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Those of you that don’t know – this book has received wide acclaim mostly due to its exclusiveness. The author exerted himself in the effort to convey a message of sheer importance.
By creating a spark inside the hearts and minds of people, it instigated a change that India ought to follow.
Without further ado, let’s see what is the fuss all about!
Who Should Read “Ignited Minds”? And Why?
Even Abdul clearly states that this book is mostly written for the young and brilliant minds of Indian society.
In other words, “Ignited Minds” revolves around the topic of transforming India’s mentality by inciting the blossoming youth to take action.
We’ll see what will happen in years to follow.
About A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
P. J. Abdul Kalam needs no introduction anywhere in India, and pretty much the rest of the world. He was designated as India’s President from 2002 to 2007 and was hailed for his contribution in physics and aerospace engineering.
While giving a lecture, Kalam died at the age of 83. He left a legacy of valuable insights for Indians to follow, and as a result, he was buried with full state honors.
“Ignited Minds PDF Summary”
In the Preface, the author addresses the young Indian population, and it urges them to ignite India with their creativeness. Without question, India, as a developing country, has unlimited potential in terms of resources, education, business, energy, you name it.
Abdul Kalam pondered about India’s recent decisions as a nation. What needs to be revolutionized, added, removed, achieved? It’s a long-term process that has to be addressed as soon as possible. According to him, it is the attitude in Indians which hinders the prospect of prosperity.
The book ruminates on a lot of topics but starts with the most important one – peace of mind. Without it, no country can soar to new heights, and as a result, stagnation will prevail.
The Dream and the Leader
The author recalls the thoughts swarming in its head after the helicopter crash. On 30th September 2001 – Kalam and the crew in that chopper looked death right into its eyes when the helicopter’s engines shut down in mid-air, and they started losing altitude, which resulted in a crash.
Miraculously, no one was injured, but they all started seeing the truth of this existence with different eyes. The doctors prescribed a tranquilizer to calm him down so that he could rest.
A strange dream followed.
One particular thought filled him with dread and confusion – Why is the human race so prone to violence? Then, he dreamed about five characters (Mahatma Gandhi, Albert Einstein, Emperor Asoka, Abraham Lincoln, and Caliph Omar) who he so deeply admired. This dream engrossed him, made him aware of the reality.
These personalities were the answer to this puzzle, all living in different times but exerting a great influence on the upcoming generations.
It was perhaps the missing link to the fulfillment of its longings. Education in India became the battleground for this endeavor.
It became crystal clear to him that by integrating spirituality with education, one can achieve full satisfaction. Without one of these elements, a person can’t cope with the reality of today. Such strides will undoubtedly improve the wellbeing of a nation and add to world peace.
Kalam wholeheartedly argues that there is nothing wrong with having a desire for material things. Although a life with minimal possessions can help you grow inwardly, you mustn’t discard the effects of merging spirituality with the outer world.
One cannot do without the other, and due to this correlation – you must integrate both because nature doesn’t endorse half measures.
India’s wealth, in particular, is not reflected in the resource-rich areas, nor powerful tycoons but by the development of a smarter generation. Who are the role models for the Indian youth, who will act as a leader of the ignited minds?
Throughout life, we can’t help but be subjected to various treatments. In this process, one absorbs the knowledge of different figures, skilled or excelling at different things. When a child matures and strives to gain self-sufficiency – it patterns its life path after a role model.
Not emulating its trajectory, but building its own road based on the “dimensions” which are proven to be effective. It’s a great metaphor that will illuminate the upcoming generations regarding the real wealth of a nation!
Visionary Individuals and Saints
How many times have you been encouraged never to stop dreaming? It’s critical for a person who puts an accent on growth to hear this encouragement over and over again! – Kalam, apparently, thinks alike.
As an illustration of this unquenchable thirst, the author puts Einstein in the limelight.
He was so impressed by the compass and the movement of the needles, that he spent countless hours trying to understand why and who controlled their motion.
What was it made of, how can you stop it from spinning, etc.? These were few of the questions that propelled the young genius into exploring and looking at the depths of everything.
Dyer also adds to this lecture by pointing out that desire or urge incentivizes the Universe to bring those items/facts/opportunities/changes closer to you.
It’s science, not some faded theory!
One other example is India’s battle for independence. It’s entirely false to think that Mahatma Gandhi launched an unprecedented struggle for sovereignty. Indians embarked on this journey officially from 1857. It took them 90 years to achieve this, but it happened because the nation was united.
No one can deny the fact that India still struggles to maintain a stable economy, and a large portion of Indians live below the poverty line. However, it is moving forward, and that’s precisely why Kalam places the emphasis on the young folks.
