Premier opens memorial honoring India’s ‘Missile Man’

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A model of the Agni-II missile stands tall at the rear of the Kalam memorial in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Photo: Deccan Chronicle

Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a memorial dedicated to the late president APJ Abdul Kalam, known as India’s “Missile Man,” on the second anniversary of his death in his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on Thursday, according to media reports.

Built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation at a cost of Rs20 crore (US$31,000), the memorial reflects various events in Dr Kalam’ s life, including the Pokhran nuclear test, and features a missile model to mark his contribution to space science, NDTV reported. The memorial combines Indian and Mughal architectural styles, and the main entrance resembles New Delhi’s India Gate.

A statement released by Modi’s office said that after inaugurating the memorial, the prime minister will flag off an exhibition bus named “Kalam Sandesh Vahini,” which will travel across the nation and reach Rashtrapati Bhavan on October 15, the former president’s birthday.

Dr Kalam, who died of a cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015 in Shillong, where he had gone to deliver a lecture, was the 11th president of India, serving from 2002 to 2007. 

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