New Delhi: India celebrates Children's Day on the occasion of Pandit Jawahar Lal Nehru's birthday which falls on November 14. While, the occasion is a way of remembering the first Prime Minister of the country, it is also an occasion to celebrate children and acknowledge their position as the future of the nation. The celebrations, hence, no longer are limited to organizing cultural and fun activities for children and have also become an occasion to inspire young children to become responsible citizens when they grow up.
One of the personalities who loved children as much as Pandit Nehru was the 11th President of India Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam. He not only loved children but engaged with them time to time. It is not unknown that Dr. Kalam loved to personally take classes and teach children.
In his Children's Day interaction with school children in 2005, he told the young children who had assembled from different parts of the country, that apart from excelling in studies, they should also strive to become good human beings.
He reiterated the same sentiment in his interaction with children next year, i.e. on November 14, 2006 too. In his interaction he emphasized on the need to acquire knowledge to advance career. He also told the assembled children that they should contribute to the development of nation by using their spare time on Saturdays and Sundays to teach people in rural areas who cannot read or write. Similarly, the children should utilize their spare time to plant saplings in their School campus as well as in their surroundings.