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MY MEMOIR OF MOMENTS WITH DR. ABDUL KALAM

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Unforgettable are the moments I got to spend with one of the most respected, loved and followed legends of our times, Late Dr.A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India. What a privilege! I was honoured by him at the NIPM Annual Conference in Kochi on 6th September, 2012 for my contributions to society. The fact was, it was I who felt honoured just to meet him. I met him on the following day at another function held at Thrissur. At the function others introduced me and my activities to him.

On the following day I was shockingly surprised and elated to see a Facebook post by Dr. Kalam mentioning me, which read:

“Yesterday, I inaugurated the 31st NIPM National Conference at Kochi where a number of HR managers, industrialists, academicians and students were present. There I met a special person who was given a special recognition amidst the gathering. His name is Shri Kochouseph Chittilappilly (in pic) and he is a well-known industrialist in the field of electrical equipment, construction and services in the nation and the state. He has been amongst the highest taxpayers in the state and is also very active in the social service domain.”

I consider those words as the most precious award that I ever received in my lifetime. To me the words only meant how humble, thoughtful and such a fine human being Dr. Kalam was! There have been 13 presidents of India to date, but I think he is the one who is so much loved and admired by millions beyond the boundaries of politics, religion or region; truly making him the worthy contender of the attribution “People’s President”.

For his admirers across the world he was not just the President of India, who held the office from 2002 until 2007, or a scientist who pioneered the space and nuclear programmes of India, but an epitome of perseverance, hard work, commitment, humility and above all a good human being. He is an inspiring example who proved that you need not be born into a rich family to become a good leader.

Of all the roles he has donned, be it as a scientist or as the President of India, to me the best role befitting him was that of a motivator. I believe the best contribution he has given to India and the rest of the world is not the scientific accomplishments, but the motivation he has rendered to the young generation. A true global citizen he was, the magnanimity of his persona is revealed in the words: “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 order in the nation.” Words that he spoke at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, to a select audience, but inspired the whole world.

What keeps Kalam apart from the majority leaders of today is that he walked his talk. Hardly ever we see a political leader put into practice the following suggestion of Kalam: “When failure occurs, a leader should humbly own it and acknowledge it. When success comes, the leader should again have the humility to give credit to all the people who worked for it.” What we see in today’s leaders is celebrity-mongering; reaping fruits from where they haven’t even sown.
A movement that he initiated which captured my attention in particular was the self-governed ‘What Can I Give Movement’ to spread the message of ‘giving’ among the youth. The movement strived to replace the attitude of greed and corruption that comes from the thought, “what can I take” with the attitude of ‘what can I give.

Dr. Kalam is no more with us. But his teachings continue to ‘ignite’ millions across the world; and the loving memories of him shall never fade!

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32 Comments on "MY MEMOIR OF MOMENTS WITH DR. ABDUL KALAM"


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stephen varughese joseph
2 years 9 months ago

Thank you for sharing your views sir.

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chinchu vincent
3 years 8 months ago

Awesome….

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kripa
3 years 8 months ago

nice

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Jayaseelan
3 years 8 months ago

“When failure occurs, a leader should humbly own it and acknowledge it. When success comes, the leader should again have the humility to give credit to all the people who worked for it”…. How can we mold out such leaders ?

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Sumesh
3 years 8 months ago

great to hear this sir…I follow your facebook posts…all your posts makes sense for the common man. We, Keralites , are fortunate to have an industrialist/Humanitarian like you.

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Tinson
3 years 8 months ago

Good Article Sir…

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Sam
3 years 8 months ago

Awesome….He was a legend.your story too inspires me a lot

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Nishad kc
3 years 8 months ago

Definitely his memories will live forever

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VAISAKH V M
3 years 8 months ago

Dr. Kalam has mentioned you in the right manner only. Thanks for sharing your love,respect and memorable moments with : “The Legend .” As you said He is no more with us, But will live surely in the heart of millions as an inspiration and role model. Thank You !

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radhakrishnan
3 years 8 months ago

he was a great man and you are really blessed, got a chance to share few moments with him

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Arun KP
3 years 8 months ago

Dear sir,
His Wings of Fire and Your Practical Wisdoms, read and follow the messages in them and anyone can make their life successful. Best wishes sir.

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Anonymous
3 years 8 months ago

he was a great man and you are really blessed, got a chance to share few moments with him

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Nick Joe
3 years 8 months ago

Meeting of two legends. Both of you have contributed a lot to this world. And we are all so proud of both your contributions…

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Joji
3 years 8 months ago

Great

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Vazhail Jane Varkey
3 years 8 months ago

The end of education should be the building of character with all its riches in culture and humility. President Abdul Kalam stood by what he preached right till the end. We have to make a difference in teaching children in the right direction not for riches but for dignity and character.

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Antony
3 years 8 months ago

Great Men like Dr Kalam are the source of inspiration to generations

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ouseph milliat
3 years 8 months ago

Thanks for sharing your experience with our former president of India.as Abdul kalam sir had said he likes to be known as a teacher. Of course teaching is a noble profession with is a way from Corruption and malpractice. Sir you are also a great person not only as an industrialist but also as a human that you proved by donating your kidney. I salute you for being an ideal individual. Almighty bless you with peace health and long life.

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Mathew John
3 years 8 months ago

Few of the truly great human beings, who left their foot prints in the sands of time. Truly a beacon and a shining light, inspiring millions to dream big and showed them the path how to achieve greatness, and being firmly rooted on the ground.

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Nisham
3 years 8 months ago

Vision with action can change the world

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Nisham
3 years 8 months ago

Vision with action can change the world

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Anonymous
3 years 8 months ago

u indeed deserved it

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Sethumadhavan
3 years 8 months ago

well done, hats off

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Thundiyil Aydathil Vijayan
3 years 8 months ago

GREAT PERSONALITY INDIAN POLITICAN FIND IT DIFFICULT TO FOLLOW HIM

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sajeesh
3 years 8 months ago

Proud of you sir……….

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francis.varghese@gmail.com
3 years 8 months ago

Very true; It is indeed a pride privilege bestowed on you for the fabulous work that you have been doing for the society Sir…

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Anonymous
3 years 8 months ago

truly inspiring…He is indeed ONE OF A KIND…

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Dinesh kumar
3 years 8 months ago

Yes Mr. Kochaouseph . he is one and only Kalam..

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Maxey Mathew
3 years 8 months ago

Excellent message from Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and also if one reads between lines as a businessman entrepreneur Dr Kalam acknowledging your contribution to society too.

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Rajendrannaduvathputhanpurayil
3 years 8 months ago

One philanthropist meets another….

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Bently Thadikkaran
3 years 8 months ago

Really he was a ‘MAN’ in all sense!!!

 
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