संस्कृति- APJ Kalam On Gift

Excerpts from Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’s address to the members of India Islamic Cultural Centre, New Delhi, 2007:

“I would like to mention the writings in Manu Smriti which, states that “By accepting gifts the divine light in the person gets extinguished”. Manu warns every individual against accepting gifts for the reason that it places the acceptor under an obligation in favour of the person who …gave the gift and ultimately it results in making a person to do things which are not permitted according to law.

I am sharing this thought with all of you since no one should get carried away by any gift which comes with a purpose and through which one loses his personality greatly.”

(Dr. Kalam delivered this speech when he still was in the high office as the President of India)


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