Evolution of Indomitable spirit in youth
Great books ignite imagination,
Imagination leads to creativity,
Creativity blossoms thinking,
Thinking provides knowledge,
Knowledge makes you great.
Criteria for achievement for youth
Dear friends, When I see you young friends, I thought of sharing an ancient
poem and modified to suit the occasion.
Can you all repeat with me?
Wings to Fly
“I am born with potential.
I am born with goodness and trust.
I am born with ideas and dreams.
I am born with greatness.
I am born with confidence.
I am born with wings.
I am not meant for crawling,
So I won’t, I have wings,
I will fly, fly and fly”
My message to you, young friends, is that
education gives you wings to fly.
Achievement comes out of fire in our sub- conscious mind that
“I will win”
So, each one of you assembled here and elsewhere, will have
“Wings of Fire”
The Wing of Fire will indeed lead to knowledge which will make you to fly as a Doctor, or
an Engineer, or a teacher, or a political leader, or a bureaucrat or a scientist or anything
you want to be.
Dear friends, look up, what do you see, the light, the electric bulbs. Immediately, our
thoughts go to the inventor
Thomas Alva Edison,
for his unique contribution towards the invention of electric bulb and his electrical lighting system. Thomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was an American inventor and businessman. He developed many devices that greatly influenced life around the world, including the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb. Dubbed as “The Wizard of Menlo Park”.
When you hear the sound of aeroplane going over your house, whom do you think of?
proved that man could fly of course at heavy risk and cost.
- The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two American brothers, inventors, and aviation pioneers who are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903, four miles south of Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. In 1904-1905 the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible.
Whom does the telephone remind you of?
Alexander Graham Bell
When everybody considered a sea travel as an experience or a voyage, a unique person
questioned during his sea travel from United Kingdom to India.
During a voyage to Europe in 1921, he noticed the blue colour of glaciers and the
He was motivated to discover the reason for the blue colour.
He carried out experiments regarding the scattering of light by water and transparent
blocks of ice which explained the phenomenon. He discovered that when light traverses a
transparent material, some of the deflected light changes in wavelength. This
phenomenon, subsequently known as Raman scattering, results from the Raman effect.
In 1954 India honoured him with its highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna.
Sir C.V. Raman
was awarded, 1930 Nobel Prize for Physics.
For further details kindly read “The Raman Effect”.
Do you know an Indian Mathematician who did not have formal higher education but had inexhaustible spirit and love for mathematics which took him to contribute to the treasure houses of mathematical research – some of which are still under serious study and engaging all-available world mathematicians’ efforts to establish formal proofs. He was a unique Indian genius who could melt the heart of the most hardened and outstanding Cambridge mathematician Prof G H Hardy. In fact, it is not an exaggeration to say that it was Prof. Hardy who discovered a great mathematician for the world. This mathematician was of-course
for whom every number was a divine manifestation.
He often said,
“An equation for me has no meaning, unless it represents a thought of God.” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Srinivasa_Ramanujan
Do you know about a great human being with a spirit of service, who also won a 1979 Nobel
Peace Prize for her contributions?
She said and practiced, “Give give and give, until it hurts“.
Friends, there was a great scientific lady who is known for discovering radiation. She won not one, but two Nobel prizes, one for physics and another for chemistry.
Who is she?
She is Madam Curie.
Madam Curie discovered radium and she was doing research on the effect of radiation on human system. The same radiation which she discovered, affected her and she sacrificed her life for removing the pain of human life.
Friends, I have, so far, met 18 million youth in a decade’s time. I learnt,
“every youth wants to be unique, that is, YOU!
But the world all around you, is doing its best, day and night, to make you just
In the home, dear young fellows you are asked by your parents to be like neighours children for scoring good marks. When you go to school, your teachers says
“why not you become like the first five rankers in the class”.
Wherever you go, they are saying “you have to somebody else or everybody else”. Now dear young friends, how many of you would like to be unique yourself. The challenge, my young friends, is that you have to fight the hardest battle, which any human being can ever imagine to fight; and never stop fighting until you arrive at your destined place, that is,
a UNIQUE YOU!
Friends what will be your tools to fight this battle, what are they: have a great aim in
life, continuously acquire the knowledge, work hard and persevere to realize the great
How to make impossible possible?
Dear students, it is said,
“History has proven that those who dare to imagine the impossible are the ones who break all human limitations. In every field of human endeavor, whether science, medicine, sports, the arts, or technology, the names of the people who imagined the impossible and achieved are engraved in our history. By breaking the limits of their imagination, they changed the world.”
Let us see a few creative minds who made impossible possible by their indomitable (impossible to subdue) spirit.
Human flight is nothing but creativity of human mind and it undergoes several struggles to achieve excellence.
In 1895, a great well-known scientist
who was the President of Royal Society of London said, “anything heavier than air cannot fly, and cannot be flown.”
Within a decade, Wright Brothers proved man could fly in 1903.
On the successful completion of Moon Mission in 1969,
a very famous rocket designer, who built Saturn-V, to launch the capsule with astronauts and made moon walk a reality, in 1975 said
“If I am authorized, I will remove the word impossible”.
In ancient days, Ptolemaic astronomy
is a widely used system in calculating the dynamics of various stars and planets.
Assumption by then was that the earth is flat. What a scientific struggle had to take place to prove that the earth is spherical in shape orbiting around the sun. The three great astronomers
had to give a new dimension to the world of astronomy. Today we take it for granted that
earth is a globe, orbiting around the sun, and the sun orbits in the Milky Way.
