Dr. APJ Abdul kalaam is no more :(
Huge loss to india
Former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam died in Meghalaya’s capital Shillong following a heart attack this evening. He was 84.
Dr Kalam was delivering a lecture at the Rajiv Gandhi Indian Institute of Management (RG-IIM) when he felt uneasy and collapsed around 6.30 pm. He was taken to the Bethany Hospital in Shillong, where doctors declared him dead around 7.30 pm.
Hospital sources said Dr Kalam was brought in a critical state and was admitted to the ICU.
The government tonight announced a seven-day state mourning from July 27 to August 2 throughout the country as a mark of respect to the former President.
Dr Kalam was a visiting professor at RG-IIM since 2013 and visited the institute once a year.
The body was taken to the Military Hospital. It will be taken by an Air Force helicopter to Guwahati at 5.30 am tomorrow and from there to Delhi by a special aircraft.
Considered the most popular President, Dr Kalam became the 11th head of state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007.
राष्ट्रभक्त, मिसाइल मैन देश के 11 वे राष्ट्रपति एपीजे कलाम का निधन ������
भारत माता के वीर सपूत को हार्दिक श्रदांजलि ������ ......
जिन्होंने अपनी क्षमताओ से देश को परमाणु शक्ति संपन्न बनाया ऐसे राष्ट्रभक्त को शत शत नमन ����
Re: Dr. APJ Abdul kalaam is no more :(
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the "Missile Man" of India, rose from humble beginnings and earned the reputation of being the "People's President" who endeared himself to all sections, especially the young.
A devout Muslim and son of a boat owner, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, who assumed office as the 11th President on July 18, 2002, was seen as a figurehead who could help heal some of the scars of the communal riots which broke out in Gujarat just a few months before.
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 amongst 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 (LCA) project made him a household name.
Born and raised in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on October 15, 1931, Kalam, who is known for having a unique style, joined the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) after studying physics and aerospace engineering after graduating from Madras Institute of Technology.
Mainly focusing on research in defence and space arena, he later involved himself in the India's missile programme. His contribution to the ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology earned him the named as the "Missile Man of India".
Kalam, who received several prestigious awards, including Bharat Ratna, played a crucial role when India tested its nuclear weapons at Pokhran in 1998 when the Vajpayee government was in power.
A vegetarian bachelor, Kalam was quoted as saying that like most of the technology he spearheaded, he himself was "Made in India", having never been trained abroad.
Kalam succeeded KR Narayanan and served a full five-year term from 2002 until 2007 after he won the presidential elections which was a highly one-sided contest with Lakshmi Sahgal, a revolutionary of the Indian Independence movement, as his rival. He secured the backing of all political parties.
With his appointment, Kalam became the first scientist and first ever bachelor to occupy the Rastrapati Bhawan. During his tenure as President, Kalam came up for criticism for his inaction in deciding the fate of 20 out of 21 mercy petitions.
Kalam acted on only one mercy plea in his five-year tenure, rejecting the plea of rapist Dhananjoy Chatterjee, who was hanged thereafter.
For his contribution to the missile programme, he was awarded with Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in 1997. He was also awarded Padma Bhushan in 1981 and Padma Vibhushan in 1990. — PTI
A ‘People's President’
We have lost a great son of India who dedicated his entire life for the welfare of the motherland and its people. Dr Kalam was a people's President during his lifetime and will remain so even after his death. —Pranab Mukherjee, president
The country has lost a son who worked to make country a strong nation. He gave his every moment to make India's youth strong and self-reliant. —Narendra Modi, prime minister
Kalam inspired millions in the country and abroad and he even breathed his last while infusing a new zeal to young Indians in the course of his last address to IIM students. —Sonia Gandhi, congress chief
Re: Dr. APJ Abdul kalaam is no more :(
RIP, hi is great man apni puri life sab nu kamm krn lai inspire krde hoye kati and end ch v kuch idan di hi kita , truly great human being, rabb pta nhi kyum change bandiya nu hi chakda , kai hor ne jihna di lorh kise nu nh dharti te.. RIP Mr. Kalam