Amit Shah hails Abdul Kalam, credits PM Modi for space tech progress
Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday (July 29) praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s leadership, stating that under his guidance, the nation is making significant advancements in space technology. He also highlighted that this vision was nurtured by the iconic scientist and late President — APJ Abdul Kalam.
Addressing the launch event of the book “Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Memories Never Die,” here, Shah hailed Kalam for his yeoman services to India’s space technology.
மனிதகுலத்தின் நன்மைக்காக கனவு காணவும், சிறந்து செயல்படவும் இந்தியாவுக்கு கற்றுத் தந்தவர் டாக்டர்.ஏ.பி.ஜே.அப்துல் கலாம். அவரது வழியில் நடந்தால், அது இன்று நிறைவேறுவதைக் காண முடியும்.
'டாக்டர்.ஏ.பி.ஜே.அப்துல் கலாம், மெமரீஸ் நெவர் டை' என்ற புத்தகம் இன்று ராமேஸ்வரத்தில்… pic.twitter.com/D0TC5p8hWk
— Amit Shah (@AmitShah) July 29, 2023
Shah said, “Under PM Modi’s leadership opportunities in space science for our students, youth and their startups are open. APJ Abdul Kalam’s dream of achievements in space science will be accomplished by PM Modi’s innovations and new initiatives. And I believe that India will lead the entire world in the field of space science.”
Following the late former President’s footsteps, under PM Modi’s leadership, the nation launched 55 spacecraft missions, 50 launch vehicle missions and 11 student satellites, Shah noted.
A record 104 satellites were launched (PSLV-C37, Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) in a single flight and the re-entry (to earths atmosphere) experiment of a satellite was also successfully completed, he outlined.
Amit Shah addressed a rally here on Friday and flagged off the state-wide padayatra En Mann En Makkal (My Land, My People) of his party’s state unit president K Annamalai. Rameswaram is the home town of the former President Abdul Kalam (1931–2015).
Tracing the life and times of the former President, Shah said Kalam, who began his life as a paper boy delivering newspapers later himself made headlines through his work for the nation and eventually assumed the high office of the President of India.
Kalam demonstrated probity in public life by his action, and that explains people remembering him as people’s president.
He recalled that during Kalam’s Presidency, when people who called on him once stayed in the Rashtrapati Bhavan for nine days, he remitted Rs 9.52 lakh to the government for their stay though they were state-guests as per protocol.
After a meeting with Field marshal Manekshaw, the late President showed his respect to such officials and the personnel of the Armed forces by arranging pending payout due to them with retrospective effect.
Hailing him for his humility, Shah said Kalam was the only person to enter the Rashtrapati Bhavan as President with just two suitcases and went home in exactly the same way after he demitted office.
(With agency inputs)