The Hindu Monday, Jun 27, 2011 Shastry V. Mallady Photo S James
Announces a new mass mission : ‘What Can I Give?'
KRISHNANKOIL (TAMIL NADU): The fight against corruption gained further momentum on Sunday with former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam launching a mass movement ‘What Can I Give?', appealing to the youth in particular to participate.
While the fight against corruption will be the central theme of Dr. Kalam's mission, it will also cover a wide array of social, environmental and ethical issues of urgent importance to India.
“I want you to participate in this movement and you can write to me with your ideas or visit the website- www.whatcanigive.info- because corruption and moral turpitude are evils that need to be defeated by the goodness of youth,” he appealed.
The former President was addressing a huge gathering of school and college students after declaring open the new buildings at Kalasalingam University in Virudhunagar in Tamil Nadu, on Sunday.
“Where do the evils like corruption arise from? It comes from never-ending greed. The fight for a corruption-free society will have to be a fight against this greed, which must be replaced with a ‘What Can I Give' spirit. As students, scientists and professionals, we need to ask ourselves one question - what can I give to this nation,” Dr. Kalam said.
Apart from corruption, the movement focuses on environmental degradation and building a compassionate society.
“I will be happy to read your ideas and commitments about the mission What Can I Give?
Dr. Kalam stressed that an integrated action is needed in five areas where there is core competence. Agriculture and food processing, education/healthcare, information and communication technology, reliable and quality electric power, surface transport and infrastructure for all over the country besides self-reliance in critical technology, are essential for our food, economic and national security, he observed.
After the inaugural address, Dr. Kalam answered questions from school/college students on various subjects such as safety of nuclear reactors, joint family system, success in competitive examinations and chemical weapons.
K. Sridharan, Chancellor, Kalasalingam University, has said that this was Dr. Kalam's third visit to the campus and all his visits and interactions were really inspiring.
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