Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Wednesday described former president APJ Abdul Kalam as a 'knowledgeable man' and said the country has immensely benefited from his wisdom and scientific excellence.
"Some people are great beyond words. APJ Abdul Kalam was one such person.
"In the history of modern India, July 27, 2015 would be remembered for departure of Kalam, a Pragya Purush of India's Rishi Parampara (knowledgeable man of Indian learning tradition), for his heavenly abode after enlightening and immensely benefiting the country by his knowledge, wisdom, scientific excellence and qualities of head and heart," Chouhan said in his tribute to Kalam.
"A man of many parts, Kalam embodied Indian values in true sense. He was a scientist par excellence, original thinker, serious spiritual seeker, poet, connoisseur of music, inspiring orator, able administrator, all rolled into one. Above all, he was full of human sensitivities," he added.
Remembering the former President for his respect towards his teachers, Chouhan said, "Kalam never forgot to pay obeisance to his primary school teacher Shiv Subramaniam and his science guru Professor Satish Dhawan at any public forum."
Saluting him for his inter-religion faith, the CM, "he (Kalam) studied the Quran and the Gita with same respect and faith."
Kalam is credited with having developed Agni and Prithvi missiles having indigenous technology. He was closely associated with India's space programme and the Pokharan explosion, Chouhan said.
Recalling his visits to Madhya Pradesh, Chouhan said, "I had the privilege to welcome the great evolved soul during his visits to different parts of Madhya Pradesh. The 11 points suggested by him for all round development of the state helped a great deal in making it the fastest growing state of the country."
Referring to Kalam's chemistry with former prime minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, the CM said, "They shared a unique chemistry. During the regime of Vajpayee Dr Kalam was conferred with country's highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna."
"However, I believe that he was above all honours, awards and offices. I would endeavour to take a suitable step in near future to perpetuate the memories of Kalam in Madhya Pradesh for the posterity," he added.