Draft a condolence speech of about 125 words mourning the death of a very important person.
Ladies and gentlemen,
We have gathered here in the tense and gloomy atmosphere to pay our heartiest tribute to Dr. A.P.J. (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen) Abdul Kalam, the Bharat Ratna recipient, whose unexpected death has caused a great shock to all of us. He passed away while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management, Shillong, Meghalaya. We are deeply honoured to pay our humble tribute to President Kalam because he was a true patriot and a great son of mother India. Tears roll down our cheeks when we remember the services rendered by Former President Abdul Kalam, to the Indian culture, science and politics. He was a great supporter of human values and growth as well. He was a veena player too. The President was a veena player and was deeply interested in Carnatic music. He was vegetarian all his life.
Friends!! You know it very well that our Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was popularly known as a Missile man. An aeronautics engineer from Madras Institute of Technology, Kalam was considered the brain of missile programme in India. He was highly respected for his outstanding personality and humanitarian qualities. He used to read the Bhagwat Gita and the Holy Koran regularly. He had a rich knowledge of comparative religion. He was a true secular man who spoke directly, with child-like enthusiasm, to the young. He was a true supporter of advanced India. It was his vision to see India as a developed country. He played a key organizational and technical role in India’s nuclear program.
Dr. Kalam graced the Indian Presidency for five years from 2002-2007. Before that he was a scientist and science administrator for four decades at the state-run Defense Research and Development Organization and the Indian Space Research Organization. He became the 11th President of the country in July 2002 during the NDA Government. President Kalam acted successfully as a constitutional head of the Union Government for five years. Almost from Day One he began to open up the presidency to the people. So he was also known as the peoples’ President. The limited powers which the office of the President of India has were truly utilized by him in national interest. He believed in action and took the office of the President as an opportunity to serve the masses.
He was fond of meeting people particularly children and delivering educational lectures. He was of the opinion that the young people should have courage to think differently, courage to invent, to travel to unexplored path, courage to discover the impossible and conquer the problems and succeed. He wanted the youth to work towards these great qualities. He was a teacher throughout his life. In one of the interviewed he said, “Teaching is a very noble profession that shapes the character, calibre and future of an individual. Youth have a dream and also they have a pain. The pain comes out of their dream; they want to live in a prosperous, happy and peaceful India. This type of student’s environment ignites me and leads me to interact with young minds. He wrote great books like “Wings of Fire”, “Ignited Minds”, “India 2020”, Turning Points” “Forge your Future” etc. His life is a lesson for us.
His sudden demise has left a great vacuum in the country which can never be filled up. We have lost an ideal citizen. He is no more but let us take a vow to accomplish the task that his untimely death has left unfulfilled. We will be said to have paid him true homage when we dedicate ourselves to the tasks he had left undone.
May the Almighty endow eternal peace to his soul! May God empower all of us to bear a great loss!
Sarvatra sukhinah santu, sarve santu niramaya, sarve bhadrani pashyantu, ma kashchid dukhamapyunat.
Om Shanti…. Shanti…. Shanti….