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We need developmental politics: Kalam

President Abdul Kalam at a CII function has said the dream of Vision 2020, was achievable well ahead of time.

india Updated: Dec 20, 2006 15:59 IST

India needed "developmental politics" and not 'political politics', President APJ Abdul Kalam said on Tuesday.

Replying to a student during an interaction at a function organised by CII, on his opinion on Indian youth entering politics considering the current situation, Kalam said politics has two components.

"One is political politics and the other developmental politics," Kalam said adding India needed developmental politics, by which the country would progress in a set time-frame.

To another question on how can we achieve the dream of Vision 2020 without achieving 100 per cent literacy and employment, the President said that the literacy per cent has gone up to 67 per cent as of today, compared to 20 per cent in 1950. Similarly, the people below poverty line have come down from 45 per cent to 22 per cent, he said.

"It is a continuing process and considering both the levels, the dream of Vision 2020, was achievable well ahead of time, Kalam exuded confidence.

First Published: Dec 20, 2006 15:59 IST