Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the 'missile man' who came to be known as 'People's President' died on Monday after he collapsed during a lecture at the IIM in Shillong on Monday evening.
“As a president, his life, his work and everything about him continues to show the way for India. His life-long efforts to deploy scientific intellect in making India powerful is truly the nation’s wealth,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a televised address. “He used to say teaching was his passion, and he spent his last moments among the students doing what he loved most.”
After the tragic incident of 83-year-old Kalam’s death , who was president from 2002 to 2007, tributes for the former president poured in on Twitter as the entire nation, saddened by his death, went into mourning and eminent people, from politicians to actors, expressed their grief.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi @narendramodi expressed grief on the death of the former president. “India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful President & above all an inspiring individual. RIP Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Dr. Kalam…my mind is filled with so many memories, so many interactions with him. Always marvelled at his intellect, learnt so much from him. Dr. Kalam enjoyed being with people; people & youngsters adored him. He loved students & spent his final moments among them.”
President of India @RashtrapatiBhvn “We have lost a great son of India who dedicated his entire life for the welfare of the motherland and its people #PresidentMukherjee”
Kiran Bedi @thekiranbedi “Dr Kalam was a learner all his life. He breathed his last learning..and inspiring. A rare life who served in a rare way from a rare place.”
Rajdeep Sardesai @sardesairajdeep “Dr Kalam lived by the song 18 till I die.. Forever young in thought and action.. RIP.”
Rajnath Singh @ bjprajnathsingh “Deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APAJ Abdul Kalam. He was an inspiration to an entire generation. 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.”
Shahi Tharoor @ShahiTharoor “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.”
Salman Khan @BeingSalmanKhan “When ur heart says you should meet someone, don't delay. i always wanted to meet Kalam saab and i should have made the effort . my loss .”
Shah Rukh Khan @iamsrk "So sad to hear about the Gurdaspur terror attack & now the news of Dr. Kalam's demise. May Allah bring peace upon all."
Amitabh Bachchan @SrBachchan “T 1943 - A brilliant mind, a child like demeanour, simple caring and loved by all .. ex POI passes away .. PRAYERS.”
Priyanka Chopra @priyankachopra “They say Good & Great r seldom in the same man. Dr Kalam was the epitome of both.A big loss for India. May his beautiful soul Rest in Peace.”