A lengthy appeal to Kalam

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EARNESTLY: Pintu Mahakul preparing the letter to President Abdul Kalam in Berhampur on Friday.
EARNESTLY: Pintu Mahakul preparing the letter to President Abdul Kalam in Berhampur on Friday.

Sib Kumar Das

Berhampur youth pens a 141-metre-long letter to the President

  • Letter is homage to the `Vision 2020' of the President
  • Written in English, Oriya, Hindi, Telugu, Sanskrit, Bengali

    BERHAMPUR: It is a far stretched request from a young man to President APJ Abdul Kalam. Pintu Mahakul, a pharmacy student of the city, has written a 141-metre long letter addressed to Mr. Kalam urging him to contest and become the President for a second term.

    Prepared from joined sheets of chart paper this long letter weighs more than 15 kgs. Pintu said its weight would increase further as he was continuing to strengthen the joints through cloth supports.


    It is quite remarkable that this long letter was prepared inside a room having a length of less than three metres and width less than two metres. Pintu, resident of Deogarh district, now resides at a students' mess at Ramnagar area of the city as he studies at a local pharmacy college.

    He toiled for 16 days from February 9 to complete the long letter with a single wish to see Mr Kalam become the President again.

    To substantiate his appeal to Mr. Kalam to contest for a second term, Pintu has tried to make this long letter a homage to the `Vision 2020' of the President. Written in six languages, English, Hindi, Sanskrit, Oriya, Telugu and Bengali this letter contains suggestions and comments on present condition of the country.

    "Only a person like Mr Kalam can understand the aspirations and visions of young generation like me," he said. Pintu has not forgotten to add proposals regarding the pharmaceutical of which he is a part.

    He has urged that there should be separate pharma-university and a separate drug ministry.

    According to him President Kalam was the epitome of communal harmony and Ramrajya that Mahatma Gandhi envisioned and leadership of a person like him can dissuade young generation from issues like Ram temple that divide people.

    Poetic compositions

    This long letter also contains poetic compositions of Pintu in Oriya, Hindi and English in praise of visions of Mr Kalam and his visions for India. Pintu is yet to decide whether he would use the postal department or any courier service to send his weighty letter to Rashtrapati Bahavan.

    It would surely be a heavy job for either postal department or a courier company to carry Pintu's wishes to Mr. Kalam.

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