Remembering our former president and a great man Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his 84th birth anniversary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced that a memorial will be made to honour him in his birthplace Rameswaram.
The Prime Minister exhorted the scientific community, especially the youngsters, to come up with innovations to ease the common man’s life, drawing inspiration from Kalam who had built great institutions from scratch.
Describing Kalam as a “Rashtra-Ratna” before being a “Rashtrapati”, Modi, who was speaking at a function organised by DRDO, said the former President always looked for “challenges” and his life is a source of inspiration for all Indians. He added that government has already acquired the land for the memorial and a committee of Ministers has been set up to discuss modalities in this regard. Urban Development Minister Venkaiah Naidu said Rameswaram would be converted into AMRUT (Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation scheme) city.
The Prime Minister added that “one must explore how we can encourage innovation in India”. Speaking about various sectors, Modi hoped that India can turn itself into one of the main hubs for cyber-security, which has become a global concern.
Describing Kalam, Modi said he had child-like qualities and always interacted with youngsters and inspired them. Earlier, the Prime Minister unveiled a bust of A P J Abdul Kalam at DRDO Bhavan. He inaugurated a photo exhibition titled ‘A Celebration of Dr Kalam’s Life’. The Prime Minister also released a commemorative postal stamp on Kalam.
Before becoming the President, Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was involved in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts, earning him the title of ‘Missile man’.
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