Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s first death anniversary: He has left us and created a void that is irreplaceable, says PM Modi

By: | Updated: July 27, 2016 2:17 PM

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to late scientist and former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his first death anniversary.

The life-size bronze statue was unveiled by Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu who said that the former President lives in the minds of the people. (AP)The life-size bronze statue was unveiled by Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu who said that the former President lives in the minds of the people. (AP)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid tributes to late scientist and former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his first death anniversary. “Its been a year since our beloved Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam left us & created a void that is irreplaceable. My tributes to this great personality,” the Prime Minister tweeted. Kalam, who was also known as the “missile man” of India, passed away on July 27 last year. He had suffered a massive cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong. Earlier in the day, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s statue was unveiled at Peikarumbu in Rameswaram.

The life-size bronze statue was unveiled by Union Minister M Venkaiah Naidu who said that the former President lives in the minds of the people. “Dr. Kalam will live forever in our minds and hearts. His thoughts continue to be with us all the time… It is difficult still to believe that Dr. Kalam passed away and that this great man left all of us for his heavenly abode.” Naidu had also tweeted his tributes to Dr Kalam, saying, “…It is because for such people, death is yet another physical event of life. They continue 2 b with us all d time by d sheer power of their thoughts,ideas and their contributions 2 d motherland and humanity at large. Dr.Kalam will live forever in our minds and hearts.”

Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar and Naidu also laid the foundation stone for a national memorial for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Peikarumbu is Dr Kalam’s burial site in Rameswaram Island.

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To mark the first death anniversary of former president, the Ministry of Defence has also planned to host a number of events.

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