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”.
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.
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. […]