20 September, 2020

'500 Million Young Will Transform India'

The Prez on the bird's flight, the power of youth, river-linking, fighting corruption and other ideas for the future

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'500 Million Young Will Transform India'
Since more than half the country is populated by the likes of them, Outlook asked two zippies to do an interview with President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, and find out what it all means. We chose Aditi Banerjee, 19, from Lady Sriram College (LSR), New Delhi, and Satvik Sarwade, 21, from the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Kharagpur.

Aditi and Satvik were allowed to ask whatever they wanted to learn from the President about the India they will inherit. And just what it was the 72-year-old First Citizen thought they must do to involve themselves in the process of nation-building. The President's staff promised 20 minutes, the President gave them 50. (Details of their experiences are available from their articles on the RHS bar). Full text of the interview, excerpts from which appear in the print issue:

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: Why don't we start with you telling me what you do and what you want to be?

Satvik Sarwade: I'm in my final year civil engineering at IIT Kharagpur and I want to be an entrepreneur.

Aditi Banerjee: I'm a...



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