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World opinion can safeguard humanity: Kalam

chandigarh Updated: Jul 15, 2012 11:26 IST
Gaurav Bisht
Gaurav Bisht
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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday hoped that world opinion against nuclear weapons will help reduce weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

"No nuclear weapon was produced in the world in the last ten years. Both America and Russia have mutually agreed to reduce weapons of mass destruction from 10,000 to 5000 for the sake of world peace," said Kalam, while replying to a question asked by a student on arms race.

Kalam was here to deliver the keynote address at a colloquium on fundamental duties, organised by Himachal Pradesh State Legal Services Authority, in association with Directorate of Language and Culture, Swarn Education Welfare and Awareness (SEWA) Trust and Public Relations Society of India (PRSI), Shimla Chapter. "We are also a nuclear state. There is a need for universal pressure to free the world of nuclear weapons," he said.

Like always, Kalam was at his best, educating and motivating the students to achieve new heights. Kalam exhorted the student community to strive for their rights. "Every citizen in the country has the right to live with dignity," Kalam said, while lauding the role of judiciary in the country.

"Great judicial minds have given landmark judgments in the country," he said, as he quoted some of the landmark judgments, which were instrumental in changing the perception and policies of various governments.

He urged the Himachal government to take more effective steps to safeguard the environment. "Law cannot securefreedom but there must be spirit of tolerance in society," said Kalam, while calling upon the participants to tolerate other people's ideas, opinions, beliefs and culture.

Kalam looked a bit uncomfortable while replying to a question from a student on his experience with political parties as a President. "In politics there are some good people. But the focus has now shifted from development to politics," he said, adding, "Ideally, development polity should be 70% and the politics of parties to get elected should be 30%. But we have 30% of development polity and 70% of politics to be in power."

He called for better coordination among different pillars of society. He said politicians, lawmakers, citizens, administration, police, science and technology, lawyer, judges and media should work in tandem. "Political leaders should have vision, while the lawmakers should simplify the laws for the common man.

He said that the citizens should respect everyone's rights and behave well and administration should be responsive. "New technologies should be adopted for quick administrative decisions. Police should work without bias and pressure," said Kalam.

Chief justice of the high court of Himachal Pradesh Kurian Joseph stressed on the aptitude change to strive for excellence in life. He said that information leads to formation, then transformation, which leads to progress, progress to change and change leads to development. "Where there is a right, there is a remedy," he remarked.

"Everyone has equal rights and we must have regard for others' rights. If one performs his duty in the right perspective, it is automatically bring a sea change in others attitude," Joseph said.

Executive chairman, HP State Legal Services Authority and high court judge RB Misra, in his welcome address, delved upon various facilities being provided by the state legal services authority, especially for the poor so as to get justice. He also said that endeavour of the authority and its associates during colloquiums organised had been to create awareness amongst the masses especially youngsters about the fundamental duties enshrined in the Constitution.