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A P J Abdul Kalam – The People’s President Of India Is No More! A Tribute

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Last updated on August 18, 2015

A P J Abdul Kalam People’s President Of India Is No More!

A P J Abdul Kalam, The Former President of India

While delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong on 27 July 2015, Dr.Kalam suffered a massive heart attack at around 6:30 p.m. 11791779_681100168657869_1175442859_n  IST. He was rushed to the Bethany Hospital in a critical condition, and subsequently died of cardiac arrest.

Due to the sudden demise of  Dr. Kalam, “People’s President” India Lost An Eminent Personality!

He was not just a President of India, He was a beloved President, commonly known as “People’s President”

  • A  Scientist
  • A Leader
  • A Philosopher
  • A Saint
  • A Musician
  • A Writer
  • A Philanthropist
  • A  Missile man
  • A Visionary
  • A Bharat Ratna
  • A far-sighted architect of India’s space and missile programs.
  • And undoubtedly a role model for all!

In short, he was a man who taught India to dream!

He was a wonderful and dedicated teacher till the very end!

Yes, he was a visionary and dreamer!

His departure is a great loss to the Nation of India, especially the children of India.

In this post, please read some of his messages he delivered at different intervals.

Also, please read a brief history of this wonderful personality HERE


This was his will or wish but…

” Don’t declare a holiday on my death, Instead, work an EXTRA DAY if you love me ”  —Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalaam.

But sad to note that all the educational Institutions India declared a holiday for the day against his wish!  As it is a practice in India to declare a holiday in such occasions!

Anyways, his contribution to the different fields will ever be remembered generation!

Here is a wonderful message this amazing person delivered a month ago!

Also,  please read  another post about this People’s President given at the bottom of this post.



Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam is not with us now… but what he did and said will be always be with us and with our children…!

Read one of his speech he delivered in a gathering recently.

Hats off to this amazing man!!!

We want people like him to be our leaders! But more importantly, citizens like him!

May his tribe increase!

For Philipscom

Philip Verghese Ariel



Dr. Abdul Kalam’s ‎Message to Every Indian  “Why are we so NEGATIVE?”


Why is the media here so negative?


Why are we in India so embarrassed to recognize our own strengths, our achievements?


We are such a Great NATION.


We have so many amazing success stories but we refuse to acknowledge them. Why?


We are the first in milk production.


We are number one in Remote sensing satellites.


We are the second largest producer of wheat.


We are the second largest producer of rice.


Look at Dr. Sudarshan , he has transferred the tribal village into a self-sustaining, self-driving unit..


There are millions of such achievements but our media is only obsessed in the bad news and failures and disasters.


I was in Tel Aviv once and I was reading the Israeli newspaper. It was the day after a lot of attacks and bombardments and deaths had taken place. The Hamas had struck. But the front page of the newspaper had the picture of a Jewish gentleman who in five years had transformed his desert into an orchid and a granary. It was this inspiring picture that everyone woke up to. The gory details of killings, bombardments, deaths, were inside in the newspaper, buried among other news.

In India we only read about death, sickness, terrorism, crime.

Why are we so NEGATIVE?

Another question: Why are we, as a nation so obsessed with foreign things?

We want foreign T.Vs,

We want foreign shirts.

We want foreign technology. Why this obsession with everything imported.

Do we not realize that self-respect comes with self-reliance?

I was in Hyderabad giving this lecture, when a 14 year old girl asked me for my autograph. I asked her what her goal in life is..

She replied: I want to live in a developed India.

For her, you and I will have to build this developed India.

You must proclaim.

India is not an underdeveloped nation;  it is a highly developed nation…

YOU say that our government is inefficient.

YOU say that our laws are too old.

YOU say that the municipality does not pick up the garbage.

Y OU say that the phones don’t work, the railways are a joke. The airline is the worst in the world, mails never reach their destination.

YOU say that our country has been fed to the dogs and is the absolute pits.

YOU say, say and say..

What do YOU do about it?

Take a person on his way to Singapore.

Give him a name – ‘YOURS’. Give him a face – ‘YOURS’. YOU walk out of the airport and you are at your International best.

In Singapore you don’t throw cigarette butts on the roads or eat in the stores.

YOU are as proud of their Underground links as they are.. You pay $5 (approx. Rs.. 60) to drive through Orchard Road (equivalent of Mahim Causeway or Pedder Road) between 5 PM and 8 PM.

YOU come back to the parking lot to punch your parking ticket if you have over stayed in a restaurant or a shopping mall irrespective of your status identity…

In Singapore you don’t say anything, DO YOU?

YOU wouldn’t dare to eat in public during Ramadan, in Dubai ..

YOU would not dare to go out without your head covered in Jeddah.

YOU would not dare to buy an employee of the telephone exchange in London at 10 pounds (Rs..650) a month to, ‘see to it that my STD and ISD calls are billed to someone else.

