India mourns passing of Abdul Kalam

Abdul Kalam ‘people’s president’, a national folk hero.

KOLKATA, INDIA - JULY 28: Children pay their tribute to the former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away yesterday, on July 28, 2015 in Kolkata, India. Kalam, who would have turned 84 in October and was the head of state during 2002-07, died after suffering a massive cardiac arrest at the IIM-Shillong on Monday evening. After being airlifted from Shillong to Guwahati in an air force helicopter, the body was flown to Delhi in a special military flight. Named as the Missile Man of India for his contribution to the ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology, he also played a crucial role in nuclear tests at Pokhran in 1998. Kalam was awarded the Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna for his achievements. The government has declared a seven-day national mourning as a mark of respect for Dr Kalam, a renowned missile scientist, who played a stellar role in advancing India's nuclear programme. (Photo by Ashok Nath Dey/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)