India was able to withstand the storming hordes of colonialism and preserve its identity. The invaders tried to break India from within and incite divisions, but they faced stiff resistance throughout their reign.
Nonetheless, the effects of imperialism have taken a toll on India’s development.
In the process, India slumped to a lower position in the global arena, and it faces a brick wall when trying to rejuvenate its structure. The new generation now must revamp the fragile architecture of India while drawing strength from its roots depicted through spirituality and ancient wisdom.
Technology is not the spiritual adversary, but a guiding hand which can facilitate this transition. People with vision want to tackle the sociological impasse by scrutinizing the effects of inherent strengths. Indeed, India that needs to be brought into line with the 21st-century thought.
True Patriotism and Real Knowledge
Well, when you are invaded multiple times in the past 3000 years, you ought to learn how to defend yourself. That’s the message Abdul Kalam tried to convey while teaching at Alma University. Nehru spoke against the Nuclear Arms Race and pointed out that India should remain neutral in terms of developing nuclear capabilities.
Nonetheless, the author with regards to current circumstances indicates that two of India’s neighbors are armed with ballistic missiles, and that’s a force to be reckoned with.
The question is – Why did India never launched an onslaught against the nearby nations with whom they share their borders? Were the kings too afraid and pathetic or perhaps India is the core of diversity and always has been? You get the idea! Indians are tolerant people, but that attitude was used against them for centuries!
With more than 10,000 Nuclear Warheads in their arsenal, both the US and the Russian Federation dictate the terms in the Security Council of the United Nations. It stands to reason that without a proper defensive mechanism, India will never be able to play a significant role in worldly events.
When it comes to the belief system, Abdul Kalam was fortunate enough to learn the key elements of religions that are widespread on Indian soil. He arrived at a conclusion that all of them accentuate the importance of spiritual well-being.
The greatest adversary in India are not religious differences, but the people seeking divisions. It is those whose ideology differs from the heart of India, and they try to expand their interests by advocating for a cultural massacre.
In the process, the sense of unity crumbles underneath the never-ending desire for domination. It weakens the mission of the nation, and make it more prone to conflicts and recession not just in terms of economy.
This ultimately incites disappointed and a full-scale dejection. To avert this possible catastrophe, which is a direct consequence of selfish intentions; the youth must look beyond their noses and adjust its viewpoints.
In all honesty, a one billion people nation is tough to govern, especially when you have all the cultural and historical patterns engraved deep in the societal structure.
The best way to address the current impasse is by adapting the implementation program regarding the mission-mode – Kalam regularly concentrated on. The national and human resources are yet to be utilized by focusing on the policies enforced!
The Power of Goals
Maharishi Patanjali once said:
When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds: Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction, and you find yourself in a new, great, and wonderful world.
No one can break your spirit if you are driven by sincere motives that further incentivize you to handle the obstacles down the road.
The same thing applies to historical events that shaped India’s mindset.
Perhaps, there is not a country in the modern world that can match India’s history, culture, and all the facets that go with it. It’s needless to say that ancient India had a significant role in the rise of civilization by sharing its insights into human evolution and social well-being.
Yes, there were hard times that most Indians wish they never happened, but let’s draw positives from the past in efforts to rebuild the future.
The spirit of eager and proud Indians will never be crushed, and that’s the new generation Abdul Kalam is trying to bring to the surface. He exerted himself to portray them as real heroes who should care for prosperity stretching beyond their agendas.
Key Lessons from “Ignited Minds”
1. Growth doesn’t happen overnight
2. Attitude is key
3. Governing doesn’t mean ruling
Growth doesn’t happen overnight
We hate to say it, but this is not a lottery. It’s a long and exhausting process that should help India to stabilize its key aspects and convert into a global Superpower.
The young generation ought to lay the groundwork for this endeavor.
Attitude is key
Perhaps, Kalam didn’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings, but his core message revolves around India’s character.
He voiced grave concerns in terms of the nation’s determination in achieving strategic and personal goals.
We sincerely hope that – Indian Youth will deal with this issue, once and for all.
Governing doesn’t mean ruling
Indians are tired of ruling elites; ranging from the Mughal Empire to European Colonization. They simply don’t like to be ruled but guided and led by true reformers!
It’s a big difference, because in doing so – the country should safeguard their interests and care for their well-being.
Not many rulers did that in the past, to say the least!
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Our Critical Review
As we said previously, this book is an excellent addition for all those ignited minds who want to bring about change in Indian society.
We found it highly amusing and immensely valuable due to its on the point narrative.