Sudden demise of Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has left the nation in utter grief.
From Hindu to Muslim to Sikh to Christian, from NDA to UPA, from Film Stars to Sports persons, from students to veterans, everyone is in a state of shock and denial that Kalam Sir is no more. In a sense, his passing has united the nation, inarguably a power of a great and virtuous man.
In conversation with his aide Srijan Pal Singh, he once said..
“One is blessed if one can die working, standing tall without any long-drawn ailing. Goodbyes should be short, really short”. As said, he stood true to his words. Seems everything was planned and in his perfect control.
A Man, Made In India
Born in a humble family, Kalam Sir proved a thousand times; how a man, made in India (his complete education happened in India) can make cutting edge technology, made in India.
He spearheaded and successfully executed various world-class defence technology projects and the success of India’s missile program made him popular as, the “Missile Man of India” in every household.
In 2002, he became the India’s first President who was a “scientist” and bachelor. This president was popular not for his chivalry but for his humble nature and willingness to talk with people, specially students. Kalam Sir always inspired students to dream and dream bigger for the good of India. Nobody knew better than him, that without the involvement of properly educated youth, it’s impossible to solve the problem of corruption, education and health among others and make India the next superpower. His “Vision 2020” was the proof of his farsighted vision.
He always wanted to be remembered not as a top notch scientist or a former President of India, but as a “good teacher”.
In an interview he said..
“Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre and future of an individual…youth have a dream and also they have a pain. The pain comes out of their dream; they want to live in a prosperous, happy and peaceful India. This type of student’s environment ignites me and leads me to interact with young minds.”
He was a man who was completely dedicated to India and was busy imparting knowledge to students till his last breath. Even politicians across party lines took his criticism constructively, he was such a man of repute.
Kalam Sir has left his mortal remains but his legacy will stay immortal with coming generations.
Now, he has become the brightest star in sky, who will be watching us and will guide us with his light, whenever it’s dark.
Work hard for the nation, he would be very happy to see.