Dr Kalam was one of the most lovable and respected of Indians. He left an eternal impact on the lives of all Indians through his contributions to the nation and through his teachings. His legacy is forever. But not many people know about the tangibles that he left behind after his passing away.
He owned very little. He donated his earnings and possessions. The most substantial of possessions that he left behind were his 2,500 books. Other than that, he owned a wristwatch, six shirts, four trousers, three suits, and a pair of shoes. He held no property,fridge, TV, car or AC.
It is amazing that a man who spent numerous decades in public life and was even the President of the nation owned so little. This shows what a simple life he led.
He survived on the royalty he received from the four books he authored and his pension. Neither did he leave the world in a state of poverty nor luxury.
He was a man staunch on his principles. After he demitted office, the government allotted him a bungalow on 10 Rajaji Marg, but the two-storey house lies desolate today.He never accepted any personal gifts, and even as the president, the smallest of gifts given to him by foreign governments were duly tabulated and sent to the government’s treasury.
Our ‘people’s president’ loved teaching. He was very popular on the lecture circuit yet he never charged a paisa for it. His simplicity was inspirational.
It is no secret that Dr Kalam came from a very humble background. He sold newspapers to sustain his family. He never forgot to recite his morning prayers, and was a pure vegetarian. Unlike almost every other person who enters public office, he never forgot his humble beginnings.
Dr Kalam was also conferred with India’s highest civilian award, the Bharat Ratna. There has possibly been no individual in the history of independent India who’s passing away pained people as much as the death of Dr Kalam did. We pay tributes to this great son of our soil!