Former Indian President Abdul Kalam who arrived in Sri Lanka on Thursday night called on President Maithripala Sirisena at the Presidential Secretariat last morning. Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka and Indian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka Y.K. Sinha were also present. Picture by President’s Media Unit
Only three people can teach righteousness in the heart. They are father, mother and the primary school teacher, former Indian President Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam said.
Addressing over 1,500 students from different schools and universities at the BMICH yesterday, he said that in every country, national development, which is a collective process has to be accomplished through the constructive efforts of citizens who practice righteousness in their activities.
Dr. Kalam is Sri Lanka on the invitation of Power and Energy Minister Patali Champika Ranawaka to attend the energy symposium.
The former Indian President also spoke about the behaviour of a child, a teenager, a grown up and a leader.
“How do these four people behave to the human need? The child will say you give me, the teenager will say we can do everything and do not interfere, the grown up will say we will work together and only the leader will say what he can give. When you go in the path to educate yourself you should go with a thought – what can you give. That is the quality of the leader and the opposite of it is very dangerous. As a young boy or girl when you enter school or college you should go with the thought – what you can give,” Dr. Kalam said.
“I want you to transform yourselves into leaders in every field,” he said.
“How do we inculcate righteousness in the heart. In my opinion, there are three sources which can build a youth with righteousness in the heart. One is mother, second is father in a spiritual environment and the third and the most important is the teacher, particularly primary school teacher.
When the schools teach the students to use the knowledge with creativity, righteousness and courage, the nation will have a 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,” Dr. Kalam said. He also shared a hymn called righteousness with the students. The former Indian President said 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 then there is order in the nation, when there is order in the nation there is peace in the world.
“People see a beautiful connectivity between the heart, character, nation and the world. Righteousness in the heart is the purpose of human creation – that is divinity. Only three people can teach us righteousness in the heart, father, mother and the primary school teacher. People are influenced by the thought of righteousness, irrespective of their nationality,” he said. Dr Kalam emphasised the fact that an ignited mind of the youth is the most powerful resource, on the earth, above the earth and under the earth.
“Youth can make a difference in society. Youth development has multiple dimensions. Working hard to improve their knowledge can serve the family, society and the nation. We need leaders with compassion.
Selfless act of love and compassion will generate people,” he said.
Dr. Kalam made all participants to pledge an oath to build a better Sri Lanka.