Former president A P J Abdul Kalam, the 'missile man' who came to be known as 'People's President' passed on Monday after he collapsed during a lecture at the IIM Shillong on Monday evening.
Considered the most popular President, Kalam became the 11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 but lack of consensus denied a second term in office for a man who came from outside political spectrum.
The country's first bachelor President, Kalam, whose flowing grey hair is seen as being at odds with what Indians thought a president ought to look like, was one among the most respected people of the country who contributed immensely both as a scientist and as a President.
Acknowledged as the driving force behind India's quest for cutting-edge defence technologies, Kalam's contributions to India's satellite programmes, guided and ballistic missiles project, nuclear weapons programme and the Light Combat Aircraft project made him a household name.
A seven-day national mourning will be declared by the Centre, Union Home Secretary L C Goyal said. Both the houses of Parliament are likely to make obituary references and adjourn as a mark of respect to his memory.
As president, Kalam utilised any opportunity that came to him to address students, especially school children, to dream big so that they became achievers in life.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice-President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and leaders cutting across party lines condoled the demise of the former President.
Modi described him as 'marg darshak' while the home minister termed him as an inspiration to an entire generation.
KiiT International School and library pay rich tribute to our beloved Ex president Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. He deserves a huge kudos for all he has given and done for the nation. Such an amazing inspiration, not just his deeds , even his words would make the listener feel energized. Hats off to such an ardent patriot, teacher & scientist. May all of us keep learning from his works and words. We all salute you and hope that you will continue to inspire our youth for generations, Such person never die, they are immortal and always will live in our memory and heart.
Please go through this video, it shows his love on children, books, library and more.........
International Conference on Children's Libraries, New Delhi, Feb 4 2010
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