30 October, 2020

A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

Knowing Mamata, I am still a bit uneasy (and a bit flattered too) that she wanted me as her candidate...

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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

My secret diary is small, I don’t have that many secrets. Further, I believe ‘small is beautiful’, and hence did not keep a diary when I was the President. The Rashtrapati Bhavan, with its 256 rooms, was too big for me. Believe me, I used only seven rooms in my tenure and one reason I did not want to be president again was that I did not want to waste too much of that space. Let me reflect. I really don’t know why I was dragged into this controversy.

The request, particularly from Mamata Banerjee and some of her political pals, was like a missile with a deadly payload which had gone off course. In the DRDO, we would not have allowed the launching of such a projectile, which proved the superiority of politics over science.

As the offer, moving at supersonic speed, hove into view, I recalled a TV discussion I watched involving Mamata. An innocent-looking college girl asked her a question; Mamata glared at her and shouted: “You are a Marxist, they set you up with such questions to embarrass me....



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