Condoling former President Abdul Kalam’s death on Monday, Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted, “India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful President & above all an inspiring individual.”
President Pranab Mukherjee said in a message, “In his passing away, we have lost a great son of India who dedicated his entire life for the welfare of the motherland and its people. Dr. Kalam was a people’s President during his lifetime and will remain so even after his death.”
Tamil Nadu Governor K. Rosaiah, Chief Minister Jayalalithaa and political leaders condoled the death of Mr. Kalam, on Tuesday.
Mr. Rosaiah said Mr. Kalam’s mission was to network and ignite young Indian minds towards innovation and creativity. Ms. Jayalalithaa said Mr. Kalam was a great inspirational scientist, a beloved son of Tamil Nadu and one of the greatest public figures of post-Independence India.
State mourning The government announced that a seven-day state mourning would be observed throughout the country as a mark of respect to Mr. Kalam. “As a mark of respect to the departed dignitary, 7 days of state mourning will be observed from July 27 to August 2, both days inclusive,” an official statement said.
During the period of mourning, the national flag will fly at half-mast on all the buildings.