"Kalam Effect"

DD Podhigai telecast an interview with Mr P M Nair retired IAS officer who was the secretary to Dr Kalam Sir when he was the President. I summarise the points he spoke in voice choked with emotion. Mr Nair had authored a book titled "Kalam Effect" .

1. Dr Kalam used to receive costly gifts whenever he went as it is customary for many nations to give gifts to the visiting Head of state. Refusing the gift would become an insult to the nation and an embarrassment for India. So, he received them and on his return, Dr Kalam asked the gifts to be photographed and then catalogued and handed over to the archives. Afterwards, he never even looked at them. He did not take even a pencil from the gifts received when he left Rashtrapathi Bhavan.

2. In 2002, the year Dr Kalam took over, the Ramadan month came in July-August. it was a regular practice for the President to host an iftar party. Dr Kalam asked Mr Nair why he should host a party to people who are already well fed and asked him to find out how much would be the cost. Mr Nair told it costs around Rs. 22 lakhs. Dr Kalam asked him to donate that amount to a few selected orphanages in the form of food, dresses and blankets. The selection of orphanages was left to a team in Rashtrapathi Bhavan and Dr Kalam had no role in it. After the selection was made, Dr Kalam asked Mr Nair to come inside his room and gave him a cheque for Rs 1 lakh. He said that he is giving some amount from his personal savings and this should not be informed to anyone. Mr Nair was so shocked that he said "sir, I will go outside and tell everyone . People should know that here is a man who not only donated what he should have spent but he is giving his own money also". Dr Kalam though he was a devout Muslim did not have Iftar parties in the years in which he was the President.

3. Dr Kalam did not like "yes sir" type of people. Once when the Chief Justice of India had come and on some point Dr Kalam expressed his view and asked Mr Nair, "Do you agree?"/ Mr Nair said "No sir, i do not agree with you". The Chief Justice was shocked and could not believe his ears. It was impossible for a civil servant to disagree with the president and that too so openly. Mr Nair told him that the President would question him afterwards why he disagreed and if the reason was logical 99% he would change his mind.

4. Dr Kalam invited 50 of his relatives to come to Delhi and they all stayed in Rashtrapathi Bhavan. He organised a bus for them to go around the city which was paid for by him. No official car was used. All their stay and food was calculated as per the instructions of Dr Kalam and the bill came to Rs 2 lakhs which he paid. In the history of this country no one has done it. Now, wait for the climax, Dr Kalam's elder brother stayed with him in his room for the entire one week as Dr Kalam wanted his brother to stay with him. When they left, Dr Kalam wanted to pay rent for that room also. Imagine a President of country paying rent for the room in which he is staying. This was any way not agreed by the staff who thought the honesty was getting too much to handle !!!.

5. When Kalam sir was to leave Rashtrapathi Bhavan at the end of the tenure, every staff member went and met him and paid their respects. Mr Nair went to him alone as his wife had fractured her leg and was bed ridden. Dr Kalam asked why his wife did not come. He replied that she was in bed due to an accident. next day, Nair saw lot of police men around his house and asked what had happened. They said that the President of India was coming to visit him in his house. He came and met his wife and chatted for some time. Mr Nair says that no president of any country would visit a civil servant's house and that too on such a simple pretext.

I thought I should give the details as many of you may not have seen the telecast and so it may be useful. more  

View all 117 comments Below 117 comments
Dr. Abdul Kalam is a unique leader who loved mankind, belonging to the stream of the great saviors like Krishna, Jesus, Mohammed and Buddha. We failed to understand him and the nation failed get benefits from this great source of power and love. There is no scientist or political leader today who can be compared to him. There is no model like him that can be shown to our politicians and administrators. Sri. P.M. Nair recording his remembrances of his experiences with this great man can help to stir the minds of our leaders to consider the poor people who need their love. more  
I fervently hope that incidents like these should reach the students who would firm up their ideals to make a better India in the future. more  
GREAT SOUL. TODAY'S POLITICIANS NEED TO LEARN FROM HIM SO MANY THINGS, BUT I DOUBT THEY DO. more  
The legacy of such great president will never be missed by the right and genuine people. It is requested that Mr Nair should share more of his experiences with Dr Kalam more  
Mr. Kailat, please share with the public on facebook and twitter as the world should know what a great personality he was. A honest gentleman with the most noble soul. more  
Post a Comment

Related Posts

    • Where did Covid Hospital Bribery happen

      https://www.localcircles.com/a/pub...

      By Naina Mittal
      /
    • advt in leading newspapers across india a few days ago

      two days back there was a quarter page advt.in many leading newspapers across india by a company called Landomus Usa.the company said that it would invest equity of usd 500billion,in phase 1, in in...

      By Suresh Dasarathy
      /
    • Together Against Corruption

      Needless to say,the corruption is in our blood. In Covid pandemic:we could have done better,but the "C" factor influences most of the business and political communities. 1. Remdesiv...

      By ANANTPADMAKAR AYYA
      /
    • Neta Corruption through Police

      This is also an example of corruption that prevails in every state of India pretty much. Corrupt Neta ji sets targets and then get machinery to collect. Machinery collects a bit more and...

      By Vikram Gupta
      /
    • Our halla on transport corruption worked

      Ministry of Road Transport has launched Aadhar-authentication based contactless services Now applying for learner' s license, DL renewal & duplicate DL, registration application for...

      By RN Chopra
      /
    • Corruption in Resident welfare Associations

      I am a member of a resident welfare association. Recently (28.12.20) I demanded an inspection of documents including an advocate's bill reportedly paid for a huge and disproportionate amount to def...

      By LOGANATHAN KOTHANDARAMAN
      /
    • Conversation between Republic CEO and BARC - Ex CEO from Mumbai Police

      Please find attached chat transcript between Arnab Goswami of Republic and ex BARC CEO. Highlights corruption in media esp in regards to TRP scams. Also shows who is aligned with who. The biggest s...

      By Anonymous Circle member
      /
    • Corruption Corruption Corruption

      If we recall, both the Centre as well as the Delhi authorities (I mention Delhi because we live in this city) had openly and boldly declared as one of their major election manifestos "to end and ...

      By Satya Pal Ratti
      /
    • overloading of trucks

      this is quite a common phenomenon in india from the last 50years...manufacturers,whether,tata/leyland, always provide an extra leeway depending upon the capacity of the truck.but truck owners in o...

      By Suresh Dasarathy
      /
    • Overloading of trucks corruption

      One of the most common forms of corruption is transport officials permitting overloading of trucks and taking a cut. This circle should brainstorm what should be done to cut this corruption and ins...

      By Sudesh Rai
      /
    • Suspected Corruption in NHAI

      I long suspected high CORRUPTION in NHAI with contractors using free roadside rock stones to build roads and trees uprooted with disappearance of wood without any trace and accountability. Perhaps ...

      By Darshan Sharma
      /
Share
Enter your email and mobile number and we will send you the instructions

Note - The email can sometime gets delivered to the spam folder, so the instruction will be send to your mobile as well

All My Circles
Invite to
(Maximum 500 email ids allowed.)