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APJ Abdul Kalam wanted to resign from President’s post in 2006, says his former press secretary

M Khan was delivering a lecture – ‘My Days with the Greatest Human Soul Ever’ at the SOA University when he made these comments.

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam

Former President and nuclear scientist APJ Abdul Kalam, who passed away earlier this year, wanted to resign from his post in 2006, according to a report in an English daily.The former press secretary of APJ Abdul Kalam, SM Khan, said to the daily that Kalam considered resigning after the Supreme Court quashed the presidential proclamation dissolving the Bihar assembly. SM Khan said that Kalam was reluctant to sign the proclamation initially. After then Bihar governor Buta Singh recommended dissolution of the assembly, the Union cabinet approved it and forwarded it to him for approval. When the SC quashed the proclamation, Kalam was apologetic, saying he should have rejected the cabinet’s decision. It was at this time that Kalam thought of resigning, claims SM Khan.<!– Dna_Article_Middle_300x250_BTF –>”He even consulted his elder brother in Rameswaram. But he finally decided against any such step as it would have led to a constitutional crisis,” Khan said to the daily.SM Khan was delivering a lecture – ‘My Days with the Greatest Human Soul Ever’ at the SOA University when he made these comments. Khan also recalled that Kalam was very fond of powerpoint presentations and made former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and his colleagues sit through a 2-hour presentation once. The presentation was about a vision for a developed India in 2020.Incredibly, Khan said that the late President once made then-US President George Bush attend a powerpoint presentation, which the latter did not understand.

Failure a part of life: Modi dishes out success mantras to students during Mann ki baat

Spelling out his tips on handling success and failure, Prime Minister Narendra Modi while congratulating students who passed their CBSE examination, also give them some career advice today.

1 “Dream big and proceed ahead. Success and failure are a part of life.

Suggesting that students must choose their career according to their capabilities, Modi said, “It’s important that you realize your potential, capabilities and choose your path based on that”.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AFPPrime Minister Narendra Modi. AFP

Prime Minister Narendra Modi. AFP

2. Congratulating students who passed the CBSE board exams, Modi sought to encourage those who failed. Talking about how not to get discouraged by failure, Modi urged the students to change themselves through action and hard-work.

Modi even cited APJ Abdul Kalam as a reference in his bid to inspire board exam students. “Former President APJ Abdul Kalam failed to become a pilot but became the President,” said Modi.

3. PM asked students to not get discouraged by picking off-beat career paths.

4.Modi then went on to ask students to keep a diary while travelling, for it is ‘another side of education’. He said students must write about all their experiences while travelling in a diary and share it with the government for it helps the latter to understand their country better.

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