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Five Months After Demise, Kalam's Grave Languishes Under A 'Make-Shift' Shelter

Rameshwaram; Dec.24: Five months after the entire nation mourned the sudden demise of former President Dr.APJ Abdul Kalam, his remains which were laid to rest at Pei Karumbu burial ground near his hometown Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu, are still awaiting a proper memorial.

Cats and dogs are seen defecating near the 1.5 acre-site with visitors sneaking through barricades and taking photographs near the grave.

Aerospace and defence journalist Anantha Krishnan has started a Facebook campaign called "Justice4GuruKalam" seeking appropriate memorial for the people's President.

"Rameswaram is a cyclone prone area and the temporary structure can fall apart anytime. Why is there a delay in even building a decent structure on his kabr? It is not rocket science," Krishnan says. 

Bharat Ratna awardee Dr. Kalam passed away on July 27, 2015. He was the 11th President of India.

Before becoming the President, Dr. Kalam had spent four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the DRDO and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). 

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