Delhi government has decided to bring back the possessions of former President APJ Abdul Kalam back to Delhi.
Announcing this, Delhi government’s minister for tourism, art and culture, Kapil Mishra, said that ‘as per the family’s request, the Delhi government is ready to bring back all of Dr.Kalam’s books and possessions that were sent away from his 10, Rajaji Marg residence in Delhi.’
He said that this will first begin by ‘an exhibition at Delhi Haat’ near INA market with a creative presentation of his memories and heritage.
Mishra said, “This will be a temporary home for the public to visit one of the country’s most loveable Presidents. In the next few months, we will help set up the Research and Knowledge Center that Dr. Kalam would have truly loved to be his resting place, in the hearts and minds of people.”
Mishra added that President Kalam’s residence ‘should have been converted into a Knowledge Centre’ in what he said a loving memory of the legend.
He said, “His memorial should be in Delhi as well as in Rameshwaram because Dr. Kalam belongs to all of us. This is what the Delhi government had been urging all through.”
“On behalf of the Delhi Government, I consider it a huge privilege to announce that based on Dr Kalam’s family’s consent letter to the Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal dated November 11, 2015, we have decided bring Dr. Kalam’s legacy, books and possessions to New Delhi,” he said.
Delhi government’s decision follows the requests made by former President Dr Kalam’s elder brother, who had written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal requesting him to set up a Kalam National Centre for Knowledge Discovery.
On Monday, Dr Kalam’s nephew had quit the BJP after the party rejected his demands for converting Dr Kalam’s bungalow into a memorial for the late President.