Letters to the editor
From humble origins in the fisherfolk community to being India’s most celebrated rocket scientist and eventually becoming the country’s president, APJ Abdul Kalam’s life was the stuff legends are made of. The former president of India, till his last breath, encouraged young minds to reach for the stars and dream big. Kalam is the only Indian personality after Jawaharlal Nehru who commands the respect of people of all ages and from all walks of life. Choosing a life of celibacy to dedicate himself to Indian space research, Missile Man was a man of many parts: recipient of country’s highest civilian honour, book-lover, spiritualist, seeker of children’s company, a true believer in giving back to society, and the one who embodied the Gandhian ideals of simple living and high thinking.
R Prabhu Raj, Bengaluru
Missing the Missile Man
I have to borrow the immortal lines spoken by Mark Antony in Shaespeare’s Julius Caesar, in paying his tribute to ‘the noblest Roman of them all’. It sums up the selfless and glorious life of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, who was both the Missile Man and the People’s President.
“His life was gentle; and the elements
So mixed in him, that Nature might stand up,
And say to all the world,
This was a man!”
RIP, Dr Kalam!
Tharcius S Fernando, Chennai