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Updated: June 19, 2012 01:20 IST

Kalam says ‘no’, leaves NDA in lurch

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Former president A P J Abdul Kalam. File photo
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Former president A P J Abdul Kalam. File photo

In a major embarrassment to the BJP-led NDA and the Trinamool Congress, the former President, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, politely turned down vociferous appeals from these parties and sections of the non-political class to stand against the UPA Presidential candidate, Pranab Mukherjee.

In a brief statement, Mr. Kalam referred to the Trinamool chief Mamata Banerjee and other political parties' demand that he be their Presidential nominee and observed that he had “considered the totality of the matter and the present political situation, and decided not to contest.”

Though hopes of prevailing upon Mr. Kalam to enter the fray for another term in Rashtrapati Bhavan faded after the Samajwadi Party, which originally mooted the idea along with the Trinamool, threw its weight behind Mr. Mukherjee, constituents of the NDA, particularly the BJP, tried till the last minute to convince the “Missile Man.”

After vain efforts by Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy to persuade Mr. Kalam to contest, NDA Working Chairman and senior BJP leader L.K. Advani got into the act. Mr. Kalam conveyed to Mr. Advani his inability to accept their offer before issuing a public statement.

The decisive ‘no' from Mr. Kalam leaves an already divided NDA in the lurch.

The only option before the BJP at the moment is to line up behind the BJD and the AIADMK and back the former Lok Sabha Speaker, P.A. Sangma, for President. BJP leaders believe that it is a politically prudent option for a party which is on the lookout for potential allies in the 2014 general elections. The moot question is whether it can sell the idea to the other constituents in the NDA.

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A nice decision is unfortunate that political parties are doing politics on your name...

from:  Mohit Kumar Shukla
Posted on: Jun 20, 2012 at 08:16 IST

It is indeed a good move by Dr.Kalam. Since, it will be very difficult for him to win against UPA supported Mr.Mukherjee. Otherwise he might need to face the great embarrassment, if he lost in the contest.

from:  Chandramohan R
Posted on: Jun 20, 2012 at 04:36 IST

NDA is surely in a lurch. Having this kind of response from the toughest competitor ,it put a question on NDA'S policy now. On the other side it is a wise decision by ex prez after scrutinizing each and every aspect. It is clear from the fact that mr. mukherji is going to resign as finance minister.Now everyone has an eye over upcoming acts of BJP. NDA has to make a very difficult choice either to stick with mr. sangma or choose a new competitor. It does not seem that mr.kalam is going to reverse his decision now. It is also going to effect their policies and state for the biggest marathon . In my view they should think to make a way out otherwise their is going to be written by UPA. Our PM is the best diplomat in UPA. He knows after this kind of exposure by scams how to maintain the position and he is doing exactly that. It seems to be happening because neither the opposition looks strong nor their candidature.

from:  sushant
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 18:33 IST

Whether it is Dr.Kalam or anyone for that matter,it is time we all thought of the efficacy the office of the President, since it is a mere ceremonial office, a rubber-stamp, who can do nothing but take salutes, return the Bills referred only once and sit on mercy petitions endlessly, while touring the world!!! It is a drain on the exchequer!! Alternately, let the constitution be amended to vest more powers on the President with proper checks and balance (from a coup!)

from:  V T Rajan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 17:51 IST

Seeing all these comments over the Presidential candidature, I am now assured that we Indians are tactless, factless, naive and emotional in our thinking. Its very sad cause I am also a part of this mob. Most of us are race horsed seeing only straight. Common people, just think before you act. Open your senses, not only your eyes and don't blindly play the blame game. Please...

from:  Piyush Gurung
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 17:01 IST

Good decision kalam sir

from:  Neelima
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 15:18 IST

our generation is destined to be shredded in this corrupted country, no matter how much we shout and howl, their roots have taken firm grip.

from:  musmir
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 15:11 IST

Dr. Kalam, it was a wise decision on your part. I respect your stand. It was purely a political decision of the selfish parties which tried using you as a pawn to avert the situation to their advantage. You truly are a great leader and the real protagonist.

from:  shruti gupta
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 14:54 IST

It is really good decision.We always respect your decision.But personally I feel very sad as a student.The days under your term were really the most inspirational for the students especially.We always remember you as the first citizen of India.You are our grandpa and you are our first preference always.

from:  Priyanka Reddy
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 14:16 IST

Mr kalam has is the right choice for presidential candidate,with out having any ugly political background every party is playing its own game to empower themselves with this opportunity.

from:  baswaraj
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 14:07 IST

While it would be personally disappointing to many Indians like me to know that Dr. Kalam has decided not to contest the presidential election, one must also know the fact the Dr. Kalam does not take whimsical decisions nor is he swayed by emotions. He takes his job seriously & knows what is to be done. Seeing the political situation of the country & his chances of getting elected being less, he has taken the right decision. His decision reminds me of the following couplet of the Thirukkural which says, "Decisions should be taken after thorough consideration. But once a decision is taken, there should be no going back on the same." And Dr. Kalam has done just that ! Even if Dr. Kalam does not occupy the presidential chair for a 2nd term, he will continue to rule our hearts as the 'People's President' forever.

from:  S. Balakrishnan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 13:19 IST

Going thru the various opinions, one may doubt if India has adopted the executive Presidential form like in the USA. Some comments seem too fairy tale type dreaming that a person in Rashtrapati Bhavan can make all dreams come true. Reality is much different friends...

from:  George Varghese
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 12:36 IST

It is indeed a right decision by Dr.kalam not to contest. He should get elected unanimously otherwise it is wise to opt out. Sanjeev Reddy was a good President but some body wrongly mentioned. Dr. Kalam got a an opportunity but he did not do much as a President bringing any changes to the country. He lead a simple life even as a President. Perhaps he would like to finish in this term some good work unfinished during his earlier tenure. Any President in this country can not do anything because our constitution has made him powerless. Hope, Parliament will woke up and pass good laws for the welfare of the majority like good roads, transport, power, employment etc., and also eradicate corruption at all levels from peon to PM. No reservation to be given to creamy layer which earns more than 3 laks per annum or give reservation to every one who are below the poverty line..

from:  VUMR
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 12:14 IST

Mr.Kalam you have shown your integrity.You are well respected by many young citizens like me.I am proud that you rejected the proposal as there are selfish motives behind.Infact you have shown this greedy generations of politicians how to lead one's life.You may not be the president anymore but the inspiration and motivation that you have shown for the better India is still in our hearts.I believe India will regret for not giving you the second term to be the president.A president is like you that we young students need.You are still the best presidents to many of us.

