The controversy over A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s memorial does his legacy a disservice
Prime Minister Narendra Modi had inaugurated the Rs 15 crore memorial and also unveiled the statue of Kalam playing the musical instrument ‘veena’ at Peikarambu in Rameswaram. The former president was adept at playing the musical instrument.
A handful of tourists do come to the ground even now, some to look at the structure, others having visited Kalam’s home at Rameswaram and now stopping over to complete what they count as a “pilgrimage”.
Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, the current occupant, confirmed that he has been asked to vacate the duplex bungalow.
Incidentally, Sharma was also in the eye of a storm last month for his remarks that Kalam was a great nationalist “despite being a Muslim”.
Supporters of the decision point to the popular perception of Aurangzeb as “a cruel, dictatorial and despotic ruler”, and to “the need for correcting mistakes of our past”.
Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi in this regard, according to a release issued by his office.
Puffin Books will publish “My India: Ideas for the Future”, billed as a sequel to “Ignited Minds”. It will be a collection of insightful and thought-provoking speeches from Kalam’s post presidency years.
APJ Abdul Kalam’s mortal remains were flown to his hometown on Wednesday in a special IAF helicopter as the nation bid an emotional adieu to the country’s ‘missile man’.
This week, TV was overtaken by news.
Leader of the Opposition in Rajya Sabha Ghulam Nabi Azad and Congress’s leader in Lok Sabha Mallikarjun Kharge will also attend the funeral.
In July 2008, the Samajwadi Party (SP) famously changed its stand on the Indo-US nuclear deal — easing pressure on the then Manmohan Singh government — after a meeting with former President A P J Abdul Kalam. The SP justified the change of heart, saying Kalam had told them that the deal was in India’s interest. […]
Dr AJP Abdul Kalam was “equally at ease before an audience of suave, globe-trotting ministers and a class of young students”, PM Modi said.
“I have great love and respect for Mr A P J Abdul Kalam. It is my desire to attend his funeral and pay respects to him. However, due to my health condition I am unable to undertake a journey,” said Jayalalithaa.
As scientist and as president, Kalam asked the questions that pointed us in the right direction.