New Delhi, July 28: Don't Declare Holiday On My Death, Instead Work An Extra Day, If You Love Me -- Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
This was one of the most popular quotes by Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the most popular President of India. Now, India obeyed to his wish as the Government of India on Tuesday, July 28 clarified that there will be a seven-day state mourning in honour of Dr Kalam, however, there will be no holiday.[Kalam death: Seven-day state mourning but no holiday]
An official statement by the government of India claimed, "As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, seven days of state mourning will be observed throughout India from July 27, 2015 to August 2, 2015, both days inclusive."
Earlier it was stated that many schools, colleges would be closed on Tuesday. But government's official statement put an end to all speculations.
Meanwhile, Vinod Tawde, the Maharashtra Education Minister, there will be no state holiday for schools and colleges on Tuesday, following the death of ex-President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam.
According to protocol, a 7-day nation mourning is allowed only in the event of death of a sitting President.
However, the protocol was snubbed this time as Dr Kalam was the best President of the country.
During the period of state mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all buildings throughout the country where it is flown regularly and there will be no official entertainment.