from:  Weston
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 11:35 IST

These political parties are famous for their dirty game and congress party did the same.But Mr.Kalam we would like to request you to rethink about your decision and contest against Mr.Pranab

from:  priti
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 11:19 IST

It was very sad news to all indians...Really he changed the mind set of all the younsters and motivate them towards their goal...But he has taken a good decision that he is not willing to take the position of president of india for the 2nd time...because president of india post is like non political post but these politicians are making it as political thing...Anyway once agian he proved that wise men has no place in dirty and worst politics....he always says that country's developement is in the hands of youth....youth of india also followed his words....but now who is the leader for our country???? who is going to inspire the youth for nations developement???

from:  Sruthi.G
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 11:01 IST

There is no hope :(

from:  Vasanth
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 10:51 IST

Why can't public elect President of India like MP's to avoid Missing of our great 'Missile Man' Dr.APJ Abdul kalam for presidential Post....... who can lead young India in right direction and turn into global leading power......Dear all think over it......

from:  John Louis
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 10:28 IST

Kalam sir,please motivate us(students) by becoming President again

from:  Kavya
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 10:25 IST

I can remember when Mrs.Sonia Gandhi win the last election and going to became Prime Minister of India, that time Mr. Subramanian Swamy oppose her as a Prime Minister candidature and write a letter to Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam not to accept he candidature as per India and Italy constitution. If Mr.Pranab Mukherjee will became the President India then I can forecast that in next election i.e2014 if congress will win, Mr.Rahul Gandhi can became the Prime Minister of India because Mr.Pranab Mukherjee know how to tackle the opposition and manage the constitution law.

from:  Gopabandhu Sethi
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 10:18 IST

Dear Sir, I want to see our nation to be developed one. Vision 2020. Sir, please Don't let the land to loot

from:  ahamed
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 10:12 IST

When even the Chief Minister of TN doesn't back Kalam saab what else can we expect from others? Its better that Kalam refrains from dirty politics.

from:  hari
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 10:07 IST

A very good decision by President Sri AJP Abdul Kalam. Sri Kalam should be above politics. Sri AJP can and will contribute more as a Statesman from the outside, and not be tied down by mundane politics of the present and past Indian Governments !

from:  Al Malik
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 10:07 IST

Great man....great decision,hats off you Mr.kalam,we love you.

from:  SGS TEJA
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 10:06 IST

Happy to see such a overwhelming response from our brothers and sisters. Either it is a 'YES' or 'NO' from Dr.Kalam, He won the hearts of Indians. Let the World witness this page and let it know we do own a leader who deserves 'President' as a post. Pranab babu, you lost. It is so true that Congress prepared a person and sings "Make Way For Noddy, Noddy"!!!!.

from:  Balasubramanian
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 09:59 IST

India have very big problem with politics. Dr Kalam was the right person for the president of India. please Dr must become an India's president once again.

from:  S.sai
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 09:56 IST

If anybody should be embarrassed, it is Mulayam Singh and his brand of politician, whom evidently you seem to support. I see no criticism of him and you seem to suggest that it is a politically astute move on his part. As long as good people are kept out of Public office, we will only deserve poor governance and the attendant consequences. Therefore notwithstanding Kalam's refusal to be considered for the top post, there is no embarrassment to the opposition as you seem to suggest. The Country is embarrassed that good people are being kept away due to the wily designs of people like mulayam, et all

from:  thyagarajan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 09:47 IST

Great decision, U have already done great things for this nation, U are already a great man. There is no doubt about it. It is better u teach kids now and make them follow ur foot steps. India needs lot more people like u for it to progress.

from:  Nan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 09:42 IST

Another five black years for independent India....

from:  Sathyaseelan.H
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 09:20 IST

that's very kalam should be our president...that's it....missile man should be our president......

from:  jayendra mishra
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 09:13 IST

According to our Indian constitution, one person cannot hold two office of profits. In that case Mr. Mukherji (if elected) as president has to resign from the post of M.P and also has to quit his Finance portfolio. What happens to the people who have elected him as thier representative, people who have trusted him? Its quite clear that president should be an Apolitical person. What has happened to our country people? Can anyone file a PIL against such malpractice? I strongly deny this drama which is making a mockery of our sovereign. However Mr. Kalam seemed to be prudent in his decision, but considering Mr. Mukherji for presidential candidature is itself a blunder. No doubt why POLITICS is always used in its derogatory sense.

from:  Nagaraj
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 09:10 IST

The job of the President arises only during a constitutional crisis. The knowledge the President has of constitutional issues is secondary. He will have many advisers. But the President should make the right call based on all the advise. Under normal circumstances the President is called a 'rubber stamp'. But I feel the right President can dampen outrageous moves by making his mind clear. If the move makes sense for the common man, it would be impossible for the Government to use him / her as a rubber stamp. It is from this point of view that I will suggest a Presidential candidate be chosen. Candidates put up by the major party without striving to gain acceptance of the opposition are a shame. If a constitutional amendment requires 2/3rds vote, why should the President be elected with a simple majority. I would say the President should need 2/3rd of the votes to be elected. This will force parties to look for neutrality and acceptability.

from:  Narayanan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 09:01 IST

It is so sad to hear.We don't why the politics has turn like this.But,Kalam sir you did a right thing at a right time

from:  Lakshmi Lavanya.Somu
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:59 IST

Extremely unfortunate that crores of citizens have no direct say in choosing the first citizen , who they consider as eminently suitable with impeccable integrity and inherent capacity to enhance the dignity of his office, like Dr. Abdul Kalam. Barring a very few notable exceptions , the dignity of the office of the President has systemmatically been brought down in India. Amidst all the 'tamashaas' going on for almost a week , the common man nurtured a slender hope that there would be light at the end of the tunnel.His hopes have been belied. Who is going to restore the lost glory of President's office, now that Dr. Kalam has opted out ?

from:  Shekar
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:56 IST

I am feeling sad, because of the Kalam had refused to a nominee of president elections.

from:  Praveen
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:50 IST

It is a bad to indian young people,because kalam sir is inspre person to young people,our nation defend on the youth.

from:  abraham
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:47 IST

I strongly believe that its the indecision on behalf of NDA, the party that had him elected the first time, made him withdraw his name. If NDA really believed him to be the right choice they would have stood behind him without any fuss. Really an unfortunate day for our nation. Dr. Kalam I really hope you change your decision one day and become our president again.

from:  Arpan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:46 IST

I have great respect and regard for APJ. He has glorified the post of the president. But, I truly feel that Kalam has an inclination towards the seat as is quite evident from the statement "considered the totality of the matter and the present political situation, and decided not to contest." What can be inferred from the preceding is that if Kalam had smelled victory, he would have contested.

