Udupi: Bishop Gerald Isaac Lobo condoles Kalam’s Death

Udupi: Dr Gerald Isaac Lobo Bishop of Udupi Diocese on Tuesday July 28 condoled the death of Former President APJ Abdul Bishop Gerald Lobo_58398Kalam.
In an official press release issued by bishop’s House Bishop stated that having brought up in poor family, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam’s dedication led him to become a global leader in building India. His sudden demise has saddened us.
Dr Kalam’s vision for developing India has influenced young minds. He devoted his retirement life to educate the youth. He was an exemplary leader who served as the President of India, his simplicity and devotion towards work is commendable. He lived up to the expectations of the people and remained transparent until he breathed his last.
He may be a Muslim by religion but adored all faiths. He has lived a humanitarian life. Let Dr Kalam’s inspiration lead us, long live Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.


  1. Dr. Abdul Kalam was a high ranking personality of Indian origin; a world citizen-genius with extreme humility, born poor and never forgotten those days of suffering and connected with them in the glorious days, that shows his greatness. India and the world lost a great soul.

    While he worked in Trivandrum for 21 years, he used to eat from a restaurant named “Sree Guruvarappa hotel”. (That name is a very well known Hindu Temple in Kerala). When Dr. Abdul Kalam became the President, the owner of the
    restaurant showed interest to meet him, and when Dr. Abdul Kalam came to Cochin, the District collector contacted
    the owners and they were taken by the State car to Cochin to meet the President. When Dr. Kalam met them said in
    Tamil ” Guruvayurappan is in Cochin too”. Dr. Kalam met them many other times. Dr. Kalam was greatly helped by the Catholic Church in the days of his education, so he had a special love for the Catholic Church and the Christians,
    he loved the Hindus; so he was a great peace-maker and the young generation will have learn a lot from him.

    President Richard Nixon said ” the greatness of a person depends upon his meekness”. Dr. Abdul Kalam was a true example of greatness and love for humanity. We lost a very great asset of the world.

    • Mr. A.S. Mathew,

      I have great admiration for Dr. Abdul Kalam. He was extremely intelligent, very humble and down-to-earth considering his stature, secular, had read holy books of more than one religion and even when he was in the Rashtrapati Bhawan, he ate dal, bhat, roti and vegetable for his meals. He was the best and most popular President and I do not think anyone can find any fault with him, except for Dr. Abdul Qadar, the ex-Pakistani nuclear head, who termed Dr. Kalam as an ordinary scientist. Dr. Kalam was a man of integrity, honesty, transparency and candidness and, unlike Dr. Abdul Kadar, did not sell nuclear secrets to Stalinist North Koreea and other countries.

      Nelson Lewis

  2. Dear Mr. Nelson Lewis:

    You are very correct. Dr. Abudl Kalam was loved and respected by all religious people and all political parties because of his greatness in all level. India and the world lost a great personality.

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