First Prime Minister of India
Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour: 1955
Perhaps envy is not the right word but I can think of no other, because I see them launching out not only on their life’s career which is an exciting business for every young man and young woman at this time of life, but launching out on it at a time of peculiar significance to this country and to them.
Here in the place of that Hijli Detention Camp stands this fine monument of India to-day representing India’s urges, India’s future in the making. This picture seems to me symbolical of the changes that are coming to India. That where there was the Hijli Detention Camp we have the Indian Institute of Technology and seeing these young men pass by, taking their various degrees, looking at their bright faces, I felt happy.
It is true that all your training or the training you may get here in your Institute of Technology or in any other Institute, will not take you very far if there is no strength of character, strength of mind somewhere inside you, strength of purpose somewhere, about where you are going to, some objective in life, some content in life, some real function in life -- not merely getting a salary and doing an odd job.
We wish to solve our problems in India, that is to say, we want to advance in the technological sphere and the scientific sphere rapidly.
Now you are engineer