Vir Sanghvi is right when he says in Kalam's Final Missteps (Counterpoint, June 24) that in a single moment of greed, APJ Abdul Kalam made a blunder in suggesting that he would not mind a second term provided he was a consensus candidate. This will besmirch his reputation. He may end up being forgotten like former Chief Election Commissioner
Narendra Kumar, New Delhi
Vir Sanghvi’s version is not correct. He had praised Kalam only the other day and has suddenly changed track as Kalam agreed to become a consensus candidate, though he soon gave up that position. Any ambitious and learned person would like to occupy the highest office in the land. Kalam is no exception.
GK Arora, New Delhi
People are likely to forgive APJ Abdul Kalam for his mistake and remember him as an informed and accessible President. They would also remember the manner in which the voice and will of people to elect him for a second term was stifled by the ruling UPA and left parties as revenge for his non-partisan acts.
Raghu Nath Kohli, Delhi
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