The former President was true Indian Muslim, rooted in his Bharatiya culture and faithful to his Islamic beliefs. This was unpalatable to those pushing an exclusive Muslim identity that undermines Indian heritage. This is now being rubbed in by the Muslim League and other organisations like the one led by Hyderabad-based Owaisi brothers. They urge Muslims to shed any symbolism of Bharatiya ‘contamination’ — such as the lighting of lamps, Hindustani music, and Kathak. Because Abdul Kalam was a true Indian while remaining loyal to his Muslim traditions, these outfits never acknowledged him as a Muslim worthy of being followed.
- 4 Aug 2015
What noone could ever do for Shillong – also known as the Scotland of the East – for almost a century, the ‘Missile Man’ of India, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, did to the capital of Meghalaya with his last visit. Patricia Mukhim, editor of The Shillong Times, aptly put it in her article on The Wire. “Shillong will no longer be mispronounced or misspelt. Thank you, Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam. May you continue to teach us through your wonderful books and memorable speeches.”
- 29 Jul 2015