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India needs large number of creative leaders: Kalam

Kolkata 07 Jul 2011, Vol 2 Issue 26

Former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Tuesday said India needs a large number of creative leaders to become a developed nation by 2020.

"National economic development is based on competitiveness. Competitiveness is powered by knowledge. There is a need for creative leadership and a creative leader means he should be a mentor," Kalam said during a programme organised by the Calcutta Chamber of Commerce here recently.

A visionary: Abdul Kalam wants India to be a developed nation by 2020  (Photo courtesy: www.abdulkalam.com)

“Knowledge is the primary source of empowerment. Ability to develop knowledge infrastructure is the key factor to develop a knowledge society," he said.

He said that to be a developed nation by 2020, India should attain and then maintain 10 percent growth in its Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

"To be a developed nation by 2020, India's GDP growth rate should be 10 percent (per annum) and it should be maintained," Kalam said.

Corruption-free society, physical and economic connectivity in the rural areas and stress on micro-finance and small-scale industries were also important for the country to be a developed nation, he added. - IANS
 

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