from:  Hari
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:31 IST

Former Kalam is now victim of his own Karma! He ought not have tempted to seek second term,when he once reached the ladder.He put the BJP and Tinamool Congress in an embrassing position in having lend his name to be used by them to float for Presidency again.Why he has not realised that his domain is not politics? He want to grab the opportunity of others,by seeking again the Presidency.This tarnished his image with the public.He should confine to education and science only and enjoy his retired life quietly.He ceased to be a motivator for younger generation.

from:  Sundresan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:26 IST

Unlike Maya and Jaya, Mamata is not corrupt and crook. Being a non corrupt is one good quality but is not enough to be an able leader. one should have vision and wisdom which Mamata lacks. pranab is the most suitable person to hold the post of the president of india. He is the finest choice, thanks to Sonia.

from:  pragasam Ramaswamy
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:25 IST

Well done, Most Respectable Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam and he has saved himself and the country avoided a shameful era to be entered into history. There is no question, his participation in the political. He should be made " father of all future TECH related Industries. May the God provide all the comfort and peaceful life. He had done enough for us, now India should take care of him.

from:  Alex Chinnappan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:24 IST

Mr.kalam will be back 2 his position,,,.......

from:  shravan kogila
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:20 IST

Thanks to kalam sir for not becomming a pawn in the hands of some political parties for their game plan. Kalam has proved that he is above the petty politics.

from:  pragasam ramaswamy
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:20 IST

Hello Sir, Our country is going down..and its the same politicians who are killing it. What else can i do other than praying that you will become our next president. Sir, i'm sick and tired of seeing my countries worst enemy, politicians/congress/bjp/whatever...doing nasty things for their own benefits.

from:  Pramod Pankajakshan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:14 IST

it's a very sad day in indian history becoz our missile man has refused to participate in president elections he realised the dirty politics in our country and decided not to enter politics

Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:10 IST

Good decision. Why should he run for second time at the cost of his reputation and esteem?! He is not a shameless politician, anyway.

from:  msn
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:06 IST

Dr A.P.J.Abdulkalam was godson to our India he was very highly educator but also he was one of the scientist of our India.Already A.P.J.Abdul kalam was work to us as president so if i has a vote to elect the president i surely elect the A.P.J.Abdulkalam. so i am happy when A.P.J.Abdulkalam was elected to the president.

from:  pushpendra patel
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 08:01 IST

The present situation in the country is far from satisfactory by any norm with inumerable problems and indiscipline at peak. The least we talk of political scenario, the better. Is this the essense of true democracy Gandhiji and others have conceived when they told British of home rule? It is the high responsibility of Congress party to get the President of India elected only through consensus. Hats off to Dr.Kalamji the humble Indian.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 07:49 IST

The present situation in the country is far from satisfactory by any norm with inumerable problems and indiscipline at peak. The least we talk of political scenario, the better. Is this the essense of true democracy Gandhiji and others have conceived when they told British of home rule? It is the high responsibility of Congress party to get the President of India elected only through consensus. Hats off to Dr.Kalamji the humble Indian.

from:  Vyas K Susarla
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 07:49 IST

A performer who shy away at the right moment may cause more harm to the society than a non performer -

from:  Krishnabaaluu
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 07:47 IST

No doubt that kalam has done a great job to India through the presidential seat. Now, even-though his instinct tells to nominate himself for the election, the influence of BJP lets his decision down due to political issues. Now the India Economy is in bad situation and is in moot. So, Kalam sir, with his experience and instigative thoughts, could make this situation to turn around. We would like to welcome you to Rashtrapati Bhavan....!

from:  Mohan Kumar T
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 07:08 IST

Correct decision, Mr.Kalam. You have done the right thing.

from:  P.Tauro
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 06:49 IST

Pearl is pearl. But it has to go to the right market to get its worth. Reminds us the great Tamil poet Subramania Bharathy who himself lamented 'Kadai virithom kolvaarillai' (spread shop, nobody to buy) Again the irony is, everyone admire the pearl and never ever think of people who brought it out!

from:  jayabalan
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 05:04 IST

Eeven when and not if, Pranab becomes the President, he knows in his heart of heart that he is only second to Dr.Kalam. And that People of India only want Dr. Kalam as President.

from:  Murali
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 04:05 IST

I hope Dr. Kalam will now accept that even if GOD comes down to India, he cant do nothing about it. Forget about 2020, you can add 10 more zeros behind it, until then India wont improve. See the fun, all the people of the largest democratic country want to him to be president, but the idiots in power, so called people's representatives, want to show their vested interest sooo boldly.. Only way to save India, just get a degree and come out of India, and forget that piece of earth and leave it to the politicians. They will take care. Thank god, I came out...

from:  rajagopal
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 03:41 IST

The finest human being and the best citizen of India! millions and millions of people love you sir! our respects to you ever!

from:  Ammu
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 03:06 IST

Exactly what makes Kalam be the object of benefit of all this hysteria now is not clear. But it is good thing he doesn't want to stand. Hope he doesn't change his mind like the Indian Govt does after rising petrol prices. My choices for President would be Gopal Gandhi (political mind with good integrity) or E Sreedharan (leadership in infrastructure development and high integrity).

from:  ashokr
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 02:30 IST

Abdul Kalam lost my respect for waiting this long to say that he doesn't want to be a candidate for the Presidential election. I thought he was a better man. But his haggling and indecision makes him another stupid politician. Shame on him!

from:  Smith Johnson
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 02:04 IST

Words are easy to say but difficult to understand .Eyes tearing but mind saying He done right.what about heart that just hoping to feel new era which is fading now!

from:  Pawan Kumar
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 01:59 IST

I really appreciate Dr. Kalam's move and infact it should be an eye opener to every citizen in India. He made a very good move which I was expecting.

from:  Dr. K L N Deepak
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 01:18 IST

Its so unfortunate that the parties declare his name without meeting him to convey their views and take his decision into consideration. It shows that we are having no human values at all. Its the great of Kalam Saab refused politely, otherwise if its any other politician would have run door to door for support. Thanks to Kalam sir for showing your simplicity and honesty be refuse it politely.

from:  kumar
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 00:50 IST

There is a silver lining on all these. Over the course of decades the thinking of the presidential contenders have been so transparent that different political parties have favoured different contenders. Evidently the contenders for the highest office have not said one thing and did another thing with the view to deceive the electorate. Will our other elected officials such as MLAs, MPs etc. be so transparent instead of switching parties like changing the shirts ?

