STOCK MARKET BSE NSE

Nation Bids Adieu as Kalam Laid to Rest in Rameswaram

The three-rounds of shots fired to the air by the 14 jawans of the \'Guard of 112\' were muted before the chants and slogans by thousands.

Published: 30th July 2015 02:26 PM  |   Last Updated: 30th July 2015 02:46 PM   |  A+A-

Kalam Burial 1

Kalam's body being buried in Rameswaram. |EPS

RAMESWARAM: The air was filled with chants and slogans, all repeating the same two words – Jai Hind. As the body of former president APJ Abdul Kalam was brought to the designated ground near Pamban bridge at around 11 on Thursday morning, a sea of people from across the country stood there waiting, with those two words in their mouths and minds.

Kalam Burial.pngPrime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at 11.15 a.m. and placed a floral wreath to mark respect. He then met the late president's 99-year-old elder brother, Mohammed Muthu Meera Lebbai Maraicker, and sought blessings from the elderly. Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, Chief Ministers of Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and Kerala, Meghalaya governor V Shanmuganathan, defence minister Mohan Parrikar, Congress leaders including P Chidambaram and Ghulam Nabi Azad, the team of minister deputed by Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa, State Opposition Leader Vijayakant and scores of scores of leaders from around the country paid last respects in the morning.

Also Read: Modi, Top Leaders Pay Tribute to Kalam

In Pics: Former President Abdul Kalam's Funeral

There was substantial crowd on the streets of this coastal town right from the morning, much more than the ground at Peikarumbu could accommodate. As the funeral procession inched forward from Kalam's home to the new home in that ground, people stood waiting on both sides of the road, on terraces and balconies, and on treetops to catch one last glimpse of their icon.

Even the three-rounds of shots fired to the air by the 14 jawans of the 'Guard of 112' were muted before the chants and slogans by thousands. After that, the Army personnel removed and neatly folded the national flag that was draped on the coffin as is custom, before handing over the body to the family members for final rites. Leaders from parties including BJP and Congress were part of the prayers that followed.

A little while later, the body of APJ Abdul Kalam, the technocrat-turned-popular leader from this coastal town who gave a human face to the otherwise aristocratic position of the Rashtrapati, was buried.

Related Story: Lok Sabha Adjourned for the Day, Rajya Sabha Till 2 p.m.



Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp