When a student asked Dr Kalam, 'Why didn't you marry, President?'

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New Delhi, July 28: It happened in February 2006, when the then President Dr A P J Abdul Kalam appeared to have been stumped when the student of an Indian international school asked him why he has not got married, in Singapore, a media report said.

"Sir, why have you not found a life partner?" the student fired the question at the President after delivering an extempore lecture in which he restated his vision of a peaceful and prosperous world and the role of youth in the efforts to that end. [Live: Dr Abdul Kalam's body arrives at his Delhi residence]

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After a brief silence, the President replied, "I wish all of you find the best life partner," drawing peals of laughter from the audience at the auditorium of the Bharatiya Vidhya Bhavan International School in Singapore.

According to reports, Dr Kalam had once said that "if he had married, he would never have achieved even half of what he has managed."

83-year-old Dr Kalam passed away on Monday, July 27 evening, when he collapsed at dais, while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong.

Populary known as "Missile man" and "people's president", Dr Kalam's demise has resulted in an end of an era, but his legacy will continue to live in the hearts of Indians.

OneIndia News

(With PTI inputs)

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