New Delhi | Prime Minister Narendra Modi today paid glowing tributes to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in a newspaper article, saying ”Bharat has lost a Ratna (Jewel)” but the light from this jewel would continue to guide us in realising his vision of India as knowledge superpower in the first rank of nations.
”He is my margdarshak(guide),” as well as of every underprivileged child, the Prime Minister said.
In an article on the editorial page of the Times of India, the Prime Minister said, ”Every great life is a prism and we bathe in those rays that find their way to us. His profound idealism was secure as it rested on foundations of realism.”
Mr Modi said though as bachelor, the President was childless, but he was a father to every Indian child. Teaching, cajoling, urging, exciting, clearing darkness wherever he found it with radiance of his vision and the passion of his involvement.
He said Dr Kalam wanted India to leap out of the underdeveloped trough and eliminate the curse of poverty through inclusive economic growth.
Wisely, he suggested that politicians should spend only 30 per cent of their time on politics, and 70 per cent on development, a suggestion he often followed up by calling MPs from state and discussing the socio- economic issues of their region with them.
”His memory is best honoured by the creation of new institutions that nurture science and technology and enable us to find beneficial equation with awesome power of nature. Too often, greed makes predators of environment,” Mr Modi said.