Union Ministers Venkaiah Naidu and Manohar Parrikar unveiled a life-size statue of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram on his first death anniversary on Wednesday. The statue was unveiled at Peikarumbu, his burial site in Rameswaram Island. The Ministry of Defence has planned a host of events on the former president’s death anniversary.
The inauguration of an exhibition named “Mission of Life” depicting the life of Kalam and his achievements towards nation building will also take place later in the day.
Dr Kalam passed away last year while delivering a lecture at the IIM-Shillong in Meghalaya due to cardiac arrest. A lecture series has been organised by IIM-Shillong.
Institute director Amitabha De said, “Dr Kalam’s legacy is to make the planet more livable, not only for the present, but for future generations as well. To pay our respects to the legend, we would name the auditorium in our new campus after the former president with a life-size statue of him to be placed outside it.”
In 1997, Kalam was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.