A. P. J. Abdul Kalam – Why are we (Indians), as a nation so obsessed with foreign things?

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Great A. P. J. Abdul Kalam once shared his view about India’s excessive use of foreign branded items. He said in a speech:

Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things? We want foreign TVs, we want foreign shirts. We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported. Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?

I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is. She replied: I want to live in a developed India.

For her, you and I will have to build this developed India. You must proclaim. India is not an under-developed nation; it is a highly developed nation.

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