from:  T.S.Krishnaswamy
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 00:44 IST

India does not deserve Kalam. That is why he will not even be a candidate. This was predicted by the TAROTforHEADLINES blog, which also predicted that Greece would not leave the Euro (which is now turning out to be true).

from:  Navin Yogi
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 00:41 IST

The fear of defeat, troubles even an intellect, honest and adorable personality. This is the political circus. Why can't we stand up...? Dear voters you have the power to change...Hats off to US presidential election....All the voices been heard only in that democracy, to select the right person to the right job.....nowhere else. This country needs another individual of simplicity, with no affiliations to any political party but with only one my country, and never back off or betray for personal gains.

from:  johnson
Posted on: Jun 19, 2012 at 00:18 IST

I respect the decision taken by Hon'ble Kalam Sir. The responsibility of choosing a right president lies in us, the citizens of India, who in turn go and cast vote on election day. This itself reveals that unless the voter is aware and informed about his own good and his country nothing can be changed. Hope this era of dirty politics ends soon and may dream of Dr. Kalam a developed India by 2020 turn in reality.

from:  Jaydeep Wader
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 23:45 IST

Mr Kalam was made scapegoat by greedy and corrupt politians. He has been played down by corrupt politicians which he had realized eventually. It is good for Mr. Kalam to focus on what has been doing, channelize his thoughts and energy into something bigger and important than just holding a place in president's house. He may not be given the post but he would remain among number 1 role model for this generation and remain architect of modern India. GOOD DECISION :-)

from:  Azhar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 23:42 IST

Former President Abdul Kalam has done himself and the country a favor by withdrawing from what threatens to be an acrimonious contest. Having enjoyed universal acclamation in his career, Dr. Kalam deserves the same in retirement. Controversial assignments at home or abroad should be avoided. It is unfortunate that the convention of a bi-partisan candidate has been dropped. Pranab Mukerjee as a senior politician is bound to attract many friends and inevitably some adversaries. That the latter should come from his home state is unexpected and unusual, but the mercurial Ms. Mamata Bannerjee is an unusual personality. If the BJP agrees, a Pranab-Sangama ticket, though weighted to the East, may gather near-unanimous support. It might bring to boil the inner contradictions between TMC and Congress, but such a contingency, it appears, would have to be faced sooner or later.

from:  Thiru V. Ramakrishnan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 23:38 IST

The whole world knows that 'THE GREAT COUNTRY INDIA' is democratic HAHAHAHAHA but we indian know we are fooling them. INDIA Who's care what the country want .Today the whole country want to see KALAM as a president but in our so-called GREAT DEMOCRACY not even a single political party thinking from mango-people's point of view.

from:  abhishek
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 23:37 IST

Wise choice. He will ever be our most revered president of all times. But we still miss you Dr.Kalam.

from:  Senthil Natarajan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 23:34 IST

I am really disappointed sir. People like mulayam playing dirty politics.His on camera behavior is this so horrible, within hours he switch's side we could only think what sort a person he is off seen

from:  dipak singh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 23:33 IST

Finally the congress supremo's wish won against majority of people's wish. Instead of people's PEOPLE'S PRESIDENT a PUPPET is going to adorn our supreme position. This is a kind of Autocracy. We can't any more boast our country as the largest democracy. If it is going like that way PUPPETS will adorn most of our important chairs.

from:  Rajesh P R
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 23:20 IST

this shows how much a human being can be obsessed with his own desires and ambition. How we simply put aside all our ideals when it comes to fulfillment of our desire. Mukherjee may do some justice to the post of President but not with the millions heart who wants to see Kalam as our beloved President. Both of them are not going to do any miracle by holding that post. But chosing Mukherjee in place of Kalam is certianely not justice with the Indian diaspora.

from:  sonu
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 23:18 IST

Although it pains me to see that Dr. Kalam will not be the president of India once more, I admit that the great man took a great decision. As always, the wishes of the people have no weight with the current government and hence it is so - interests of the nation, it seems, have no priority. Perhaps we don't deserve Dr. Kalam in the first place. Sad but true.

from:  Prasoon Shukla
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 23:13 IST

It is a pity that the Presidential Post is also now a part of filthy politics. We as a country have truly lost any resemblance of pride. Dr. Kalam is a clean proud Indian who should have continued as a President. It is sad, the party that played a big role in making India independent is infested with back boneless corrupt people.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 22:49 IST

its a good decision kalam sir,thank you..

from:  sowndari
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 22:39 IST

dear Kalam Sir, its a battle.. don't leave your weapons down and let the bad things happen...just for the sake of us please fight this battle and all our support is with u...please change ur decision..

from:  Ashish
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 22:38 IST

Thanks for not coming into this dirty politics.U r always in our hearts sir.

from:  ranjith
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 22:31 IST

At last Dr Kalam has taken correct decision. But he should have announced it much earlier.It gives the impression that he has made up his mind to withdraw only after knowing his chances are not bright. As former president of this country he should not have given room for speculation.

from:  swaminathan k
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 22:27 IST

what is the reason for ms j jayalalitha not supporting kalam being from tamilnadu???

from:  suji
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:55 IST

It was sad to hear, but good decision taken by our former president.Our politics became worse, even though he wanted to change them it's not happened nowadays. So Kalam sir had to inspire the youth, it's better to be out of politics.

from:  P.Pavani
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:38 IST

Kalam should be Prime Minister..nothing less !

from:  Binu
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:31 IST

India does not deserve a candidate like Dr.Kalam. We need backbone less presidents like Pratiba, Giri, Sanjeev Reddy, Zail Singh and God knows what more to come. Pranab M who meant that there was no need to expose those who have Swiss account happens to be the presidential choice. What a curse.

from:  P V Iyer
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:30 IST

Very good decision you have taken not to fight election of the president. We salute your decision. The congress wants a yes man only for this post.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:24 IST

sir listen to your conscience..but we miss a good leader like you to our country and to this frustrating political leadership.

from:  swapna
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:23 IST

The Presidential post is the non political post According to our constitution and every one should give the importance to this post and try to avoid to field up this post by a politician but the last two decades the congress party fill this post to their congress leaders like that Honorable Pratibha Devi sigh Patil and the 2nd Pranab mukhrjee so this not fare for our Presidential Election If this trained will be adopted than the presidential Post will also be corrupted , which govt. want to and the Dr. APJ . Abdul Kalam is a respected person not in our country but also the foreigners ,so we should respect the presidential post and heartily request to Dr. Kalam for contest the 2nd term the Presidential Election the whole country support You . Thank 'U' Sir

from:  Randhir Kumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:20 IST

If people are to vote directly to elect our President, then Kalam will be the clear winner without any doubt. All the others will loose the deposit.

