Delhi Chief Minister Mr, Arvind Kejriwal inaugurated a memorial of Dr, Abdul Kalam Azad and promised to further develop it into a ‘knowledge centre’. The memorial is built inside the premises of Delhi Haat and houses the belongings of Dr. Kalam like books and photographs.
Dr. Kalam was known as a ‘Missile Man’ and his memorial is likely to inspire millions and the next generation. “However, there was an apprehension regarding what form and shape it would take. We will make it bigger. We are planning to convert it into a research centre,” said the Chief Minister.
There was a petition initiated by a senior journalist Mr. R Bhagwan Singh on change.org that gathered 33,000 signatures after its launch on October 27 after Dr. Kalam’s residence was allotted to Union Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.
The man who was known to be the president of the masses passed away on July 27th, 2015. The political fraternity however was seen to shy away from celebrating the first death anniversary of Dr, Kalam as compared to the proactive ordinary people. The lack of editorials and public meetings was followed by formal statements by The Prime Minister and a big announcement of the foundation-laying ceremony of Kalam National Memorial was the way the current government remembered Dr. Kalam.
TJS Jorge talks about the first death anniversary of the people’s president in his coloumn in New India Express. He talks about the attitude toward largely celebrated Prime Ministers of India and how they brought change in their own ways.
The Defence Minister Mr. Monohar Parikar released 3 books on July 29, 2016. The books were, ‘Dr, Kalam – Prerna Ki Udaan’ in Hindi; ‘Do You Know APJ ABdul Kalam’ in English and Preena Nu Zarnu – Dr. Abdul Kalam in Gujarati. These books have been written by Dr. Unnat Pandit as a tribute to the 11th president of India. Mr. Parikar further added that the scientific views, nationalistic and spiritual thoughts of Dr. Kalam will continue to motivate and inspire young India.