Features Tuesday, July 28, 2015 - 05:30
  As tributes pour in for Former President and India's beloved "Missile Man" who passed away in Shillong on Monday night, there is perhaps one that is most heart rendering.   In a detailed Facebook post, Dr Srijan Pal Singh, who was the advisor to Kalam narrates the grief he faces, and recounts Kalam's last day. A day which started with a flight to Guwahati, followed by another car drive to the IIM, Srijan recalls how they were in a convoy of 6-7 cars.    "Dr. Kalam and I were in the second car. Ahead us was an open gypsy with three soldiers in it...one lean guy was standing atop, holding his gun. One hour into the road journey, Dr. Kalam said, 'Why is he standing? He will get tired. This is like punishment. Can you ask a wireless message to given that he may sit?' I had to convince him, he has been probably instructed to keep standing for better security."....."Later, when we landed in IIM Shillong, I got hold of the standing guy and Dr. Kalam greeted him. He shook his hand, said thank you. “Are you tired? Would you like something to eat? I am sorry you had to stand so long because of me”. The young lean guard, draped in black cloth, was surprised at the treatment. He lost words, just said, “Sir, aapke liye to 6 ghante bhi khade rahenge.” (Sir, I will even stand for up to 6 hours for you)   Srijan also adds that Kalam expressed concern about the attacks in Punjab. The second discussion was about the Parliament and how the supreme institution of democracy, was dysfunctional.    He said, “I have seen two different governments in my tenure. I have seen more after that. This disruption just keeps happening. It is not right. I really need to find out a way to ensure that the parliament works on developmental politics.”    Kalam then went on to address the gathering at IIM.  Two minutes into the speech, he collapsed.    Srijan concludes saying " Today, I look back – he took the final journey, teaching, what he always wanted to be remembered doing. And, till his final moment he was standing, working and lecturing. He left us, as a great teacher, standing tall. He leaves the world with nothing accumulated in his account but loads of wishes and love of people. He was a successful, even in his end."   Read the full Facebook post.   What I will be remembered for.. my memory of the last day with the great Kalam sir...It has been eight hours since we... Posted by Srijan Pal Singh on Monday, July 27, 2015  
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