‘Dr Kalam’s simplicity touched everyone’, says Sourav Ganguly

Former Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away after suffering a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to students at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong on Monday, was probably the most popular president the nation ever had. Tributes poured in from all corners of the nation and cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar paid homage to the former President.

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who had received the Padma Shri from Kalam in 2004, hailed his simplicity.

In a report from IANS, Ganguly said, “I had met him quite a few times and knew him personally. Not just me, everyone who met him will agree that one thing that touched everyone was his simplicity which got people attached to him.”

The left-hander, who has played 113 Tests for India and led the nation for five years, further added, “He was the president of the country, a science wizard and what not. See at the end of the day, everyone has to go. And as life would have it, with god’s grace, he also had the best death which was with the students at IIM Shillong. He dedicated his life to students.”