Special Correspondent

SHIMOGA: A true teacher in the former President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam came alive in full play on Friday.

It looked like a classroom with Dr. Kalam eliciting inquisitive questions from the receptive children.

The occasion was the decennial ceremony of the Jnanadeepa School of the Sri Aurobindo Foundation for Education (SAFE) at Javalli near here which he addressed as the chief guest.

The questions posed to him by students ranged from terrorism, importance of science and technology to the menace of corruption.

A student Pranav Sastry posed a question to Dr. Kalam. “Is Mahatma Gandhi relevant today when violence and terrorism are on the rise?”

He said: “Mahatma Gandhi is certainly relevant today as much as to his visit to Naukhali in West Bengal in the aftermath of communal flare-up immediately after India’s freedom.”

“He walked freely in the strife-torn streets to appealing to people to shun violence,” he said.

Dr. Kalam said that it was only through non-violence as was preached by Mahatma Gandhi that terrorism could be contained.