End of an era! Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam passes away.

The end of an era

Yesterday, India lost Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a scientist, a people’s president (the only one in the democracy of India), and a true Bharat Ratna.

He was the only role model India had in decades after Gandhi, who the young generation could follow and be inspired by. He was the 11th president of the county,  and arguably the most popular among the masses. His popularity was beyond any TRPs. During his tenure as president of India from 2002-07, he inspired the nation with his energy, motivated the young with his words, became a favorite amongst cartoonists for his hairstyle and brought smiles to many faces with his sense of humor. As a scientist he was involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts India. For his pivotal organizational, technical and political role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests, he was nick nicknamed the “MISSILE MAN“.

Even though the terror attack in Punjab was all over news channels, it was the loss of our favorite president that shocked us more.

India will always miss you, sir. Thank you for sharing your knowledge and experiences with us. Thank you for giving India a true Bharat Ratna and being a role model for all of us.

If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. –  Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Remembering the popular President


President of India (2002-2007)
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of India (2002-2007)

Today, Mr Pranab Mukherjee was sworn in as the 13th President of India. Unlike in the US, the President of India is elected by the members of the Parliament, and the President, for the citizen of the country, is not more than a mere constitutional ornament.

However, in the year 2002, India found a very deserving President, in Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam – a scientist, and an administrator.

My personal concern, at the time, was how he would survive the dirty politics, as his nomination for the post of  President was itself a matter of controversy and involved dirty politics. But he was quick to end all concerns about that, and impressed the world with his unique solutions for common problems facing a developing country like India.

He might have served India as President for just one term, but he ruled the hearts of people the world over, with his efforts for making India a developing nation. We all remember him for his achievements as a President, his love for children and his simplicity.

Ask any one, who is the most popular President of India post-Independence? The answer will be a unanimous “Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam”.

He is a role model for the young generation and was the true “RASHTRAPATI OF INDIA”.

Here, I’m posting a link to an article from The Hindu, and would ask every one to take some time off to read it.

The Hindu : Arts / Books : A man in mission-mode

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