New Delhi, July 27: Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, a popular head of state between 2002 and 2007, passed away today after he collapsed during a lecture at Shillong.
84-year-old Kalam was rushed to Bethany hospital in 84-year-old Kalam was rushed to Bethany hospital in Nongrim hills after he collapsed during the lecture in the Indian Institute of Management at around 6.30 PM.
The government has announced seven-day national mourning.
Tributes started pouring in on social networking site Twitter as soon as the tragic news broke. People from every section of the society, including politicians, celebrities, journalists, started paying homage to the departed soul and remembered his great works.
Here are a collection of a few such tweets:
India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful President & above all an inspiring individual. RIP Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 27, 2015
He was a Bharat Ratna and people's President. Dr Kalam was immensely popular and greatly admired: Pranab Mukherjee pic.twitter.com/lm1WoI47kN— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2015
Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam was people's President. My homage to the great soul.— Sushma Swaraj (@SushmaSwaraj) July 27, 2015
Kalamji ws not merely the President but a role model & an ideal citizen to every Indian: Arun Jaitley on Abdul Kalam pic.twitter.com/syEiaf9Dam— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2015
Science Wizard,Brilliant academician & a Human Being par excellence,India's MissileMan,Dr APJ Abdul Kalam's sad demise has ended an era. RIP— Rajyavardhan Rathore (@Ra_THORe) July 27, 2015
I guess this is what passes for an official announcement. https://t.co/hOecFUBl2b— Omar Abdullah (@abdullah_omar) July 27, 2015
I had the opportunity to interact with PresidentKalam on many ocasion.He was like an innocent young boy full of curiosity&love for knowledge— shahid siddiqui (@shahid_siddiqui) July 27, 2015
President Kalam's death is a huge loss to the nation- He was a great intellectual,motivator,distinguished scientist and perfect human being.— Dr. Harsh Vardhan (@drharshvardhan) July 27, 2015
I worked very closely with Dr. Kalam as PM and I greatly benefitted from his advice as Pres of our country: Former PM Manmohan Singh— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2015
Former President of India, a renowned scientist, an inspiration to all, a terrific human being...RIP Dr. Abdul Kalam (2/2)— sachin tendulkar (@sachin_rt) July 27, 2015
A man who 'ignited minds', gladdened hearts & steered our Nation to glory. With profound grief my shraddhanjali to Dr. Kalam.— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) July 27, 2015
So sad to know about d passing away of Dr. Abdul Kalam. It is a loss not only for India but for d entire world. Such greatness is a rarity.— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPkher) July 27, 2015
So sad to hear about the Gurdaspur terror attack & now the news of Dr. Kalam's demise. May Allah bring peace upon all.— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) July 27, 2015
Very, very sad news. I had a special bond with Kalam ji. He was one of India's favorite sons and one of my favorite people. A very sad day— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) July 27, 2015
सपने वो नहीं होते जो आप सोने के बाद देखते हैं, सपने वो होते हैं जो आपको सोने नहीं देते - डॉ अब्दुल कलाम— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) July 27, 2015
Dr Kalam was a learner all his life. He breathed his last learning..and inspiring. A rare life who served in a rare way from a rare place— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) July 27, 2015
Express deepest condolences at sudden demise of one of India’s iconic leaders and former President, Dr.Abdul Kalam: Sonia Gandhi Statement— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2015
On a personal note I will miss him because while implementing Digital India, I wanted to have a long discussion with him..(cntd): RS Prasad— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2015
Kalam sahab ka nidhan ka khabar sunke hume dhakka laga aur chot pohucha: Lalu Yadav on APJ Abdul Kalam pic.twitter.com/UybweHklrP— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2015
He spent his last day even working and that was the spirit: RP Rudy on APJ Abdul Kalam pic.twitter.com/gFK2MpgdCU— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2015
We express deepest condolences on behalf of Congress on demise of APJ Abdul Kalam. We salute his spirit: R Surjewala pic.twitter.com/c3PJChxYG6— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2015
Dr. Kalam, when you became the President, you gave the word 'hope' a new meaning for Indians... Today, we have... http://t.co/ld4rtRwqWA— A.R.Rahman (@arrahman) July 27, 2015
Dr.Kalam gave spine to Country’s self-defense; His demise a great loss to Nation. I deeply mourn the demise of Dr.A.P.J Abdul Kalam (1/2)— M Venkaiah Naidu (@MVenkaiahNaidu) July 27, 2015