Ex-President of India, Bharat Ratna Abdul Kalam passed away on July 27th in Shillong. He collapsed whilst delivering a lecture on The Livable Planet Earth at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong. He was rushed to hospital but died 2 hours later.
He served as the 11th President of India from2002 to 2007. Affectionately known as the People’s President, his death has led to an outpouring of grief in India with tributes from all who knew him all over the world. He played a pivotal part in the development of India’s nuclear weapons’ program. He strongly advocated action to make India a ‘knowledge super power’ by 2020. His passing marks an irreparable loss for Indian everywhere.