New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday expressed his deep condolences over the death of former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, saying he was a leading light who will be always remembered for his services to the country.
"India mourns the loss of a great scientist, a wonderful president and above all an inspiring individual. Rest in peace Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam," Modi said.
"My mind is filled with so many memories, so many interactions with him. Always marvelled at his intellect, learnt so much from him," he said.
Modi said Kalam enjoyed being with people and they, in turn, adored him.
"He loved students and spent his final moments among them," the prime minister said, adding that Kalam's work as president, his life and his words have given direction to the country.
"In personal capacity, I have lost a valuable guide. India has lost a great son who worked to make it strong, who spent each moment of his life to empower the youth. I don't think that the void left by the great man will ever be filled."
"I again bow to the work of the great man... I do not have words to say," Modi said.
Kalam, who was India's president from 2002 to 2007, died in a Shillong hospital on Monday evening. He was delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong.