President APJ Abdul Kalam was interviewed by Discovery presenter Geoff Watts for a special edition of the programme which forms part of the BBC World Service season of programmes on India, India Rising.
The President, a scientist and the architect of India’s missile programme, said: “I have an idea for evolving an enlightened society that will lead to a peaceful, prosperous and happy planet Earth. Today there is a big question mark. I have given considerable thought to it.
“It is, indeed, a doctrine of science, philosophy and education. It’s a three-dimensional approach involving education with value system; religion transformed to spirituality and, most importantly, the economic development for societal transformation of all the nations.”
President APJ Abdul Kalam added that an integrated global implementation of this three-dimensional approach will lead to a peaceful planet Earth. He invited BBC listeners to visit his website to learn about his proposed model and engage in discussion with him.
India Rising is a week-long season of programmes devoted to India. It runs on BBC World Service from Saturday 3 to Sunday 11 February 2007. Discovery’s contribution to the season includes and exploration of Indian science and science education, space programmes, astronomy and physics as well as pharmaceutics and biotechnology.
For more information on this programme and others in the season, visit bbcnews.com/india.