Nation bids farewell to former President APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram

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The mortal remains of former President and Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday, were buried with full state honours at a public ground in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram town, where he was born, on Thursday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted Dr. Kalam’s body which was wrapped in the Indian tricolour, before the last rites at the Pei Karumbu ground. The PM then walked around Dr. Kalam’s mortal remains with hands folded.

A host of other dignitaries including Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi and chief ministers of some states attended the last rites that began at 11 am after ‘Namaz-e-Janaza’.

Dr. Kalam’s body was taken from his house around 9:30 am to the mosque by the personnel of three services with the casket covered with traditional green shawl. Dr. Kalam’s family, including his 99-year-old brother, Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker accompanied his body.

At the venue, thousands of people came from all over the country to pay respects to the People’s President. People had walked down the highway into Rameswaram and came in buses, trains and even boats. Some slept on the roads last night.

Pictures even emerged of people climbing trees near the venue in order to observe the last rites ceremony.

There were slogans of ‘Bharat Mata ki Jai’ and people waved the national tricolour as Dr. Kalam’s body was taken in a carriage covered with flowers to the burial site.

Dr. Kalam, who is fondly remembered as the ‘Missile Man of India’ was one of India’s and world’s most respected nuclear scientists. He had passed away aged 83 on Monday evening after collapsing while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong.

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  1. MY LAST TRIBUTE FOR A COMMON MAN, OUR LATE BELOVED FORMER PRESIDENT ALONG WITH SOME RELEVANT QUESTIONS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE WIND IS HEAVY FULL OF SIGH ………………
    O, HARSH TRUTH, PLEASE BE LIE ……………………..

    FRIENDS,
    THE PEOPLE’S PRESIDENT DR. APJ ABDUL KALAM, THE MISSILE MAN, WHO DREAMT ABOUT REPUBLIC INDIA IN TRUE SENSE AND OPENED THE COLONIAL CONCEPT OF THE CONSCIOUS PRESIDENT’S PALACE FOR THE COMMON MAN AND THE GARDENS TO THE CHILDREN, WHO WAS A GREAT INDIAN WITH A VISION OF PROSPEROUS INDIA 2020 AND THROUGHOUT HIS LIFE BY HIS EMINENCE WISDOM AND KNOWLEDGE WANTED TO BOOST THE YOUTHS OF THE WORLD IS NOT WITH US ANY MORE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    THE AAM AADMI ADORE ALL THE PEOPLE HAVING VISION FOR OUR MOTHERLAND LIKE DR AMARTYA SEN, THE LIVING LEGEND AND DR ABDUL KALAM WHO LEFT US ALL ALONONE !!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DR. KALAM HAD ENTERED THE RAJ BHAVAN AS THE PRESIDENT OF INDIA WITH HIS TWO SUITCASES CONTAINING SOME DAY TO DAY HOUSEHOLD GOODS, CLOTHINGS FOR DAILY USE AND LOT OF BOOKS IN IT ………..

    WHEN HE LEFT RAJ BHAVAN, HE HAD THAT SAME TWO SUITCASES WITH HIM AND NOTHING MORE …………………..

    NOW OUR MOST BELOVED MISSILE MAN LEFT US ALONE OUT OF OUR ORBIT LEAVING BEHIND HIS MERE BELONGINGS OF IMMENSE KNOWLEDGE WHICH WILL PAVE OUR WAY AHEAD ………………

    TO THE BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE DR KALAM HAD MADE HIS LAST OFFICIAL VISIT TO A STATE GOVERNMENT WAS DELHI, WHERE HE HAD APPRECIATED AAP GOVERNMENT ………

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    I WONDER, WHY THE TV CHANNELS NEVER UTTERED A GLIMPSE OF IT AND WHY NOTHING WAS SHOWN WHAT HE HAD SHARED AT GUWAHATI ON 27th MORNING AND PARTICULARLY WHAT HE WAS TELLING IN HIS LAST SPEECH WHEN HE COLLAPSED AT IIM SHILLONG AT 6;30 pm IN THE EVENING ???????

    WHY THE LAST HOURS OF OUR MOST BELOVED, FROM EARLY MORNING AT GAUHATI UP TO THE EVENING AT SHILLONG HAS BEEN CENSORED BY THE PMO ???????????????????????????????????????????????

    IS NOT MY QUESTION RELEVANT ??????

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