Ex-president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam meets 97-year-old fan in Coimbatore

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Coimbatore, July 22: The former president APJ Abdul Kalam has been one of the best presidents, India ever had.

Also known as a "Missile Man", Dr Kalam is not only a strong political personality, but he has a unique aura that instantly connects him with the common people, may be his humble beginnings are behind his grounded nature.

Recently, Dr Kalam, showed his kind heartedness when he met and shook hands with a 97-year-old woman, during his visit to Coimbatore.

According to TNIE report, C Visalakshi, Tamil Nadu's first lady Chief Educational Officer, sent an email to Dr Kalam's office on July 3 with the help of her great-granddaughter Architha Srinivasan.

"It gives me great pride to know that in my lifetime, I was a citizen of a country whose President was as great a personality as you, especially since you reached great heights from humble beginnings," she mentioned in the email.

"I was privileged to have worked with some of the greatest minds including Kamaraj and Periyar. During your Presidency, I observed a period of revolution. You have taken the time to reach out to young minds and provide the spark that lit the fire that we see in the youth today. To me, it would be a great privilege if I could meet you during your visit to Coimbatore this month," she further wrote.

Her grand daughter Dr Anuvalentina said that her grand mother's wish of meeting Dr Kalam was dashed in 2008 and 2011 due to heavy security around him, but she never gave up her hope.

This time, Visalakshi was lucky to meet Dr Kalam as she had already sent a mail requesting to meet him.

On July 12, her wish was granted by the God as she managed to meet Dr Kalam, at the Circuit House in Coimbatore.

Anuvalentina said, "Dr Kalam came out of his room and meet her near the lift as she could not walk any further even with the walker. She was struggling to breathe when Dr Kalam shook hands with her."

The elated Visalakshi was quoted as saying, "I feel honoured to have met such a great man. I blessed him."

82-year-old Dr Kalam, who served as the 11th president of India from 2002 to 2007, is known for inspiring the youth and laying special stress on education sector during his tenure as the president.

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