Abdul Kalam is a Arabic name meaning, slave of speech. Kalam is from the root word of ‘kallam’ which means ‘say or speak’ which is popularly referred to the words of Allah, the Quran. True to his name his speeches or advises or lectures are always thoughtful, innovating, inspiring, important, relevant and much needed. His wisdom of knowledge coupled with versatile experiences in life made him a precious human asset for India.
He present his thought and ideas by touching the emotional chords of listeners, be it to intellectuals or school children is a unique quality. He is not an idealist, but idea generator by igniting the inquisitive minds of listeners with his wisdom of sparks. The listeners either they are European Parliamentarians or assembly of world leaders, he spell bound them with his idea of world that is nothing but the grandeur of blossoming peace and prosperity. When asked once, what will you send with the missiles, he answered that he wants to send ‘bouquet of flowers’. We lost him and certainly it is irreparable and he could never be irreplaceable.
He is a great inspirer and believer in God and His manifestations. The relationship with God is most personal and not for demonstrating to the world. He saw the God through his knowledge, experience, work, profession, service to nation, friendship, human relationship and an active life that is certainly beyond his age and health conditions. He is an example of ‘life to live and serve, not to relax and spent time in penance’. His understanding of world and the Creator may be different than many orthodox believers of God, especially a section of Muslims, but I believe that he surrendered everything to God including his life and that is what God expect the human being to oblige.
As a rocket scientist, he put our nation on the elect club of few countries and today’s success in reaching Mars has his own imprints. When most of great scientific minds were left our country for better income and research facilities, our missile man carried the missile parts on bicycle in Vikram Sarabhai Space Station, Trivandrum, Kerala. He along with other scientists worked on available fund to build a world class space launching facilities and command centers. The nation reciprocated and made him the president of country and one must appreciate Mr. AB Vajpayee for the right noble initiative during his period as PM.
As a president of the nation, he shows the importance of honesty and simplicity in life. When everything is under his command as the first citizen of India, he acted and lived as the first servant of the country; a quality is unseen in today’s leaderships. There was an attempt made to invite him for Hajj when he was the president and promptly refused saying that he want to come as a normal human being, not as president. His brother performed Hajj not on state expenses is another example of his practicing honesty and simplicity in life. He could have been continued in second term as president if the national leaders have put aside the insanity political doldrums. Perhaps that could have been the design of God and blessings to millions of youngsters in college and schools. He happily left the presidential palace and duly found a larger place in people hearts and minds.
He travel around the country and met thousands of students and youngsters and inspired them until his death in IIM Shillong while giving lecture to the students.
While Mahathma Ghandhiji is remain our People’s Leader, certainly our APJ Abdul Kalam is our People’s President. He lives in our hearts and minds forever. May God bless you Sir.