Will miss you, Dr Kalam!

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

By Srinivasan

(Chairman, Prime Point Foundation, Editor in Chief, PreSense, & 
President, Sansad Ratna Awards Committee)

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was the inspiration behind many of our groups like India Vision, Action 2020, Education Loan Task Force, etc.  When he was promoting positive journalism, we started our emagzine 'PreSense', which has recently released the prestigious 100th Edition.  We got the great honour of getting his Foreword.  PreSense is fully dedicated to positive journalism.

His motivation to 'Celebrate Success' got converted into 'Sansad Ratna Awards', to honour the top peforming Lok Sabha Members.  Recently, we completed the 6th Edition of Sansad Ratna Awards.  In his recent book titled ' A Manifesto for change', he devoted a full chapter on the Sansad Ratna Awards.
Always friendly, Dr Kalam with the then PM Vajpayee

I had opportunity to interact with him several times personally or over phone.  Every minute of the conversation used to be a great source of energy and inspiration.  Whenever, I introduced youngsters, he used to converse with child like enthusiasm.  In every issue of our ezine PreSense, we used to carry his inspiring quotes and speeches.

 On several occasions, I had recorded his podcast interview over telephone.  When I wanted to record his podcast interview in 2007 after his leaving Rashtrapathi Bhavan, he called me and interviewed me for nearly 20 minutes on the techniques of podcast, softwares used, upload format, etc.

Though he was the Celebrated Scientist and Missile Man of India, his enthusiasm to learn new things, which he did not know, was enormous.  His conversations used to be more friendly like a dialogue with a classmate.

I have interacted with him before his becoming the President, when holding the Office of President of India and after retiring from the office.  His simplicity remained the same.

In the earlier century Swami Vivekananda (1863-1902) and Mahatma Gandhi (1869-1948) galvanised the youth of those times.  In the current century Dr Abdul Kalam (1931-2015) energised the youth and students.  Though we will be missing Dr Kalam, we will continue to follow him to make India as a 'Developed Nation' by 2020.
'I met Dr Kalam to seek his blessings as I completed 60'

As a mark of respect to our mentor and leader Dr Abdul Kalam, we propose to organise a condolence meeting to pay homage to him on Saturday the 1st August 2015 at Dr MGR-Janaki Arts an Science College (Formerly known as Sathya Studio), RA Puram, Chennai at 3.30 PM.

Those who are living in and around Chennai may kindly participate.  This is being organised under the banner 'Admirers of Dr Abdul Kalam'.


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