Former President APJ Abdul Kalam Passes Away In Shillong

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam Passes Away In Shillong

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Former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam has passed away on Monday evening. He was hospitalised after he collapsed following a heart attack, at the IIM Shillong campus. He was reportedly critical and has been admitted in the Bethany hospital in Shillong.

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The former President, 83, collapsed during a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong at around 6.30pm. Kalam was rushed to a hospital, M. Kharkrang, superintendent of police, Khasi Hills, said.
Meghalaya Governor V Shanmughanathan and Chief Secretary P B O Warjri visited Bethany hospital where Kalam was admitted. Warjiri told reporters outside the hospital that he had spoken to Union Home Secretary L.C. Goyal asking for necessary arrangements to be made for carrying Kalam’s body from Guwahati to Delhi Tuesday morning.
A devout Muslim and son of a boatowner, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, who assumed office as the 11th President on July 18, 2002, was seen as a figurehead who could help heal some of the scars of the communal riots which broke out in Gujarat just a few months before.
The country’s first bachelor President, Kalam, whose flowing grey hair is seen as being at odds with what Indians thought a president ought to look like, was one amongst the most respected people of the country who contributed immensely both as a scientist and as a president.