Saturday, August 15, 2015

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam - the former president who owned almost nothing.

 Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen "A. P. J." Abdul Kalam
(15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) 

Former president of India, APJ Abdul Kalam has left an indelible, permanent mark on the hearts and minds of Indians, especially the youth, in a manner few other public figures have in recent memory.

Kalam (prononced Kalaam) lived a simple, frugal life. According to the news media, Kalam’s only properties were his books and 64 crore youths in the country.

In material terms, the "People's President", owned very little; his 2,400 books, a wristwatch, six shirts, four trousers, three suits, and a pair of shoes.

Kalam did not own any property, fridge, TV or car.

He spent more than five decades in public service; including one term as the president of the Indian Republic. He neither died in poverty, nor did he live a life of luxury. He survived on the royalty that he received from his books - and his pension. He once had a property in Bengaluru, but he disposed it off for a charitable cause

The day he visited Shillong to address students of Indian Institute of Management, he had some discomfort while climbing the stairs, but still he went ahead after taking a brief rest. While delivering the lecture, Kalam collapsed and died.

He was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned reluctant politician. After serving a term of five years, he returned to his civilian life of education, writing and public service. He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India's highest civilian honor. 

             2.  A salute to APJ Abdul Kalam Azad 

He is a national hero, who is able to be respected by every Indian all over world. We are proud that we have got such a personality whose whole life is an inspirational source. After the death of this great personality, his property was counted and you will be shocked after seeing the amount of the property owned by a great and popular leader who also held the highest position in the government of India.

Property of APJ Abdul Kalam Azad

6 trousers (2 Uniform) 
4 Shirts (2 Uniform) 
3 Suits (1 western and 2 traditional) 
2400 Books 
An Apartment where he lived till death and it was mentioned in his will to be donated to the social welfare after his death.

 Padma Shree
 Padma Bhushan 
Bharat Ratan (The highest civil award of India) 
16 Doctorate degrees

No luxurious items like TV, AC, Car Jewelry, Shares, Fixed property 
No Bank balance 
Left over pension for eight years was also donated to his village council.   

        Source: News Media of India

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