Former President and India’s “Missile Man” APJ Abdul Kalam’s mortal remains were on Thursday laid to rest at Pei Karunbu burial ground near his home town Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.
Dr. Kalam, affectionately known as “People’s President”, was buried with full state honours. A 21-gun salute was accorded to the former president during the funeral.
At the Pei Karunbu ground, Prime Minister Narendra Modi saluted Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s body which was wrapped in the Indian Tricolor, before the last rites. The PM then walked around Dr. Kalam’s body hands folded.
Senior leaders, state chief ministers, union ministers and other political leaders like Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi attended the last rites.
Thousands of people came from all over the country to pay their last respects to the much loved President APJ Abdul Kalam. People came from buses, trains and boats. Some even walked down the highway previous night into Rameswaram.
Kalam passed away on Monday in Shillong after suffering a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to students at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM). His deathe witnessed a huge outpouring of grief across the nation. In Delhi, thousands waited for hours to pay their last respects to him. Long queues were also witnessed in Remeswaram, where his body was brought on
On the request of kalam’s family, the government decided to hold his funeral at his native place Rameswaram will full state honours. His body was on Wednesday flown by a special IAF aircraft to madurai, where it was received by Taml Nadu Governor K Rosaiah. From Madurai it was taken to Mandapam, where state ministers, members of armed forces and others paid their last respects to the departed leader.
Kalam was born in Rameswaram on 15 October 1931 in a poor family. As a boy, he hawked newspapers to supplement his family income. For his education, his sister pawned jewellery with a moneylender so that kalam could have Rs 600, which he needed while joining the Madras Institute of Technology.
Dr. Kalam played a pivotal role in the Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan and India’s highest civilian honour – the Bharat Ratna- for his achievements.