In India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, our most distinguished scientist, and close associate Y.S. Rajan examine India’s strengths—and weaknesses—to offer a vision of how India can be among the world’s first five economic powers in the year 2020.
They cite growth rates and development trends to show that the goal is not an unrealistic one. Past successes, too, bear them out. For example, we were able to launch the green revolution at a time when experts had all but given up on India ever becoming self-sufficient in food. Similarly, in the field of space technology we started from scratch to have today a system of satellite-based communication linking remote regions of the country. The same sense of purpose can lead us to success in many other areas crucial to achieving the goal of a prosperous, strong nation, assert Kalam and Rajan.
I have three wishes concerning the future improvement of my city Berlin:
a)Innovative multi-generation housing.
In Berlin nearly half of all households are single households. Looking at the aging society this will cause much loneliness and increasing problems for elderly people. They suffer when they have to leave their apartments of houses and have to go to a home for the elderly being restricted to one room.
But also the young mothers suffer from the present form of housing because they can not go to work because they can not afford child care and the grandmothers live elsewhere. In 2020 I will be 34 years old and want to have children. My vision is that new housing complexes should be designed and built or converted where families and singles and single parent families can live together and jointly look after children, and can jointly cook and share other activities such as cleaning the clothes or sharing cars and gymnastic rooms and workshops to repair things. All these things can normally not be afforded by a single family if the decrease in income continues.