from:  Panchu
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:19 IST

Very wise decision.....Once again proved the fact that there is no place for wise men in Indian Politricks......

from:  Manoj K R
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:12 IST

It's is very sad our former President APJ Abdul kalam not to contest in presidential elections. If kalam sir become President, he definitely changes our country. He is the icon of our country

from:  ramya
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:08 IST

Shri Abdul Kalam is a perfect embodiment of the grace and dignity that should accompany the President's office. The opposition has lost a perfect opportunity to show a united front and humiliate the Congress party. Though Mukherjee is the best choice for the President's office, an opponent like Kalam would have definitely generated a lot of support among the common man. Moreover, even if he had lost, it would have generated a lot of disregard for the Congress party. Shri Kalam has once again shown that he is above petty politics and he is a true statesman. He has once again stalked a claim to be the best President India ever had. Mamata Bannerjee would have been much better off if she had supported Shri Kalam rather than raising such an absurd idea of Shri Manmohan for the President. Rather, if she had supported Shri Kalam, the Congress would have also been in a bit of a quandry and considering the political climate, maybe we would have seen Shri Kalam in the President's office.

from:  J Joseph Tharun
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:08 IST

It's so unfortunate that he is totally fed up with rule of the central government (UPA II). The question is "Is there anyone who can bring out glory of India among the universe."

from:  Srijith G.
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 20:06 IST

Corrupt Congress will have to pay heavy price in 2014 election by not electing Dr. Kalan as president.

from:  N.Pradhan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:59 IST

Decisions though late, is appropriate...on part of a person of Kalaam`s caliber.....

from:  Manish
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:58 IST

Dr,Kalam who is regarded as the best President of India we ever had,has taken a right decision to not to contest the election,he will be regarded for this wise decision. He as usual call the student community of India and shape them at par with the developed nations. And this is not wise for team Anna to poke their nose un-necessarily into this Presidential election.

from:  V.Shanmuganathan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:55 IST

Whatever be the motives and calculations, the choice of the new head of the republic of India, is too serious and critical. At this juncture, Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam's decision not to be a candidate is a wise one and also there is no alternative to Ms Mamata Banerjee to promote the candidature of Hon'ble Union Finance Minister Mr.Pranab Mukherjee for the Presidential post is the best in all respects.

from:  Shaik.Rafeeq Ahamed
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:53 IST

it is indeed a sad news,I expected that Mr Kalam should be the President.But I am sure that he will be the President at 2018 to complete the VISION 2020.we miss a great and uncorrupted leader.

from:  Ganesh Narayanan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:51 IST

Its very unfortunate dat our country is gonna have a president whose is another controlled ROBO, who IS PROVEN worthless as a finance minister. So now we have a clear picture that what he ll do as a president!!!! NOTHING !!!!!.... DR KALAM SIR PLS RECONSIDER UR DECISION .SAVE INDIA :(

from:  Esha Grover
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:51 IST

Good decision sir. Not president but you should come as prime minister as it is much needed that the man with a vision like yours take the charge of this great nation which is ruined by current political system. We need you at the top post but it should be powerful. Thanks

from:  imran
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:49 IST

In India only evil wins against good. This is one such example.

from:  venky
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:41 IST

I see no reason as to why shouldn't we support Mr. Mukherjee, he is a veteran politican, he is a man who has won elections upholding the dignity of the law of the land. With due respect, the missile man of India was and is great at his job- " SCIENCE" , let him do what he is best at, why drag his name ? Today , all you guys support Dr.Kalam, tomorrow if Anna and Swamy comes out with some kind of weird allegations against Dr. Kalam, then again the public if India will call Dr. Kalam , a mute spectator, mature Indian people, think twice, let the politician handle the berth of the President. Pranab Mukherjee is the best choice as of now.

from:  vickeylepcha
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:33 IST

Would have been much better if only he had opted out of the race the very moment his name started going rounds in the country.It looks as if he also had an inking to occupy the Raisina Hill again, given a chance.In this issue he also acted like a cat on the wall watching the developments and only after being convinced of his sure defeat if there was a contest,he has now stated that he is not in the fray.In his own words he has asserted that he has taken this decision after looking at the issue in its totality and in view of the prevailing political situation!.While this is the clear reason for him to back out from the race,where is the question of this being a conscientious decision as claimed by him? I sincerely feel even if there was a slender chance for him to win the race, Kalam would have definitely preferred to contest the election. No doubt we have a great respect for Dr.Kalam and it is better we put a stop to the Kalam episode as far as the Presidential preference is concerned.

from:  Tharcius S.Fernando
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:33 IST

I salute Dr Kalam for his right decision but you are the perfect person I have my seen My Days you sir just a legend you are just wonderful salute to you!

from:  Rashmiranjan Nayak DKL
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:33 IST

A Request to all citizens of India, Please pack your bags and try to get out of the country as soon as possible. No good things are happening in this great country.

from:  smkumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:24 IST

Kalamji taken wise decision, for not taking part in the election of president by the majority of selfish politicians, who take less care of Indian welfare.

from:  N. Chockalingam
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:20 IST

we want abdulkalam sir

from:  anil
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:17 IST

People needed Dr Kalam.But people's representatives looked after their own interests and ignored the sentiments of people. The selection of presidential nominees has become a complex one.There are a lot of hidden agendas.Some one who has looted govt money wants to come out of CBI net.His political rival in the state also has the same agenda.She has to be in the same camp.Some secular champion,even while sharing power with 'communal' elements,wants to be seen as differing with his partner to remain in power.A king maker is forced to nominate a person whom she doesn't trust.The Drama will continue.Corrupt regime will continue.

from:  S.Srinivasan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:17 IST

I think it was the talk of Hamid Ansari being offered a second shot at Vice-Presidency in the interests of Muslim vote bank preservation that disgusted Dr Kalam. He carries a lot of weight but he is no street fighter. Normally he would have posed a real threat to the credibility of Pranab Mukherjee as President, since the President's credibility depends partly on the depth of his electoral strength. I wouldn't put it past the Congress with its array of stalwarts like Digvijay Singh and Kapil Sibal, not to mention Chiddu, to have LEANED on Dr Kalam not to contest so as to split the opposition votes, clearing the way for Pranab Mukherjee.

from:  Aritra Gupta
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:16 IST

this is sad news all indians.

from:  madhu
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:14 IST

Dr.Kalam has proved once again he is a good decision maker. even though we people support him.this becomes effective only for a direct election. by critically analyzing the present political scenario his decision is good.anyways we are missing a good leader.

