27th July, 2015
U.S.-India Business Council and Members Mourn the Passing of Former Indian President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
On behalf of its member companies, the U.S.-India Business Council expresses deep sorrow at the passing of one of India’s greatest leaders and visionaries, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Popularly known as the Missile Man of India, Dr. Kalam spent more than 40 years of his scientific career as the architect of significant defense and space research institutions, such as the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
He entered the political arena as India’s 11th President, from 2002-2007. Perhaps one of the greatest testaments of his visionary thinking is the “India Vision 2020,” a comprehensive strategy to transform India into a developed country by 2020. The enduring legacy of “India Vision 2020” is reflected in its presence in policy and institutional frameworks, including the U.S.-India Business Council’s own mission. The Council’s Executive Committees mirror the five sectors (agriculture, infrastructure, education and healthcare, information and communication technology, and defense technology) that Dr. Kalam astutely identified as crucial to India's development.
As profound as his loss is for the field of science, politics and critical philosophy, our sorrow also stems from the loss of him as a mentor for young Indians. He believed that India’s potential could be unleashed by bringing out the best in its younger generations. Dr. Kalam encouraged young minds to think outside the box and pave their own unique path, echoing a message of innovation and creativity that is integral to strengthening India’s education system.
The Council is comforted by the knowledge that not only India but the rest of the world will benefit from the courage, tenacity, and vision that Dr. Kalam displayed throughout his lifetime. At this transformational and buoyant period in India’s growth, the Council and its members will hold Dr. Kalam’s words close to heart: “You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”