APJ Abdul Kalam was a `President with a difference`: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

The Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, on Tuesday described Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday in Meghalaya, as a “President with a difference”.

APJ Abdul Kalam was a `President with a difference`: Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

New Delhi: The Art of Living Founder, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, on Tuesday described Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who died on Monday in Meghalaya, as a “President with a difference”.

The former president died on Monday in a private hospital in Shillong after he collapsed while delivering a lecture on "Liveable Planet" to students of the Indian Institute of Management.

Paying tributes to Kalam, Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in a statement said the `Missile Man` was “deeply spiritual, connected with young people, and worked tirelessly toward uniting people of all faiths”.

“He was a unique combination of science, the arts, and philosophy,” the statement added.

“The Art of Living had a long standing relationship with Dr Kalam. A man of humor, he deeply cared for society. In fact, as President, when he heard that I would be going to Sri Lanka to meet Prabhakaran and help resolve the conflict, he excitedly offered to accompany me even if it meant going beyond protocol.”

“Also, a player of the Veena, he was an avid lover and proponent of Indian classical music. At one of our meetings, he suggested that he and I play the Veena together. His favorite song was Entharo Mahanubhavulu - `There are many great souls and I adore them all`.”

The last rites of the late president will be held at his native place in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu tomorrow.

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