from:  siva shankar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:14 IST

The ruling Congress wants a rubber stamp and for that , Mr. Pranab Mukherjee is a apt choice. If a person like Mr. Kalam comes to that position it will create unnecessary problems for the congress who are now corrupt from top to bottom.

from:  shejuguru
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:14 IST

Respected Kalam sir When your consience does not permit you to contest, you need not go against it and fall into the dirty politics

from:  K.Venkataraman
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:10 IST

I am overwhelmed by the responses to the article. Every single one backing Dr. Kalam. It is a wise decision, a conscious one and a righteous one. Qualities that does not belong politicians like Pranab. Indeed another opportunity lost by UPA to think for the country. My only wish is that the UPA and the Gandhi family be decimated in the next elections. Making populism core agenda is one thing these people have ruined the country. There isn't a single institution in the country that has not been crippled by this admin. Be it CBI, EC, Armed forces, CAG, CVC, Lokpal, Lokayuktha, PM, now Pres ...

from:  Vijay
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:07 IST

Dr. Kalam is a great visionary. He could see all the melodrama going on to seek the power. It goes without saying, there is no one of Dr. Kalam's stature for this position. Secondly, Dr. Kalam is already working for the national without such a position. He is not greedy like all others, such as Pranab, who want to be a President due to political interest of his party. I salute Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam! You are second great person after Mahatma Gandhi in recent history of India.

from:  Mukesh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:05 IST

Sir, please consider your decision once again for the sake of millions of people who want a better future. Politics in India has become a dirty business and someone has to clean it. Sir, you have done it in past and you can do it again. Please contest.

from:  Nikhil Aggarwal
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 19:00 IST

Earlier announcement of this stand might have avoided many confusions.

from:  subramaniam
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:55 IST

Now that the best candidate has refused to contest, all parties except Congress should support the second best candidate i.e. Shri Sangma. Leaving the field open for Shri Mukherjee, a tainted person as per the Anna team, is not good for democracy in India.

from:  N.R Singh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:44 IST

I salute Dr Kalam for his right decision to become President of Bharat by contesting and canvassing support. The political parties have unnecessarily dragged his name without his consent and caused avoidable embarrassment not only to the great Scientist but also to the scores of his admirers. At the same time, had he become a candidate by consensus, our country, particularly, the next generation, would have greatly benefitted under his leadership and Dr Kalam would have been hailed as an avathara of Vivekananda at the present moment of country's turmoil both economically & morally. Thus it is a great misfortune for the country's growth & future. However, the country can continue to draw inspiration & seek guidance through Dr Kalam's youthful spirit & vision without any political pressure or hindrance. The old saying that politics is fit for crooks has been again proved as far as our country is concerned.

from:  SR Sankaran
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:44 IST

Dr. Kalam must become Prime Minter, rather than President. So that he and his cabinet like him can bring about some active change to the country. Will this be a dream or a dream come true?

from:  Dhamodahran
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:43 IST

It's sad to hear but our former president Mr. Kalam has rightly opted out. With dirty politics all around, they will try to tarnish his image as well.

from:  Amit
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:42 IST

It is good decision of Kalam garu that not to contest in president elections.Because at this present political situation may burst out the image of him.

from:  mvinaykumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:41 IST

There are 2 major parties from Tamilnadu, both of them NOT supported proven & talented presidential candidate from Tamilnadu. Where is their fighting spirit of fighting for issues like water disputes. Recently they given a grand welcome for Raja. In kaliyuga people's role model is Raja kind of characters not Kalam. Our people is not understanding by promoting such nonsense parties and politicians they are not only looting the money also cutting the moral values of our culture.

from:  Mark Antony
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:36 IST

By opting out of Presidential Election race Dr. Abdul Kalam has once again proved that he is beyond politics. He is an icon of India and does not require rewards, position, authority etc. We always admire you, love you and support you.

from:  Jaferrulla
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:29 IST

NDA will regret soon for this act or at least in 2014 general elections when president of India will ask again congress to form govt even falling short of clear majority by forming alliances !

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:19 IST

It is beyond any doubt, Dr. Kalam would have been our President if all the political parties agreed. Because, this is an indirect election by the MLAs' and MPs'. So, in spite of the common peoples wish HE is not going to contest. Had this been a direct election we are sure he would have got at least 75p.c.votes. Our political system sometimes does not reflect peoples mood. That is the irony.

from:  Subir C. Dhole
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:16 IST

Abdul kalam sir have good mission about how to develop so sad thing what happens now .But now also kalam sir taking good decision as an indian how to importance to others.He is a great man.

from:  jyothi
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:16 IST

Congress will never let honest people to hold any important posts. I am shocked to see the state of the nation which we vehemently call democratic. Congress can play its games it wants but president as such does not have any great powers and roles to play barring the prestegeous name assosiated with the designation. Atleast the world will look at us and wont mock again that another corrupt person holds the greatest post in India.

from:  Satyan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:13 IST

Good decision, whatever be the reasoning of Dr Kalam be. BJP wanted him to be the candidate only because he was the president selected by them and congress was not supporting him. If congress had initially proposed his name BJP may not have supported him as he is a non political person. These parties are interested in an individual only if it serves their interests.

from:  K N Unni
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:11 IST

A whole and very great personality of India Dr.A.P.J.Kalam has actually disappointed about dirty politics which there in country Hence He might have refused the offer by BJP but it will honor for India if he represents our Nation

from:  Kiran Dahifale
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:11 IST

Dr. Kalam's decision comes as a disappointment to all of his ardent fans. Nevertheless, he has made a good decision by refusing to yield to temptation, by declining to 'contest' the presidential elections. It is really unfortunate that an immensely popular candidate with the masses and who would have been an activist president (as against the proverbial rubber-stamp)has been forced to withdraw from the contest.It is a sad day for the Indian Republic and the system of 'indirect elections' for the Head of State needs to be given a re-look..

from:  Prakash
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:11 IST

India, with its present dismal political picture, just don't deserve someone as good and dignified person like Kalam Sir. This is really unfortunate, but I still respect Kalam Sir's decision. He is and always will be an inspiration for millions.

from:  Rahul Goyal
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:08 IST

Like all wise men, Dr Kalam has taken the right decision. there is no point in lowering your dignity and respect, just to cater to the whims and fancies of the politicians. Let him not fall a prey to it. It will be in the fitness of things that our PM calls him up and thank him for his decision.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:06 IST

Dr. Kalam has demonstrated once again that he is a great person. How many people - whether they are ordinary citizens or politicians or leaders listen to their conscience? Most politicians have no conscience at all.

