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Green 80th Birthday of a Great Leader

October 17, 2011  by: Paulose  Points: 15   Category: Social    Views: 594

Announcing the whole world to enjoy greenery and to promote green world, Abdul Kalam the former scientist President of India celebrated his 80th birthday. He began the project of planting one billion saplings all over the country.


Dr. A PJ Abdul Kalam, the iconic former President of India, celebrated his 80th birthday on 15th October by planting saplings. It was a memorable event in a remote scenic village on the foothills of Western Ghats, eastern border of Tamil Nadu, cheered by hundreds of energetic students who had gathered to celebrate his 80th birthday with a touch of green. Local farmers and other people also joined him in making the day greener by planting saplings.

The 80-year-old "Green Hero" Dr. A PJ Abdul Kalam was felicitated in the function organised by Siruthuli, a Coimbatore city-based green organization which is planting thousands of trees at every function under its "Everywhere Green" project. It was an indelible memory for the thousands of children from various schools who had gathered there and who watched the programs through various channels.

Dream of a life-long scientist

Dr. Kalam had been a life long scientist who played a prominent role in India's 1998 nuclear weapons tests which established him as a national hero. Born on October 15, 1931, he prospered as a scientist and politician. He played a leading role in the development of India's missile and nuclear weapons programs. His patriotism and achievements took him to the highest position as the President of Republic India in 2002.
His dedicated services and addresses called for a nation aspiring to the supremacy of world power. He has always been emphasizing that technology and agriculture should go hand in hand.

A unique birthday program

While cutting the birthday cake Kalam turned emotional and said, "It is a grand and unique event. This is the first time that I am celebrating my birthday in a grand but unique manner, that too in the company of children".

A war for prosperity in the path of Gandhi

To mark his 80 birthday as a war blast Kalam planted a njaval (jamun) sapling, which is said to be the seedling of a tree planted by Mahatma Gandhi when he visited Coimbatore many decades ago. The "Green Army" of Western Ghats hill area presented him with a green shawl made of 80 leaves that was described as "Pasumai Ponnadai" (Green shawl).

Addressing students who had gathered to honor his 80th birthday, Kalam appealed them to dream with high ambitions and he reminded them that he would see many of them walking on the Moon and Mars on his 100th birthday if ever he was alive.

The Siruthuli organization has an project of planting one hundred thousand trees in 2011, since this year has been announced by UNO as the International Year of Forests and it has already planted more than 60,000 saplings in various locations.

Dr. Kalam's birthday is a call to the nation and the world to make every occasion to help human life go green and make life on earth more prosperous.


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