“Ignited Minds” is a very well known book written by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. He was Ex-President of India And in today’s world he is recognized as The visionary of youth in India.
He has written this book to basically wake up the youth of India to enlighten their minds and become the bright future of India. Attractive in its simplicity and extraordinary in its potential, here is an excellent and thought provoking books for all Indians, especially youth. The author says that India has lots of Skills, resources and talents to make our Country a developed nation but they go Underused and unused.
Each chapter of this book is rich with experiences and quotations of great personalities of all walk. Youth are of a greater source to bring about revolution in the nation. In this era, youth have developed to an Extent where there is possibility of Them having the potential of driving the Nation on the right track.
The author has tried to influence and make the youth power strong through his work in this book. The youth are challenged to centre their lives on the principles outlined in this book which help them to participate in the new vision for India to make a developed one.
The author has basically dedicated this book to the youth of India but specifically he has dedicated it to one child named Snehal Thakkar.
Message about Dreaming the book potrays :-
Dream plays a very vital role in an individual’s life. Dreams transfer into thoughts and Thoughts result into action. In this phase Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam rightly says that spirituality must be integrated with education. Self realization is the focus. Each one of us must become aware of our higher. Youth are the links to the grand future. We should ignite our dormant inner energy and let it guide our lives. The radiance of such minds embarked On constructive endeavour will bring Peace, prosperity and bliss to the nation.
Book gives us Role Model :-
“Man often become what they believe themselves to be. If I believe I cannot do something, it makes me incapable of doing it. But when I believe I can, then I acquire the ability to do it even if I didn’t have it in beginning.”
- Mahatma Gandhi
The people who impart the best of their guidance, can be your role model. Firmly, one’s role model should be their Parents or their teachers. It is said that behind the parents stands the School and behind the teacher the home. Education and the teacher-student relationship have to be seen not in business terms but with the nation’s growth in mind. A nation’s wealth is the young generation of the country When the child grows up, the role models will be national leaders of quality and integrity in every field including politics, science, entertainment, technology and industry leaving behind their real lives role models.
Visionary Teachers and Scientists :-
"Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."
Vision ignites the minds :-
India needs visionaries of the stature of J.R.D. Tata, Vikram Sarabhai, Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, to name a few, who can involve the entire generation in mission-driven programmes which benefit the country as a whole.
Learning From Saints and Seers :-
Society can prosper through wealth generation and cherishing the value System of the people. The combination of the two will make the nation truly strong And prosperous. Our spiritual wisdom has been our strength. We must draw upon our heritage and wisdom to enrich our lives. It is a fact that we have advanced technologically but spiritually we have not.
Patriotism Beyond Politics and Religion :-
“I do not care for liberation, I would rather go to a hundred thousand hells, doing good to others like the spring, this is the religion.”
- Swami Vivekananda
There are success stories among failures. There is hope among chaos, promise among problems. We are one billion people with multiple faiths and ideologies. In the absence of a national vision cracks At the seam keep surfacing and make us Vulnerable. There is a need to reinforce this seam and amalgamate us into one national forum.
The knowledge Society :-
Ancient India was a knowledge society that contributed a great deal to civilization. We need to recover that status and become a knowledge power. We must learn from our mistakes to achieve a better standard of life. A developed India will supplant a spirit of defeat with the spirit of victory.
“Wisdom is a weapon to ward off destruction; It is an inner fortress which enemies cannot destroy.”
Getting The Forces Together :-
“Determine that things can be and shall be done, and than we shall find the way.”
- Abraham Lincoln
We need to adapt the implementation of our programmes and policies into a mission mode to succeed. Progress cannot be swift and far Reaching if the path full of potholes. The abundant national resources, human and material, remain to be fully utilized.
Building a New State :-
“If I were to look over the whole world to find out the country most richly endowed with all the wealth, power and beauty that nature can bestow in some parts a very paradise on earth I should point to India.”
- Max Miller
The way to development is through purposeful activity. The young especially have to be guided properly, so that their lives find a proper direction and their creativity is allowed to flower. To facilitate this, certain educational reforms must be initiated With regard to improving the pace of development, centre-state efforts should be coordinated in a few key areas and efforts across sectors and organizations. The mind-set must change, showing willingness to take pragmatic risks. As it is rightly said : “to my countrymen,- follow excellence, success will automatically follow you”
“Where the mind is without fear and the head is held high, Where knowledge is free Where the world has not been broken Up into fragments…..My father, let my country awake.”
- Rabindranath Tagore
Evaluation of Book :-
The major strength of this book lies in the name itself where to ignite the minds of the youth who can bring revolutions in the world and can change the scenario of the nation. Weakness of this book lies in just dealing with the matters of youth and enlighten their minds whereas India is being ruled by many age old people who also need to be motivated to bring revolutions that a right for the nation and that too through fair means.
Dr. A.P.J.Abdul Kalam wrote this book with an aim to ignite the minds of youth so that India turns into a developed nation. for through out his career he always relied on the potentials of the youth power, he in fact has every time preferred to work with young team. He through out this book clearly justifies the title unleashing the power within India.
He had a vision to make the nation bright through youth potential which he as proved through the various examples mentioned in this book. I would recommend all the youth to wake up and bring India ahead.
At the outset, being a youth I would pay my gratitude to Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam for framing a platform for youth of India to grow and provoking my spirits to change my character.