Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at Ford Samvad Ignited Minds session

This afternoon’s Ford Samvad session with administrator, scientist and former Indian president , Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam possibly hosted the largest audience gathering ever seen at Jaipur Lit Fest. In his friendly address to youth and young minds, he motivated attendees to ‘become captain of the problem. Defeat the problem. And Succeed.’ while encouraging one and all to follow a dream through knowledge acquisition, hard work and perseverance.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Ford Samvad
Nigel Harris, president and Managing Director, Ford India with Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam and Matt Reid, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation at Ford Samvad 2015.

Day four at Jaipur Literature Festival 2015 has been exciting and special owing to visionary and Bharat Ratna awardee ,Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s presence at the ‘Ignited Minds’ session at Ford Samvad. having always been a great inspiration to children and youth, Dr. Kalam shared his perspective children, and their potential to transform India into a powerful and energetic nation. He inspired and encouraged children to dream big, be brave to stand up and face difficulties to achieve what they set their hearts on.

Ford In India is working on a ‘Better World Vision’ through its ‘Happy Schools’ programme, which was introduced at Jaipur Literature Festival 2014. Nigel Harris, President and MD, Ford India and Matt Reid, CEO of Aga Khan Foundation were at Ford Samvad today. Khushwant Singh Poetry Prize winner, Arundhati Subramaniam was the first poet of the day. She was followed on stage by award-winning poet and writer, Malchand Tiwari. Helon Habila, Associate Professor of Creative Writing at George Mason University was on stage next, followed by Aruni Kashyap, and then Meena Kandasamy, a Chennai based writer. Nand Kishore Acharya is the sixth poet at Ford Samvad today, and Arvind Krishna Mehrotra, the last poet of the day for ‘The Poetry Hour 7X7: Kavita Nirantar’ session.