Former President of India, nuclear scientist, and author, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, passed away today, in Shillong, at the age of 83. Dr. Kalam was in the capital city of Meghalya, to deliver a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management-Shillong, where he collapsed, following what was confirmed as a massive cardiac arrest.
Dr Kalam, who held the post of the President of India from 25 July 2002 to 27 July 2007, was known as the Missile Man of India, as he was closely involved in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development mission. He also made notable technical, as well as political contribution to India’s Pokhran-II nuclear testing programme.
Having been a notable public figure in various socio – political fields, Dr Kalam’s sudden demise has garnered the much deserved sympathies, and condolences from India’s political big-wigs.
PM Narendra Modi, condoled the late President’s death, by describing him as a ‘guide’ (marg darshak).
Union minister Rajnath Singh, also expressed his condolences, by describing Dr. Kalam’s death as in ‘irreparable loss’ to the nation. Singh expressed his sympathies, on the microblogging site, Twitter, by tweeting –
“Deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APAJ Abdul Kalam. He was an inspiration to an entire generation.”
He further added, by tweeting –
“The death of Dr. Kalam is an irreparable loss to this nation. He has left a big void hard to fill. I deeply mourn his death. RIP Kalam Sahab.”
BJP leader, and foreign affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, also expressed her condolences on Twitter by saying –
“Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam was people’s President. My homage to the great soul.”
Other political leaders have also expressed their condolences by tweeting in honour of the late scientist.
Delhi CM, Arvind Kejriwal, tweeted the following statement –
“V sad to hear that Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is no more. Nation has lost a real bharat ratna.”
Kejriwal also tweeted some old photographs documenting his meeting with the now late President, along with retweeting several tweets expressing condolences on Dr Kalam’s demise.
Former CM of J&K, and National Conference leader, Omar Abdullah, expressed his sorrow in a series of tweets, from the time the news of Dr Kalam collapsing at IIM-Shillong was released, up until the announcement of his untimely demise. Abdullah went on to express his condolences by tweeting –
“Dr Kalam had many fans in J&K, especially amongst the youth in Kashmir which in itself was no small feat. Rest in peace sir & Godspeed.”
Congress MP Shahi Tharoor also took to the microblogging site, to express his condolences, in a series of tweets –
“Mourning APJ AbdulKalam — a man anchored in traditional Indian culture with a vision of India’s future possibilities, the People’sPresident”
“APJ AbdulKalam was also a son of Thiruvananthapuram where he lived 25 years, took the bus, had a favourite teashop, &is loved as a brother”
“AbdulKalam ignited minds, inspired young people,&embodied the potential in every Indian. A Muslim steeped inHindu culture, a complete Indian”
As is evident, Dr Kalam was much revered, as well as admired by many in the political circles. He was however, greatly admired for his contribution to the field of education, and is known for his show of unwavering faith in the youth of India. Having recently released his latest work, “Reignited: Scientific Pathways to a Brighter Future”, written in collaboration with Srijan Pal Singh, Dr Kalam put great stress on the importance of good education for children, that would help them pave a successful path to their future.
Dr Kalam will always be remembered for his work as a scientist, a teacher, and as the humble “People’s President”.