from:  Sathya
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:03 IST


from:  niharika bansal
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:01 IST

Sir, Kindly consider ur proposal once again for the sake of millions of young indians dreaming about the country's future.

from:  Godishala Ravi kumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 18:01 IST

Its very sad news & bad day for younger generation like us as Kalam opting not to contest. I request Kalam to contest presidential election and all the political parties should support him.We love Dr. Kalam, We request him to contest again for 2nd term. He is the man could give right reputation to India in Global community.Mukherji is number one politician, we don't like him.

from:  G. Ravi kumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:59 IST

It's rather unfortunate to loose a person who has vision for this Country. But politics is politics, UPA clearly know that it would be a hard time for it to come into power in 2014. So, atleast congress wants one top poistion to be filled by their candidate because that would serve their purpose and plans the days after 2014. In politics this kind of drama's will happen and if we(Indians) need a caliber candidate like Dr. Kalam we should have the guts to change the politics and it's structure in this country. It's possible only if young indians enter this ambit of politics and change the rules of the game. Best wishes to Kalam and let us respect his decision.

from:  Aditya
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:57 IST

Mr. Kalam would contest only when there is surety about his victory. Basically he doesn't want any contest. He should have said 'no' from the beginning. Is he testing the water before entering? That doesn't go well with his stature.

from:  ram
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:57 IST

..and everything goes the Congress way. All is well. Come on friends, lets hit a multiplex, watch a not-so-porn bollywood movie. Enjoy the commercialized cricket.

from:  Raja Pamarthi
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:42 IST

I am not surprised with Dr. Kalam's decision on opting out of Presidential Post. Rather as per his earlier stand of greater political concensus, he should have immediately cleared this once congress proposed Mr. Pranab Mukharjee's name. the only reason behind his set back was fear of loosing owns credibility by loosing the election. I also don't know why our young generation is over enthusiastic on re-electing Kalam for the president. He is a well respectable scientist no doubt but during his earlier term i dont find any achievement as President except getting clicked with school children and having tea at some dhaba. What was his pro active action when Country saw most brutal riots in Gujarat? or any tough decision he took during his tenure?

from:  Ravindra Kadam
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:41 IST

Probably the tightest slap on the face of those politicians who are eyeing for President's house because it has grand gardens. Mr. Kalam is the man of the millenium. I haven't seen Gandhi but, he might have looked like him.

from:  Gyan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:40 IST

a correct decision.he had not played into the hands of willy greedy politicians. thank this decision dr.kalam has retained his image. hats off to him

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:37 IST

Dear Kalam Sir , you are the real President and Role Model in the millions of Indian's Hearts and we will not encourage any Politician to became President of India . just because of majority some can be a if President.

from:  Bhanu
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:36 IST

This was bound to happen. Dirty polititians and blindly following people. He was the one ever deserved to be the president of India. we have no future as a country. I blame All the educated people in India. We All live will 'chalta hai' attitude. Shame on us All.

from:  Saju
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:34 IST

Thank you very much Sir for your sagacious decision. Now that Dr Kalam has said it, the DMK Leader, Mr M Karunanidhi can heave a sigh of relief, for there shall be no 'kalaham'

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:31 IST

Sir, We love you and you have taken a very good decision by not contesting in this election. congress has played a dirty game and diched 120 crores people's dream. Kalam Sir you will be in the hearts of every Indian citizen.

from:  ravindra
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:30 IST

UA very bad time for India. Kalam's decision not to contest and allow one of the 'gang of four' of EMERGENCY to become President is really a bad omen.God save our children

from:  appan.r.varma
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:28 IST

BJP never found a single contest person from their party, why they play with kalam only. why kalam take this stand that if winning is possible he contest otherwise not. anonymes victory policy is easy policy and it is suit for every one. if kalam want to serve this country really he should contest and convert into victory.

from:  mohamed ilyas
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:20 IST

dr kalam cleared his stand at the very beginning. it was clear that after mulayam's reversal, gaining 51 percent vote is impossible, still then some politician's voluntarily appeal and campaigning in favour of kalam, ignoring his stand. i could not understand how these people became so big politicians. On the contrary mr pa sangma voluntary offering himself as candidate knowingly his defeat, but he is being ignored by these politicians. SURPRISING.

from:  a k gupta
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:12 IST

Petty politics by the parties all across the nation. DMK and NCP even said 'whoever UPA nominates, we support them' That itself indicates how irresponsible they are towards the country. To save their kids from the CBI and the Courts??

from:  Raja Pamarthi
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:09 IST

It is a very sad news for millions of Indians.He is the right person for the president post.But our very dirty politics never ever allowing the right people for the right post. what we can do.........we are helpless.Only we can pray to god.I hope some good things will happen.

from:  Nebu John
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:07 IST

Dr Abdul Kalam Azad is a giant among pigmies. Like Mahatma Gandhi, he doesn't need any official position to rouse nation's conscience. He should take up the cause of elimination of corruption in public life in India and all over the world. He has millions of followers, from all political affiliations, ready to make sacrifices in the service of the motherland.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:06 IST

It is sad to know our great former president's decision. But his decision under current political situation is correct. Younger generation really missed his service again as a President of India.

from:  Dr. B. Babu Madhavan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:03 IST

Hats of to Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam. India is indeed proud to have a man of his stature.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 17:02 IST

Hats off to Dr A P J Abdul Kalam for his judicious decision. Politics in Delhi is not for a person of Dr Kalam's stature. He is heads and shoulders above any leader of India today. He should not sully his image by contesting this election for the sake of Mamata Banerjee or any one else. Even Karunanidhi and Jayalalitha did not think of supporting him, a Tamil. I bow to your excellent decision, Sir. You should walk with your chin and chest up as a great leader of 21st century India. I salute you, Sir.

from:  Chennaivaasi
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:59 IST

Dear Sir, We are not only love and having affection with you, we all need you to lead the country in right way. If you deny, its a major set back to the country. We are really very sad about your decision. This is the right time to lead the 120 crore people. If 120 crore people, forget about politician, believes you why not. Oh. my god. Please reconsider sir. If you believe the proverb 'makkal theerpe makesan theerpu', you have to contest. God with us.

from:  Thiruppathi
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:57 IST

You are great personalities and you have prove it by not fascinated by the opportunity politicians fray.

from:  HajaMohideen
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:57 IST

Whether or not, he makes it to the Rashtrapati Bhawan, he remains an honorary President and continues to inspire a billion plus brains of this nation.

