New Delhi, Aug 6: Srijan Pal Singh, late former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's advisor, who shot to limelight when he shared his last moments with the people's president on social networking sites, is now in trouble over the same thing.
According to reports, there is a tiff going on between Singh and Kalam's official associates, over sharing Kalam's experiences on Facebook and Twitter. [Wish we all worked together for Guru Kalam, says Srijan Pal Singh]
On Wednesday, Aug 5, Kalam's New Delhi-based office issued a statement saying Singh should not give statements in the media and social networks in the name of the former President.
The statement said, "Srijan Pal Singh has already been advised to deactivate all Facebook and Twitter accounts in the name of Dr Kalam or in his memory immediately."
Following the sudden demise of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam at IIM-Shillong on Monday evening, July 27, Singh had shared his "last eight hours with Kalam" on his Facebook and Twitter account.
V Ponraj, the scientific advisor for Kalam from last twenty years, was quoted saying as to the TOI, "The office is not against Singh sharing his experience as a student with Kalam. He has every right to do that. At the same time, he has no right to share things through Kalam's official pages in social networking sites. There is an office to take care of it."
Ponraj also said, "Singh was a good student of Kalam. He should share his experience with students and spread Kalam's ideas to the youth. I have worked with Kalam for 20 years, and my job today is to spread his ideas and vision. We have to follow certain rules and should know what to speak and what not,"
However, Srijan told TOI, "When he Kalam was alive, he authorized me to maintain his pages in social networking sites. I was happy to do that. If the office doesn't want me to do it, I am ready to deactivate them. But they can't ban me from sharing my experience with him to the people. He was my guru and mentor".
"I co-authored two books with Kalam. We were working on the third one when he died. Kalam was everything to me. I am only talking about my experience with him on my personal capacity. As a private citizen, I think I have every right to do that. No one can stop me," he further said.
Srijan, on Thursday, Aug 6, deactivated the memorial social media accounts of Dr Kalam.