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by Shashi Tharoor Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen (APJ) Abdul Kalam, India’s 11th president, who collapsed and died, aged 83, on Monday evening while doing what he loved – addressing students – was an extraordinary Indian. Born in humble circumstances in a Muslim family in rural Tamil Nadu, a young boy who sold newspapers as a …

“Sir you tell me, what will you like to be remembered for? President, Scientist, Writer, Missile man, India 2020, Target 3 billion…. What?” I thought I had made the question easier by giving options, but he sprang on me a surprise. “Teacher”, he said.   It has been eight hours since we last talked – …