from:  Suryakant
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:55 IST

while APJ as president he did not like big house and he entering and coming from rashtrapati bhavan with single suitcase only...we missed good politician also...First upon all politicians should be taught by Apj Abdul kalam...

from:  veerakumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:55 IST

It is great to learn that Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam chose not to contest the presidiential elections. Personalities of his stature should not become a victim of political gimmickry. If Mr. Kalam chooses to contest and loss the election, whose chances are very bright, he will only make himself an object of sympathy in the eyes of the people of india. You did absolutely the right thing Dr. Kalam.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:55 IST

sir kalam is pride of our nation and a fare past .

from:  satyender pandey
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:54 IST

This is called greatness. You are great Kalam Sir. You shouldn't contest the election.You again proved that you are above the materialistic world. I pray the Almighty to give you a long life so that you will ignite billions of minds in the future also. Satata Pranam.

from:  Prajna Prasad Sravan Kumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:52 IST

Wright decision Mr. Kalam - better to avoid dirty politics.

from:  Sivakumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:50 IST

One more feather in the cap of Mr.Kalam !!

from:  Rajesh
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:49 IST

Dr A.P.J.Abdulkalam was godson to our India he was very highly educator but also he was one of the scientist of our India.Already A.P.J.Abdul kalam was work to us as president so if i has a vote to elect the president i surely elect the A.P.J.Abdulkalam. so i am happy when A.P.J.Abdulkalam was elected to the president.

from:  guttha venkata sesharao
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:45 IST

We indians are glad to see once again Sir APJ Kalam in the most valued position. Earlier As he played a most remarkable role in youngsters.

from:  Shahid
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:42 IST

Dr. Kalam's decision is indeed in the right direction. The contest should now be between Pranab da and Sangmaji. And a wishful thinking is that those who vote should do as they wish and not as party leadership's diection. Only that's democratic!

from:  Krishnan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:39 IST

This puts seal on the total lack of ideas, strategy and leadership in BJP.

from:  Anil P.
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:37 IST

Very Good decision sir ! Salute to you!!

from:  Balaji
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:35 IST

A wise decision taken by Mr Kalam. Not being a pawn in the political games being played.

from:  Manohar Bajaj
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:32 IST

Vidhura abandoned his weapons seeing the atrocious ways of Duryodhana which was not saddled by love-blind Dritarashtra. But did it serve the purpose? It is only the befitting moves by Krishna that did him in the end. And Mr.Kalam is no novice.

from:  shanthanu
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:31 IST

Dear Kalam sir, Always, you are the real President and Role Model in the millions of Indian's Hearts.

from:  Mohideen AK
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:31 IST

people's choice lost to bloody politics...sad news for the people of India (including me)

from:  yash
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:31 IST

Sir, Let anybody be elected as president. People will always remember you and 'only you' as the President.

from:  Prathap Kotagiri
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:29 IST

It 's indeed great to resist temptation; In the last election,he gave in and lost; Alas for the incumbent President who was elected unanimously. I feel good that he did not fall prey to petty politics of our present day politicians

from:  R.Dhanasekaran
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:25 IST

We lost the good opportunity to select Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam as our President. Our future generation will curse on us. This is the way Congress plays dirty politics. If Pranbda is there as President, he can help Sonia or his son to become PM even if they are short by majority.

from:  SRI
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:25 IST

wise decision in present circumstances,if at all had he accepted to run for presidential election it might have created rift between upa allies and certainly some political turmoil. Kalam sir, stays ever for ever in our peoples heart. Love you abdul kalam sir...

from:  sreeanjaneyulu challa
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:24 IST

a right decision made by Sir Kalam. the present political situation is all about corruption.., so as a well wisher i support Sir kalam's decision..,

from:  uday
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:21 IST

He is right. There is no need to join the race which already has a pre-decided winner.

from:  valmiki
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:21 IST

we want Kalam is president of India...

from:  sai
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:21 IST

No, Kalam Sir you are requested to contest in the presidential elections.The following request is not only from me but from a major no. of citizens of India.We cannot see anyone else except you in the Presidential post.You are the correct president.You deserve that post.It is a kind request from all the students of India.

from:  S S Nandan
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:20 IST

Thanks Dr. Kalam for not becoming scapegoat of these greedy politicians. You have already earned the topmost position in our hearts. We love you, respect you and follow you. This was only expected from you.

from:  Arjun
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:19 IST

Shame on you Nitish for not supporting kalaam. You have proved that you are no better than Lallu in corruption or supporting a corrupt person for president.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:16 IST

Excellent decision, this is what I expected from a stateman like Mr.Abdul Kalam, I had expressed the same views last week itself in this platform, but I think Hindu didn't post it for the reasons known to them. The political parties which showed some interest to field Mr.Kalam done it because for their selfishness only. They think that there by they can get some votes, that is 100% true. Thanks Mr.Kalam for not falling into these selfish peoples net.

from:  Thiravidamani
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:14 IST

Mr.Kalam is really a genius in every aspect.Hats off!

from:  shalini
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 16:08 IST

I think Mr Kalam's decision is very good. As person of his stature must be a candidate based on consensus only. But our beloved politicians must have someone better than him in their mind for India.

Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:59 IST

We should have elected him unanimously. It is bad that we have not shown that courtesy to Mr. Kalam.

from:  C S Sundaresha
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:58 IST

Its very sad news & bad day for younger generation like us as Kalam opting not to contest. I request Kalam to contest presidential election and all the political parties should support him.We love Dr. Kalam, We request him to contest again for 2nd term. He is the man could give right reputation to India in Global community.Mukherji is number one politician, we don't like him.

from:  saida
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:57 IST

Salute to this leader who has given great value to the POST he was. The polititians are aiming for 2014 Polls and try to play with his posture. He has taken good decision. Love you Mr. Kalam.

from:  Nazeer
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:55 IST

Sir, Kindly consider ur proposal once again for the sake of millions of young indians dreaming about the country's future.

from:  asokkalidass
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:54 IST

I am saddened to hear that. He could have been a shining light in all this darkness that has descended upon us. People will never forgive congress for systematically ignoring wishes of people..

from:  virender
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:53 IST

Dr.Kalam should contest against Pranab, before that AIADMK and BJD should insist P.A Sangma to leave the way for Dr.Kalam. We have to save our nation from (Corrupt) Congress.

from:  Vasanthakumar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:52 IST

It is a sad day for India, that President Kalam refused what could have been his 2nd term. Seeing all the dirty politics going around, I believe its a diplomatic and magnanimous refusal from him. With what's happening around, I think we as Indians don't deserve good things, good people. It' sad.

from:  Shankar
Posted on: Jun 18, 2012 at 15:50 IST
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