Written by Lahiru Fernando
30 Jul, 2015 | 11:04 pm
In a spontaneous outpouring of grief, thousands of people bid an emotional farewell to former President APJ Abdul Kalam who was laid to rest with full state honors in his home town here amid chants of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai”.
The body of Kalam was buried in the middle of a 1.5 acre plot land earmarked for the purpose at Peikarumbu here after being brought from his family mosque where special prayers were offered.
The “People’s President” was accorded full military honors, including gun salute and playing of the Last Post as the members of his family and local Jamath lowered his mortal remains into a trench as slogans of “Bharat Mata Ki Jai” rent the air. The funeral of the “Missile Man” was attended by a galaxy of leaders including Prime Minister Narendra Modi who placed a wreath, offered his final salute and stood in silence in front of Kalam’s body that was draped in national flag.
Much before he became “a people’s President” in 2002, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was already a national icon as the “Missile Man of India”, an inspiration to children and scientists around the world. He was awarded the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna in 1997 for his achievements in the field of science and engineering. In his ‘India 2020’, he advocated an action plan to develop India into a knowledge superpower and a developed nation by the year 2020.
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