Former President APJ Abdul Kalam passes away:
The 84-year-old president breathed his last at 6:40 PM following a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. Kalam, who loved to interact with students and encourage them to work for the country, passed away while interacting to students.
He was rushed to the Bethani Hospital. After putting in their best efforts, doctors could not revive his heart beat. He was later declared brought dead.
Chief Secretary PBO Warjiri told reporters outside the hospital that he had spoken to Union Home Secretary LC Goyal asking for necessary arrangements to be made for carrying Kalam’s body from Guwahati to Delhi tomorrow morning, as per PTI.
A seven-day national mourning will be declared by the Centre, Union Home Secretary L C Goyal said. Both the Houses of Parliament are likely to make obituary references and adjourn as a mark of respect to his memory.
Born on October 15 1931 in Rameswaram, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam made his mark as one of India’s top space scientists before taking over as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007.
A bachelor, the former President was a veena player and was deeply interested in Carnatic music. He was vegetarian all his life.
Kalam was a recipient of India’s highest civilian honour Bhart Ratna.
10 life lessons we learned from Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Former President & eminent scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on Monday.Â Kalam collapsed during a speech at IIM Shillong and was immediately rushed to the nearby Bethany Hospital.
Here are some of Kalam”™sÂ inspirational sayings through which he will be remembered forever”¦
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true.”
“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.”
“My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.”
“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”
“Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.”
“Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.”
“Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow.”
“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.”
“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”
“You see, God helps only people who work hard. That principle is very clear.”