Former APJ chairman Abdul Kalam once canceled a visit to RSS headquarters in Nagpur to attend an event after friends warned him he would be branded an “RSS sympathizer”, claims the book. new “Kalam: The Untold Story”.
The book, written by Mr. Kalam’s personal secretary, RK Prasad, claims that President Kalam’s overturning during the visit “disturbed the RSS leadership” because they arranged and planned the public statements around his visit.
Finally, Mr. Kalam visited RSS headquarters and spoke to participants at an internal training course a month after the date he initially agreed to. However, none of the heads of this organization appeared.
October 15, 2022, marks the 91st anniversary of Mr. Kalam’s birth. An aerospace scientist who served as the President of India from 2002 to 2007, he is considered by many to be the ‘People’s President’.
“In May 2014, our office received an invitation from RSS secretary general Ram Madhav. They wanted the former President to speak to young RSS volunteers at a training camp in the presence of RSS director Mohan Bhagwat”, Mr. Prasad, who served. Mr. Kalam from 1995 as scientific adviser to then-Secretary of Defense until his death in 2015.
“The camp will end on June 12 and they want Mr. Kalam to visit earlier on a date convenient for him. Ram Madhav then visited Mr. Kalam, and it was decided that the former President would attend. program at RSS headquarters on the final day of training camp,” he added.
However, after receiving input and advice from some of his friends, Mr. Kalam changed his mind.
According to Mr. Prasad, he was warned by them that a visit to RSS headquarters would expose him to the label “RSS sympathizer” and “could lead to the organization’s possible misuse of the name of the RSS feeder”. he”.
Not wanting to take the stern advice from his friends, according to the book, Mr. Kalam asked Mr. Prasad to provide an excuse for the organization and said he would be happy to visit 5 days before the said event. .
“I really had a hard time talking to the contact person at RSS. The management was really upset with this abrupt withdrawal as they had arranged and planned the visit publicly. his,” he added.
Notably, former President Pranab Mukherjee attended a first course of “Tritiya Varsh Varg” or Third Year Course organized by RSS at its headquarters in June 2018 despite criticism from Parliament. and members of his family.
Published by Bloomsbury, “Kalam: The Untold Story” throws new light on Mr. Kalam’s relationships with political leaders, including those at the highest levels, and the truth behind some of them. argumentative.
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