YOU would not dare to speed beyond 55 mph (88 km/h) in Washington and then tell the traffic cop, ‘Jaanta hai main kaun hoon (Do you know who I am?). I am so and so’s son. Take your two bucks and get lost.’

YOU wouldn’t chuck an empty coconut shell anywhere other than the garbage pail on the beaches in Australia and New Zealand ..

Why don’t YOU spit Paan on the streets of Tokyo?

Why don’t YOU use examination jockeys or buy fake certificates in Boston ???

We are still talking of the same YOU.

YOU who can respect and conform to a foreign system in other countries but cannot in your own.

YOU who will throw papers and cigarettes on the road the moment you touch Indian ground.

If you can be an involved and appreciative citizen in an alien country,

Why cannot you be the same here in India?

In America every dog owner has to clean up after his pet has done the job. Same in Japan …

Will the Indian citizen do that here?

We go to the polls to choose a government and after that forfeit all responsibility.

We sit back wanting to be pampered and expect the government to do everything for us whilst our contribution is totally negative.

We expect   the government to clean up, but we are not going to stop chucking garbage all over the place nor are we going to stop to pick a up a stray piece of paper and throw it in the bin.

We expect the railways to provide clean bathrooms,  but we are not going to learn the proper use of bathrooms.

We want Indian Airlines and Air India to provide the best of food and toiletries but we are not going to stop pilfering at the least opportunity.This applies even to the staff who is known not to pass on the service to the public.

When it comes to burning social issues like those related to women, dowry, girl child! and others what do we do?

We make loud drawing room protestations and continue to do the reverse at home.


‘It’s the whole system which has to change, how will it matter if I alone forego my sons’ rights to a dowry.’

So who’s going to change the system?

What does a system consist of?

Very conveniently for us it consists of our neighbors, other households, other cities, other communities and the government.

But definitely not ME & YOU.

When it comes to us actually makes a positive contribution to the system we lock ourselves along with our families into a safe cocoon and look into the distance at countries far away and wait for a Mr.CLEAN to come along & work miracles for us with a majestic sweep of his hand or we leave the country and run away like lazy cowards hounded by our fears we run to America to bask in their glory and praise their system. When New York becomes insecure we run to England. When England experiences unemployment, we take the next flight out to the Gulf. When the Gulf is war struck, we demand to be rescued and brought home by the Indian government.

Everybody is out to abuse and rape the country.

Nobody thinks of feeding the system.

Our conscience is mortgaged to money.

Dear Indians, The article is highly thought inductive, calls for a great deal of introspection and pricks one’s conscience too…..

I am echoing J. F. Kennedy’s words to his fellow Americans to relate to Indians…..’


Lets do what India needs from us.

Forward this letter to each Indian for a change instead of sending JUST JOKES.

Thank you …

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

A Hyderabad City Women College (Megha & Omega) Paying Respect To The Departed Soul.

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Picture by P V Ariel


Read a bit more about this wonderful personality! Here in this Post: Abdul Kalam An All-round Personality

Yet Another Message:  A Reminder To My Fellow Citizens 

And Read his life story HERE





United Nations Organization (U.N.O) declared

Dr.A.P.J. Abdul Kalam‘s Birthday October 15th,

 as the


It’s really a great honor given to an Indian Personality.  





APJ Abdul Kalam – Combination of Dignity, Humanity, and Intellect



With the demise of Dr. Kalam, many inspiring messages have been circulated on his life and accomplishments. Dr. Kalam does deserve all these tributes but did you know that in the background of this great scientist and leader is a small school where Dr. Kalam did not just get education but self confidence? The Schwartz High School, Ramanathapuram where Dr. Kalam studied is one of the oldest schools in India and the first school in India where English was the medium of instruction. The school was founded by Rev. Schwartz, a missionary to South India often called the Apostle to South India. Rev. Billing, another missionary who developed the school immensely established the Billings Hostel, where Dr. Kalam stayed and pursued his education. In Dr. Kalam’s words, ‘By the time i completed my education at Schwartz, i was a self confident boy, determined to succeed.’ (taken from wings of fire). The toils of missionaries like Rev. Schwartz and Rev. Billing are responsible for the makings of one of India’s most loved and admired personality. It is a mission school which sparked off Dr. Kalam’s dreams!!

Courtesy: Linson John, Ahmedabad




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  1. Hi Atish,
    Thanks Atish for the quick response to my note!
    I just finished reading your post. You did a better job,
    i appreciate you for the wonderful tribute you brought out on this great personality!
    I liked the way you present the whole picture of this great visionary.
    Indeed, he was a one of its kind a rare personality among thousands,
    His story from his childhood you brought out in your post,
    Thank you so much for bringing out such an elegant tribute to a great person!
    The sad part is that many of your leaders brought out tributes and statements
    about this stalwart but how many of them are following a bit of his lifestyle is
    still a big question! Indeed, he was a role model to many!
    He left out many good foot prints to emulate.
    I am sure our young generation can pick a lot of lessons from this great personality
    May his tribe increase.
    Thanks again for bringing out such a great tribute to Dr. Kalam
    Keep sharing
    Have a great time of blogging and sharing ahead
    Best Regards
    ~ Philip
    Philip Verghese ‘Ariel’ recently posted…A P J Abdul Kalam – The People’s President Of India Is No More! A TributeMy Profile

    July 29, 2015
  2. Great men are remembered for what they have done. This is so with P.J. Abdul Kalam – the People’s President. He has answered the ‘ultimate call’ and moved on. Its left for us – the living – to learn from his virtues and vices.

