State Funeral of former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam will be held with full military honours on July 30, 2015 (Thursday) at 11 AM at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, said the government in a statement.
A state funeral is an elaborate event for which arrangements are made by the government with full police presence and the departed leader is given a 21-gun salute and the body is draped in the national flag.
The first ever state funeral in independent India was given to Mahatma Gandhi and former prime ministers Jawaharlal Nehru, Lal Bahadur Shastri and Indira Gandhi were given the honour. Among non-political personalities, Mother Teresa was honoured for her service to the mankind in her adopted nation.
Earlier, the Union Cabinet condoled the death of former President in a resolution passed at a special Cabinet Meeting this morning. It said, “in his passing away the country has lost a visionary scientist, a true nationalist and a great son”.
The Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi extended its heart-felt condolences to the bereaved family on behalf of the Government and the entire nation. The former President breathed his last Shillong, Meghalaya on 27th July, 2015 at 6:40 PM while addressing students of IIM.
Born on 15th October, 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, specialized in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology. He made significant contribution in developing India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle and made India an exclusive member of Space Club.
Popularly known as the “Missile Man of India’, Dr. Kalam was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles. He gave thrust to self-reliance in defence systems by introducing Light Combat Aircraft.
Dr. Kalam was the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development during 1992-99. During this period, strategic missile systems were developed and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests were conducted.
Dr. Kalam had served as the Principal Scientific Advisor to the Government of India, from 1999 to 2001 and was responsible for evolving policies, strategies and missions for many development applications and piloted India Millennium Mission 2020.
Dr. Kalam has also written books titled “Wings of Fire”, “India 2020 -A Vision for the New Millennium”, “My journey” and “Ignited Minds -Unleashing the power within India”, which have became household names in India and abroad.
Dr. Kalam was passionate about transforming society through technology, in particular by inspiring the youth of India to harness science and technology for human welfare.
Dr. Kalam was the recipient of honorary doctorates from 48 Universities from India and abroad. He received the country’s highest civilian Award “Bharat Ratna” in the year 1997.
He came from a very humble beginning and rose to the highest office of the country to serve as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. During his tenure, he was affectionately known as the People’s President.