Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam’s vision: A Developed India by 2020 :
“A developed India by 2020, or even earlier, is not a dream. It need not even be a mere vision in the minds of many Indians. It is a Mission we can all take up – and succeed.”
The goal as he asserts, is not an unrealistic one, extrapolating from current growth rates and trends, and suggesting various improvements and directions we can take to boost development. His book India by 2020 says that we can soon be well on the way to providing our citizens with a decent standard of living. Past successes, too bear them out. For example, we were able to produce enough food for our populations through the green revolution, although many international experts scoffed at the notion that India could even be without a begging bowl. In the sophisticated field of space technology we started from scratch to have today a system of satellite-based communication linking remote regions of the country. Initially there were failures in the space programme, but this only motivated our scientists to try harder. The aim and sense of purpose can lead us to success in many other areas. The aim: an India free from poverty, strong in trade and commerce, science and technology, providing health and education to all.