Bedi pointed out that Kalam’s footwear was completely worn out and repaired many times, and celebrated the former President’s simplicity.

Kiran Bedi pays tribute to Kalams simplicity Tweets show worn out slippers he woreCourtesy
Social Inspiration Sunday, September 03, 2017 - 14:40

At the recently opened memorial to former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in Rameswaram, there’s plenty to see and learn about the Missile Man of India. But for Puducherry Lt Governor Kiran Bedi, it was his shoes and slippers that caught her attention most.

Visiting the memorial on Thursday, Bedi seems to have been most struck by Kalam’s simplicity and frugality in life.

Tweeting about her visit, Bedi highlighted the way Kalam had lived a life of minimalism, a quality that remained undiminished in him through all the celebrated and powerful positions he held.

For proof of this simplicity, Bedi showed pictures of Kalam’s worn-out slippers and shoes. The slippers, she said, were in Kalam’s suitcase on his last journey to Shillong, and pointed out, “See how worn out they were and had even been repaired.”

Her tweets were appreciated by other Twitter users, who also lauded Kalam’s simple lifestyle.

Speaking to reporters during her visit to the Memorial, Bedi had said, “The country requires to have 500 million Kalams, the population of youth in the country to take the country forward. Mr Kalam, who led a simple life, was an embodiment of knowledge and wisdom, and dedicated his life to the development of the country. The late leader, who came out with Vision 2020, wanted the youth to take the lead.”

Kalam suffered a cardiac arrest while he was delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong on July 27, 2015, and passed away.

Known as the ‘People’s President’, Kalam held the high office from 2002 to 2007. He was known for his rigour in science and academics and held honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions.

It took two full years and massive public outrage before the grand memorial at his gravesite was finally built and inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on July 27 this year.

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