Mangaluru: A condolence meet for the departed soul of the former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was held at the Netravati hall, Zilla Panchayat here, on July 28.
The condolence meet began with observing one minute of silence. Speaking on the occasion, district minister in-charge Ramanath Rai said that Dr Abdul Kalam achieved his goal against all the odds. “It is extremely sad to know that Dr Kalam is no more. He was a great personality and gentleman, loved by all the people and known as the “people’s president”.” Explaining the contribution of Dr Kalam to the country and humanity, Rai said that Kalam loved students and had many thoughts on finding a solution for the energy requirements of the country. He concluded, saying, “May Dr Kalam’s soul rest in peace.”
Minister for Health and Family Welfare U T Khader speaking on the occasion said, “Even at the age of 83 years, Dr Abdul Kalam was teaching students about science and sharing his experience with the youth. He is a role model to the present youth. When we are born, we breathe but we have no name and when we die, we do not have breath but we gain name and fame. People remember us for what we do on this earth. If we do good, we will be loved by everyone. Our dear former president Dr Abdul Kalam was dear to everyone. He loved the students and he also shared his experience with others. We have lost a precious life on earth. Dr Kalam was known as the missile man of India and the people’s president. Dr Kalam played a pivotal role in the nuclear test in 1998. We will miss Dr Abdul Kalam dearly.”
MLA J R Lobo speaking on the occasion said, “We did not even thought in our dreams that Dr Abdul would die this soon. Even at the age of 83 years, he was very active and was sharing his experience in science with students. He is a role model to the students, youth and he is the best lecturer. His life is a model to every Indian. In his 5 years of tenure, he has gained the highest respect because the entire world respects him as he was very much concerned about the youth of the country. He lived his life with simplicity and humbleness. He was very close to the students. He taught us to inculcate the humanity within us. We need to practice all that he has taught us, especially the students. We have the strength to make our dream come true. Let Dr Abdul Kalam be the role model for all of us.”
Minister Abhaychandra Jain, DC Ibrahim and President of ZP Asha Thimmappa Gowda also spoke on the occasion. Later, a meeting was held on various development work at the ZP office.