New Delhi: He was the man of the generation. Everyone looked upto him for his immense knowledge and guidance but have we ever realised whether the man himself had any regret? Well, the answer is affirmative. Kalam wanted to provide facilities like 24-hour electricity to his parents during their lifetime. But he could not. Kalam’s close aide Srijan Pal Singh, who was with him on his last day, said: “That is I think one regret he always had in his life”.
When asked about Kalam’s last wish, Singh, who co-authored two books with Kalam, told a news agency from Shillong that the former president always wanted a billion smiles on a billion faces in the country. “He wanted rural India to develop and also he kept on talking about youth empowerment. Now his ideas are more alive as the man who was leading it from the front is no more,” he said.
Born on October 15, 1931, Kalam, who occupied Rashtrapati Bhavan in 2002-07 as India’s 11 president, breathed his last at 7.45 pm at the Bethany Hospital where he was rushed to from the IIM where he was delivering a lecture on “liveable planet”.