Sharma makes controversial comment about Kalam

18 Sep 2015
Sharma makes controversial comment about Kalam
  • Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma made a controversial statement about former President Kalam.
  • In an interview to a TV channel, he said that despite being a Muslim, Kalam was a great man, a nationalist and a humanist.
  • He was justifying the government's decision of renaming Aurangzeb road to APJ Abdul Kalam road.
  • He said that Kalam was an inspirational man, while Aurangzeb was not.

Opposition objects over Sharma's remarks

20 Sep 2015
Opposition objects over Sharma's remarks
  • Lashing out at Sharma, Congress Spokesperson Shakeel Ahmed said that he had insulted the Muslims of the country.
  • He said it was not right of Sharma to question the patriotism of Muslims who had laid their life for India.
  • AIMIM chief Asaduddin Owaisi condemned Sharma's remarks and asked for his removal from the cabinet.
  • He added that speaking against Muslims was RSS' ideology.

Kalam's family not happy with Modi govt

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Former President Kalam's family was met with disappointment when their request to Home Minister Rajnath Singh about dedicating a Knowledge Centre in memory of Kalam in Delhi was not accepted.

Kalam's house allotted to Culture Minister Sharma

28 Oct 2015
Kalam's house allotted to Culture Minister Sharma
  • The bungalow of former President Kalam was allotted to Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.
  • 10, Rajaji Marg was Kalam's residence after his Presidency ended in 2007.
  • On demands of converting the residence into a memorial, Sharma said that it was the government's policy not to convert any government bungalow into a memorial.
  • He said he had accepted Centre's offer of accommodating the bungalow.

Online petition seeks turning Kalam's house into memorial

28 Oct 2015
Online petition seeks turning Kalam's house into memorial
  • Bhagwan Singh, a senior journalist from Tamil Nadu had filed a petition on the website Change.org.
  • The petition wanted that Kalam's home should to be turned into a Knowledge Centre.
  • The petition says that setting up the 'Dr. Abdul Kalam International Knowledge Centre' at his residence would serve as a universal destination for scholars.
  • The petition was signed by 1980 supporters.

AAP criticizes Kalam's bungalow allotment to Mahesh Sharma

29 Oct 2015
AAP criticizes Kalam's bungalow allotment to Mahesh Sharma
  • The Aam Aadmi Party has criticized the Centre for allotting Former President APJ Abdul Kalam's bungalow to Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma.
  • They said the comments made by Sharma on Kalam in September were censurable.
  • AAP said the Centre had insulted the late President by not converting his residence into a Knowledge Centre.
  • The house has to be vacated by 31 October 2015.

Govt clarifies allocation of Kalam's house

29 Oct 2015
Govt clarifies allocation of Kalam's house
  • Issuing a clarification over Kalam's residence-allotment, Centre cited a SC judgment of 5 July 2013, in which it ruled that no government bungalow should be converted into a memorial.
  • Centre said that Mahesh Sharma did not have an official accommodation and it was allotted to him on vacation-basis.
  • Government said it had already decided to build a memorial for Kalam at Rameswaram, Kalam's birthplace.

Kalam's grand-nephew quits BJP over bungalow row

23 Nov 2015
Kalam's grand-nephew quits BJP over bungalow row
  • Former president APJ Abdul Kalam's grand nephew allegedly quit the Bharatiya Janata Party over differences with the party over Kalam's bungalow.
  • Syed Ibrahim (aka Sheikh Salim) argued that the Central government had abandoned the demand of the public.
  • He said that public opinion was one on the decision to convert Dr Kalam's bungalow into a knowledge centre in Delhi.

Memorial for APJ Kalam to come-up at Dilli Haat

5 Apr 2016
Memorial for APJ Kalam to come-up at Dilli Haat
  • Delhi government announced that a memorial for former President APJ Abdul Kalam will soon come up at INA Dilli Haat.
  • Tourism Minister Kapil Mishra revealed that he'd be travelling to Rameshwaram (Kalam's birthplace) to bring back the belongings of Dr. Kalam (books, veena and spectacles).
  • These belongings will be kept inside the Delhi Assembly till July 27 and then moved to Dilli Haat.