The Indian media today is an all-consuming giant looking for the tiniest bits of news to devour and then spit out at the public. Creating news is what the media does better now than reporting it. No surprise then that the hitherto neglected Indian Presidential elections were widely covered by the nation’s media this year. But to give the devil his due, Prez Kalam had his role to play in making this into a much-talked-about affair.
The scientist-turned-statesman made the “rubber stamp” Indian Prez into a living, thinking being and the post even a coveted one. I don’t remember caring who the President of my country was before this. And now that Kalam isn’t occupying that post and somebody called Pratibha Patil is, I do! You had e-petitions doing the rounds asking the government to elect him for a second term. When has that happened before in Indian history?
But the point isn’t just that Kalam is far more popular than Patil; the point is that one man can make all the difference. It’s not the job you do but how you do it that matters. Not many of us know how to make ourselves indispensable and maybe we could take a leaf out of Kalam’s life to learn that. The much quoted “successful people don’t do different things, they do things differently” is totally useful in conveying what I want to say.
You’ve got a situation you can’t change – what you probably can is the way you work within it. And that’s why I think Prez Kalam is so inspiring! We let the system get to us, but if we care to think out of the box, things could be better.