Former president, renowned scientist and Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam died on Monday way after suffering a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture to students at IIM-Shillong.
Kalam, 83, who reached Shillong via Guwahati in the morning, collapsed during a lecture around 6:30 pm and rushed to the Bethany Hospital there, where he was declared dead.
Kalam was closely involved in the country's civilian space programme and military missile development efforts, earning him the sobriquet 'India's Missile Man' and 'People's President'.
Tributes for the former president poured in on Twitter as the entire nation, saddened by his death, went into mourning and eminent people, from politicians to actors, expressed their grief.
Here's what India had to say when Kalam passed away:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi expressed grief on the death of the former president.
India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful President & above all an inspiring individual. RIP Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 27, 2015
Dr. Kalam…my mind is filled with so many memories, so many interactions with him. Always marvelled at his intellect, learnt so much from him— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 27, 2015
Dr. Kalam enjoyed being with people; people & youngsters adored him. He loved students & spent his final moments among them.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) July 27, 2015
An outstanding genius, who became the common man's friendly President of India. Decent, decorous, distinguished. RIP Dr APJ Abdul Kalam— Sanjay Jha (@JhaSanjay) July 27, 2015
And perhaps as destiny would have it, Dr Kalam passed away in midst of what he loved most...giving a talk to students.— Kabir Taneja (@KabirTaneja) July 27, 2015
We don't expect greatness from all our politicians, but the one person they could emulate to become better human beings is APJ Abdul Kalam.— Sachin Kalbag (@SachinKalbag) July 27, 2015
Dr Kalam was a learner all his life. He breathed his last learning..and inspiring. A rare life who served in a rare way from a rare place— Kiran Bedi (@thekiranbedi) July 27, 2015
Dr Kalam lived by the song 18 till I die.. Forever young in thought and action.. RIP.— Rajdeep Sardesai (@sardesairajdeep) July 27, 2015
In the world, he was the only politician with zero haters APJ Abdul Kalam— Fazlur Choudhary (@fazlurchoudhary) July 27, 2015
Schools & colleges have been declared a holiday because of Sir APJ's death. Well. he would want the schools to go on uninterrupted :)— Srini Mama (@SriniMama16) July 27, 2015