing so. It happened to our great, A P J Abul Kalam also. However, millions of young Indians still admire him a lot as a great visionary, a motivator, an innovator, a scientist of par excellence, an exemplary writer of many bestselling books etc.

But the most important think to reckon is that he got the opportunity to work as a part of the governance almost his entire adult life in various capacities, first as a scientist, then, as the first person of the nation. He was chosen the President of India during the iconic leadership of Atal Behari Bajpai. He served the nation in this capacity as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.

He was taken as a visionary who could add to the overall growth of this developing nation on many fronts.

How the vision of 2020 came to his mind has a story to tell.

Once, a ten-year-old girl meets Kalam Sahib during one of his talks. He asked her about her ambitions, to which the young girl replied innocently, “I want to live in a developed India.” 

It motivated Kalam Sahib to such extent that he started thinking about making India as a developed nation by 2020.

Now, we have just moved in 2020, but the question comes to mind naturally that if Kalam Sahib succeeded in realizing his dream which he had weaved after taking the inspiration from a ten years old girl or not?

Anyway, Kalam Sahib started doing what he could do with his level best. He took the help of around 500 experts to prepare a vision document in which a clear cut plan could be eked out. 

With great efforts of the experts from various fields, finally, it was prepared. But alas! Only to bite the dust of the Planning Commission, which never took this vision document seriously and did anything substantial to implement it on the ground. Neither the Congress Government during Manmohan Singh nor the present government of Narendra Modi thought it better to bring it back into the action.

This is the tragedy with this vision document 2020 which was prepared so strenuously and with great vision and hopes.

Our politicians have only one goal in mind, and that is, to rule the naïve population. They know how to dodge them and in what ways. 

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