Five Months After The Demise, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s Grave Languishes In Animal Litter
Late Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam’s burial site at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram stays neglected as the plans for building a memorial is yet to take off.
“There are cats and dogs defecating near the spot, visitors who sneak through barricades and take photographs near the grave. There’s absolutely no system in place and no decorum either,” said former space and defence journalist Anantha Krishnan.
Anantha Krishnan has even started a Facebook campaign called “Justice4GuruKalam” seeking appropriate memorial for the people’s President. “Rameswaram is a cyclone prone area and the temporary structure can fall apart anytime. Why is there a delay in even building a decent structure on his kabr (burial place)? It is not rocket science,” he rued in a statement to the press.
According to Krishnan, several family members of Kalam are also disappointed because ‘many of his family members have been buried at a private place which is maintained by the family. It is only because Kalam was a widely respected public figure that they agreed to have him buried at a spot which people could visit and pay their respects.’But looking at the way his dead body is being kept, or rather unkempt we we should say, his family is asking, “All his life Dr Kalam worked for the country. Is this any way to treat a great leader?”
Only five months ago, the whole nation was in a state of grief over his unfortunate and sudden demise. “The Centre announced a memorial for Kalam in Rameswaram in October following which officials from the defence ministry visited the spot to take measurements. But no development has been made so far. The place is not even being maintained properly with plastic and paper strewn all over the spot. We just hope that the government builds the memorial as soon as possible,” says Kalam’s elder brother’s son Salim.
An online report has claimed that presently animals defecate around the grave, while plastic and paper waste is visible around the area which was supposed to be a memorial. Visitors to the grave slip through the barricades and take pictures with the grave, the report stated. Check out the video and see for yourself.
Cover image source: veritenews.com
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