    India is going to miss him even as the children of India still miss Gandhi and Mother Theresa.

    Dr.Kalam has left a footprint in the sands of time and we can only work Extra Day as he advised to become better persons.
    May his soul rest in eternal peace!
    I left this post in as well
    Sunday recently posted…A P J Abdul Kalam – The People’s President Of India Is No More! A TributeMy Profile

    July 29, 2015
    • Hi Sunny,

      Thank you so much for the valuable insight into this post.
      There are so many great men come and gone before our eyes, but even among them few are really will stay in our mind for almost a lifetime, one among them is no doubt Dr. Kalam’s name will come. He was indeed a great man to be remembered. Though he was the first citizen of India, he lived among people, and known as a people’s president. His innovations in the field of science are remarkable! The Nation has lost a great son and a wonderful dreamer and visionary. Yes, his wish was really great, but sadly we could not even fulfill that! So sad! That is what we are and the difference between us and such persons.

      Thank again Sunny for the comment here as well as at

      Have a good day

      ~ Phil
      Philip Verghese ‘Ariel’ recently posted…A P J Abdul Kalam – The People’s President Of India Is No More! A TributeMy Profile

      July 29, 2015
  3. Hi Philip, Let me first say I am truly sorry for your loss. Your have truly lost and inspiring and encouraging leader. I loved his message of change begins with you. Thanks so much for sharing.

    July 30, 2015
  4. Hi Philip,
    Nice you did write about this great man.
    I like his quotes very much and some are really amazing and fit right what I think and like .

    “My message, especially to young people is to have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel the unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and to conquer the problems and succeed. These are great qualities that they must work towards. This is my message to the young people.”

    This one I like very much and I see a big potential in the Indian young people .
    I hope they listen and take his advice .
    May he be in peace.
    Thank you

    July 30, 2015
  5. Hi Philip,

    I had no idea of this great man until I read Atish’s blog a day ago. Since then, I have been looking up so much about him. A great man Indeed. Thank you so much for enhancing my knowledge also. This man deserves so much recognition especially here in the U.S.

    Maybe it’s me, not paying enough attention to all the negativity the media is always chatting, but since I started reading about him, I only wish all world leaders were like him.

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    July 31, 2015
  6. Nisha Pandey
    Nisha Pandey

    Hi Philip,

    Yes, we lost an eminent personality who always thought for the fellow beings!

    His life was an exemplary one to emulate. Our new generation can pick up many lessons from the life of this great person. His message “Why are we so NEGATIVE?” is really an eye opener to all Indians. A well thought out message. Thanks for sharing this informative post.

    Our Salute to this great man! Thanks for the awesome post.

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    August 1, 2015
  7. Vikash Kumar
    Vikash Kumar

    Hi Philip Verghese ‘Ariel’ sir,
    APJ Abdul Kalam Sir was my Ideal person, he is, and he will be forever.
    The life of Kalam sir, is a milestone for students like us.
    They have lack of money, but even then they did not lose their hope and became India’s No. 1 scientist.
    The words are not enough, if we start talking about Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam Sir.
    In short, I would like to say that we have lost a great son of the Indian mother land.
    We will miss him..
    Jai Hind..

    – Vikas

    August 2, 2015
  8. Ann P V
    Ann P V

    Hi PV,
    Indeed we miss a talented person.
    No doubt it’s a great lose to the nation as well as the children.
    Indeed our kids will really miss his presence. After reading this post I straight way went to Atish’s page wherein he mentioned almost everything about this eminent person in nutshell. Thanks for giving us Atish’s link.
    Nice to be here again. :-)
    Keep sharing
    Have a good day
    ~ Ann

    August 4, 2015
  9. Ann P V
    Ann P V

    Hi PV,
    Indeed we miss a talented person.
    No doubt it’s a great lose to the nation as well as the children.
    Indeed our kids will really miss his presence. After reading this post I straight way went to Atish’s page wherein he mentioned almost everything about this eminent person in nutshell. Thanks for giving us Atish’s link.
    Nice to be here again. :-)
    Keep sharing
    Have a good day
    ~ Ann
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    August 4, 2015
  10. Pritam Datta
    Pritam Datta


    It’s an amazing list of Abdul Kalam’s ‪‎Message to Every Indian.
    It’s been 1 year we lost APJ Sir. He is the real hero of India.
    I love and respect him from my soul.
    Thank you, Sir, for sharing this amazing message for all of us. :)
    ~ Pritam

    July 30, 2016

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