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Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was a great leader. Do you want to know what he said about offensive jokes?

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“Tolerance to humor is essential for a thinking society” – Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam

The former President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam is an inspiration for many people, including me. Since the time I was a child, I always looked up to him. I loved reading, I still do and I often read books about Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.

I’m just going to tell you everything I know about this great personality first. Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was not only a teacher but also an Indian aerospace scientist and politician who served as the 11th President of India from the year 2002 to the year 2007.

Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam was an intellectual. The greatest man ever. He was so humble and down to Earth. One of the most intelligent people. His thoughts and speeches are full of inspiration. He was excellent. Words cannot justify how great he was. His words, his thoughts, and his very life was a lesson in many ways.

Like I told you before, I love reading, I’d like to share with you an excerpt from a book by his student, Srijan Pal Singh who worked closely with Dr. Kalam. The title of the book is, ‘What can I give? Life lessons from my teacher – Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam’.

The except reading, “In April 2015, Vir Das, a famous comedian made fun of Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam in his gig, enacting a hypothetical scene where a Brahmachari like him was hosting an MTV show and being attacked by some women.” “We learned from the papers that some people in the audience got so offended that they called the police.”

“The show was disrupted and an ugly scene ensued. It was an immature act, perhaps under-rehearsed too. But nevertheless, it came from someone well-known in his field. I read about the act and showed it to Dr Kalam the next day. ‘Look, somebody made a joke on you and the police caught him,’ I said.”

“‘Why’, he asked. ‘Because his joke was very bad,’ I replied. ‘Did you think it was bad?’ he asked. After explaining what the joke was, I said, ‘I thought it might be offensive.’ ‘No, I don’t agree. How can comedy of any kind be offensive?…”

“Jokes are meant to be laughed at. You smile at the joke, not the subject of the joke. Understand. That is the idea of the joke. If a joke is good, you laugh – if it is not, you don’t. That’s it. There is no need to feel offended. Tolerance to humor is essential for a thinking society. Now, if you didn’t like it, forget the joke, let’s work.”

Srijan Pal Singh is a well known Indian writer. He is also a public speaker and social entrepreneur. He often writes about his role model, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.

The book ‘What Can I give?: Life Lessons from my Teacher – Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam’ was published in the year 2016. It is a really good biography. While reading this book, you’ll find yourself being a better person and being much more confident. It’s a great read and it is highly recommended.