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Google pays tribute to Kalam with 'black ribbon'

india Updated: Jul 30, 2015 09:46 IST
Google's tribute to Kalam


Google paid a special homage to the "Missile Man" APJ Abdul Kalam on Thursday by displaying a black ribbon on its homepage.

The solemn mark of respect on Google India homepage only testifies to the universal appeal the former President exercised on the minds of people, especially the youth, from small-towners to net-savvy urban folks.

Google is known for remembering past icons and marking important occasions and anniversaries through its characteristic doodles, and in the past has paid tribute to several Indians, including filmmaker Satyajit Ray, mathematics genius Shakuntala Devi and cine icon Raj Kapoor among others.

For Kalam, perhaps reflecting the simplicity that he stood for all his life, the search giant has used no doodle but just a black ribbon placed below the search tab. Hovering the mouse over it reads, "In memory of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam".

Tributes have been pouring in from home and abroad to pay respects to the Bharat Ratna whose life inspires countless Indians.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Pranab Mukherjee and host of world leaders including US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin have joined in paying tribute to the former head of the state.

Bihar government has decided to name an agricultural college in Kisanganj after him. Incidentally, Kalam was the brain behind the revival of the Nalanda University.

PM Narendra Modi and other dignitaries will attend Kalam's funeral in Rameswaram on Thursday at 11am.