India’s former President APJ Abdul Kalam died on Monday evening at a hospital in Meghalaya where he had gone to deliver y lecture at IIM, he was 83 when he passed away. He was the 11th president of India, Holding the president’s office from 2002 till 2007. He collapsed while delivering the lecture at IIM Shillong at around 6.30pm and was immediately shifted to the hospital but doctors could not manage to revive him from this massive cardiac arrest.
[su_video url=”http://www.ndtv.com/video/player/news/former-president-apj-abdul-kalam-dies-at-83/376648?#t=10″ title=”APJ ABDUL KALAM DEAD AT 83 “]
“President Kalam was brought to the hospital at 7 pm. When he brought in there was no sign of life. He was taken to ICU to try and revive him, which was futile,” hospital sources told the media. The government will declare the 7 day national mourning, reported PTI.
Tomorrow has been declared the public holiday on account of death of former president of India. All the offices government as well as private will remain closed and there will be no school and collage tomorrow.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted:
India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful President & above all an inspiring individual. RIP Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 27, 2015
Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted, “Deeply saddened at the sudden demise of the former president of India Dr. APJ 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
— Rajnath Singh (@BJPRajnathSingh) July 27, 2015
About APJ Kalam
Known as the Missile Man of India, Dr Kalam had played a pivotal role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998. One of the most loved Presidents, he was also known as the People’s President. While in his 70s, he was nominated for the MTV Youth Icon of the Year award in 2003 and in 2006. For his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna. Dr Kalam was born in Rameswaram on October 15, 1931, to a poor family. His father was a boatman.
A bright student, his interest in flying led to a degree in aeronautical engineering, and eventually to supervising the development of India’s guided missile programme. He was also the author of 10 books. His autobiography, Wings of Fire, written in 1999, had been a best seller.
Dr Kalam’s last tweet, posted in the morning, read:
Going to Shillong.. to take course on Livable Planet earth at iim. With @srijanpalsingh and Sharma.
— APJ Abdul Kalam (@APJAbdulKalam) July 27, 2015
News Source: NDTV / PTI
Edited by: Goa Prism News Desk