SHILLONG: Meghalaya Chief Minister Dr Mukul Sangma on Wednesday observed that an annual programme to commemorate the death of the People’s President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam is needed as a refreshed reminder of Kalam’s rich values and visions.
“His (Kalam) teachings, his inspirations and his visions are to be followed and absorbed by every one, especially the young people and I feel that a programme should be held every year to commemorate his life and death,” Dr Sangma said.
Dr Sangma was addressing a hall-packed auditorium at State Central Library during a condolence meet organized by the Meghalaya government today to pay homage to the former president of India, Late Dr APJ Abdul Kalam also known as the ‘Missile Man of India.’
Referring to Dr Kalam as one of the most loved, a People’s President, a great teacher, a great rocket scientist, Dr Sangma said, “I also look at him as one of the greatest nationalists ever born, a great thinker and a philosopher.”
He is God fearing person and his closeness to God made him look at the nation from a different angle, the chief minister said adding, “He felt with the people of the nation which is why he understood the most important section of the society and they are the youth, the children and he did not fall short in demonstrating his love for the people.”
“His last visit to the state and the fact that he breathed his last while being with the people he love gives us opportunity to connect to his ideals,” Dr Sangma said adding “Taking cue from this, we in our capacity, in our humble way can actually do our part in a manner that he has demonstrated.”
“A humble soul, an extraordinary human being, Dr Kalam will forever remains in our hearts,” a young student from Lady Keane College said adding that his love for the people irrespective of their caste, class, creed and religion is highly respected by everyone.
The gathering was addressed by students from different schools and colleges who had shared memorable experiences with the former president. “He is a humble and down to earth human being and it would be hard for anyone not to love him,” another student of BK Bajoria said adding, “Let us celebrate his life and his greatness.”
The gathering witnessed participation of students from all schools and colleges all over the capital city besides dignitaries from various government departments.