The US President Barack Obama has mourned the demise of former president APJ Abdul Kalam by describing him as a supporter for stronger US-India relations, and who attempted to develop the two countries’ space participation.
“A scientist and statesman, Kalam rose from humble beginnings to turn into one of India’s most accomplished leaders, gaining esteem at home and abroad,” he said in a statement on Tuesday.
Expanding his “deepest condolences to the people of India” for the benefit of the American people, Mr. Obama noticed Kalam’s “residency as India’s eleventh president witnessed extraordinary development in U.S.- India ties”.
“A supporter for stronger U.S.- India relations, Kalam attempted to develop our space collaboration, producing links with NASA amid a 1962 visit to the United States,” he said.
“Suitably named as the People’s President, his lowliness and commitment to open service served as an inspiration to millions of Indians and admirers around the globe.”
In the mean time, the US media highlighted his part in propelling India’s atomic, space and missile programs.
The persuasive New York Times in an obit said Kalam’s “part in propelling India’s atomic programs made him one of his nation’s most cherished figures”.
“Kalam’s superstar could be followed to 1998, when India exploded five atomic devices in the northwestern desert, to widespread worldwide judgment,” it said.
“Described at the time as an ‘impish, shaggy-haired lone wolf’ of 66, he was a standout amongst the most extravagant boosters of the nation’s atomic system,” the Times said.
“Kalam spent a little time outside India. For him, it was a state of pride that India had added to its bomb without much assistance from outside powers. What’s more, he described himself as completely Indian,” the Times said.
“I am totally indigenous!” he told the newspaper in 1998, it reviewed.
Time magazine described Kalam as “one of India’s most eminent scientific geniuses who served as the country’s eleventh president”.
Kalam, it reviewed read a clock in a 1998 meeting that he added to an early fascination with flight while experiencing childhood with the south Indian isle of Rameswaram.
“At that point there were a great deal of birds on the island,” he was cited as saying, “and I used to watch their excellent flight paths. That got me interested in aeronautics.”
The Washington Post noted Kalam was “a scientist who was known as the father of the nation’s military missile program”.
“He assumed a critical part when India tested its atomic weapons in 1998,” the Post said noticing, “The test resulted in sanctions against the nation yet helped hoist Kalam’s to the status of people saint in his nation.”
Several Indian-American organizations have also offered condolences on the demise of “India’s missile man”.
The Federation of Indian Associations (FIA) said alongside the Indian-American group it mourns the “loss of our darling and famous scientist” who “was a vital good example for the youthful and passionate of India.