“Last month saw the passing away of the most loved and respected President that India has seen. Apart from his knowledge and achievements, one quality that really made him stand out was his humility. The ‘missile man’, ‘rocket scientist’, ‘acclaimed author’ and finally ‘Mr. President’ titles did not change the person in him. He remained honest to himself and his work – a true karma yogi. He will remain an inspiration and role model for all of us. As a tribute to the great man, I reproduce a poem written by him called ‘Indomitable Spirit’.”
I was swimming in the sea, Waves came one after the other I was swimming and swimming to reach my destination. But one wave, a powerful wave, overpowered me; it took me along in its own direction I was pulled long and along. When I was about to lose amidst the sea wave power, One thought flashed to me, yes, that is courage Courage to reach my goal, courage to defeat the powerful force and succeed With courage in my mind, indomitable spirit engulfed me, With indomitable spirit in mind and action, I regained lost confidence I can win, win and win Strength came back to me, overpowered the sea wave I reached the destination, my mission..