All the technological advancements we have today are the outcome of scientific
exploration of scientists of earlier centuries.
At no time, man was beaten by problems.
He strives continuously to subjugate impossibility and then succeeds.
Dear friends, what lessons do we learn from all these achievements?
According to the laws of aerodynamics the
should never be able to fly. Because of the size, weight, and shape of its body in relationship to the total wing span, flying is scientifically impossible. The bumble bee, being ignorant of scientific theory, goes ahead and flies anyway. Because it wants to fly and it is flying. I would like the youth assembled here to take a lesson from these examples and work to make everything possible, because they are unique.
- Explained: The Physics-Defying Flight of the Bumblebee – The fluid dynamics behind bumblebees’ flight are different from those that allow a plane to fly. An airplane’s wing forces air down, which in turn pushes the wing (and the plane it’s attached to) upward. For bugs, it isn’t so simple. The wing sweeping is a bit like a partial spin of a “somewhat crappy” helicopter propeller, Dickinson said, but the angle to the wing also creates vortices in the airlike small hurricanes. The eyes of those mini-hurricanes have lower pressure than the surrounding air, so, keeping those eddies of air above its wings helps the bee stay aloft.
Will-power can defeat any problem.
Friends, recently I visited a village called Harali in Kolhapur District of Maharashtra, where I met over 2000 of students hailing from different schools. When I was about to get down from the stage after finishing my lecture and interaction, a young boy about 18 years of age, held in the arms of his mother cried to meet me. I called both of them on to the stage. The polio affected boy could not walk, but he was strong in will power. He told me,
“My name is Shailesh and I am from this village Harali. You told us to have a dream. I am here to tell you my dream. I am a chess player. I will work very hard and someday I will become a Grand Master”.
I wished Shailesh all the best, who has a strong will power and said,
“You will succeed. Definitely, God is with you.? Dear friends, the message is the ‘Will power can defeat any problem’.”
Dear students, what you will acquire during your studies in your schools, a great friend is accompanying you.
Who is that friend?
That friend is – knowledge. Now, I am going to give the knowledge equation.
Knowledge = Creativity + Righteousness + Courage
“Learning gives creativity
Creativity leads to thinking
Thinking provides knowledge
Knowledge makes you great”
The next component of knowledge is righteousness.
Righteousness is described in a divine hymn.
Where there is righteousness in the heart
There is beauty in the character.
When there is beauty in the character,
there is harmony in the home.
When there is harmony in the home.
There is an order in the nation.
When there is order in the nation,
There is peace in the world.
Now the question is:
How do we inculcate the righteousness in the heart?
In my opinion, there are three sources which can build a youth with righteousness in the
One is mother,
second is father in a spiritual environment and the
third and the most important is the teacher, particularly primary school teacher.
The third component is courage, which is defined as follows:
Courage to think different,
Courage to invent,
Courage to travel into an unexplored path,
Courage to discover the impossible,
Courage to combat the problems and succeed,
are the unique qualities of the youth.
As a youth of my nation, I will work and work with courage to achieve success in all the missions.
Where from you will acquire knowledge?
Home, good books, teachers and teaching environment, coming into contact with good human beings, teaching websites in internet. When the schools teach the students to use the knowledge with creativity, righteousness and courage, nation will have large number of empowered and enlightened citizens, which is vital for the growth of the individual, growth of the family, growth of nation and promotion of peace in the world.
What can I do for you? – The Leadership quality
Every one of us has gone through the various phases of education from childhood to profession. Please visualize a scene – a child, a teenager, an adult and a leader. How does each one react to a particular situation? The situation is human need.
The child asks,
“What can you do for me?”
The teenager says, “I want to do it alone”.
The young person proclaims,
“let us do it together”.
The leader offers, “What can I do for you”.
So, the teachers have got a tremendous responsibility to transform a child into a leader ? the transformation of ‘what can you do for me’ to ‘what can I do for you’. That will demand a teacher to be a visionary with an inspiring capability. Also, the teacher has to ensure that they impart learning to the children in such a way as to bring out the best in them and for this, he or she has to be a good teacher himself/herself. I am sure, the best of creativity among the students will emerge by integrated influence of teachers and parents.
As a fellow teacher, I can state that the teachers are the backbone of any country- a pillar upon which all aspirations of the country are built to become realities. Education is the learning process and leads to creativity. The creativity is indeed the result of the education process and the environment of the school and above all the teachers’ capability igniting the minds of the students.
The essence of it can be seen in the following verses:
Learning gives creativity
Creativity leads to thinking,
Thinking provides knowledge
Knowledge makes you great.
Conclusion: Oath for the Youth
- I will have a goal and work hard to achieve that goal. I realize that small aim is a crime.
- I will be a good member of my family, a good member of the society, a good member of the nation and a good member of the world.
- I will work with integrity and succeed with integrity
- I will always try to save or better someone’s life, without any discrimination of caste, creed, language religion or state.
- I will always protect and enhance the dignity of every human life without any bias.
- I will always remember the importance of time. My motto will be “Let not my winged days, be spent in vain”.
- I will always work for clean planet Earth and clean energy.
- As a youth of my nation, I will work and work with courage to achieve success in all my tasks and enjoy the success of others.
- My National Flag flies in my heart and I will bring glory to my nation.
My best wishes to all of you success in educational missions.
Dr. A.P.J Abdulkalam