M Rafi Ahmed‘
To succeed in your mission, you must have a single minded devotion to your goal’ is an inspiring quote of Missile Man of India Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. As a tribute to a great personality, who inspired children and youth across the globe, APJ Abdul Kalam Foundation, House of Kalam in Rameswaram supported by UK based World Humanitarian Drive (WHD) and Chennai based youth organisation Raindropss organised for a virtual meet on his 89th birth anniversary.Aimed at creating a peaceful existence among the people across the globe, Kalam’s birth anniversary virtual meet focused on the theme ‘Liveable Planet Earth–Working together for a peaceful world’ with spiritual leader of the Tibetan people Dalai Lama as the chief guest. And the one hour live event from the birth place of Kalam was coordinated by his grand nephews APJMJ Sheik Dawood, co-founder, Dr Abdul Kalam International Foundation and APJMJ Sheik Saleem, managing trustee, Dr Abdul Kalam International Foundation.As many as 50 persons including students participated from across the globe during this online event while ten students, who were selected from different countries got an opportunity to interact with the Dalai Lama regarding global peace. A redeeming feature of this virtual meet is that the event was featured in 14 different languages including Tibetan, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Korean, Spanish, German, Mongolia and French besides Hindi.’Where there is righteousness in the heart, there is beauty in the character. When there is beauty in the character, there is harmony in the home. When there is harmony in the home, there is order in the nation. When there is order in the nation, there is peace in the world’, said Kalam. Taking a cue from this, the organisers of this virtual meet have visioned to spread his message for global peace by organising similar events.