Nation has lost heavily today, says Modi

Monday, Jul 27, 2015,23:01 IST By metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Expressing deep grief and shock over the sudden death of former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said his departure had left a great void in the country which would be hard to fill.
”The nation has lost heavily today,” the Prime Minister said. In a nationally televised statement, Mr Modi described Dr Kalam as one of the great sons of the nation, and said his tireless and selfless work for the progress of the country and his work as president would continue to inspire future generation.
He said Dr Kalam’s death had pained not only the country, but the scientific community across the world.
”Dr Kalam took India to new heights as a scientist and his life-long efforts to make the country strong was an invaluable asset to the nation,” Mr Modi said.
”Dr Kalam would always say that he was basically a teacher, a professor and teaching was his passion, and today he passed the last day of his life doing a thing most dear to him,” Mr Modi added referring to today’s programme of the former president at IIM in Shillong where he addressed students.
”He was my guide. I got opportunity to work closely with Dr Kalam,” the Prime Minister said. He devoted every single moment of his life to empower the youth.
”The void left by his death would never be filled,” Mr Modi said, adding that words fail him to express his feelings at the passing away of the great son of India.