PM Modi inaugurates Dr A.P.J Abdul Kalam memorial in Rameswaram


Chennai: On the second death anniversary of former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a national memorial in his honour in his home town Rameswaram on Thursday.

The Kalam memorial was built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) in Pei Karumbu. At the inaugural ceremony, the prime minister hoisted the national flag and unveiled a statue of Kalam.

The memorial, build at a cost of 20 crores, blends Mughal and Indian architecture. Its main entrance resembles Delhi’s India gate. The dome reflects the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The main door is a replica of the entrance of the Brihadiswara Temple in Tanjavur.

The interiors of the memorial reflect the various facets of Dr Kalam’s life, including the Pokhran nuclear test. There’s even a missile model celebrating his contribution to space science.

Dr Kalam, popularly known as the “Missile Man”, was the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007. He died of a cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015 in Shillong where he had gone to deliver a lecture.


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