India marks on Wednesday (27) the first death anniversary of former president APJ Abdul Kalam, fondly known as the People’s President, who breathed his last in Shillong last year.
The death of the 83-year-old had sparked a nationwide outpouring of grief as thousands of mourners -- young and old --poured into the island town of Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu to pay their last respects.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi and a host of other dignitaries, including chief ministers of some states, took part in the last rites after ‘Namaz-e-Janaza’.
Kalam, a scientist considered as the father of India’s missile defence programme, was one of India’s most-loved presidents who was especially popular with children.
The Missile Man’s death witnessed a huge outpouring of grief across the nation. In Delhi, thousands waited in the sultry heat for hours to pay their last respects to him. The government declared a national mourning for seven days in his honour.
Here are photos from his life and career as India’s pre-eminent defence scientist and one of the country’s most popular president: