Minister for Art and Culture, Delhi Government
24 Nov 2015 — Delhi Government to bring Dr. Kalam’s legacy to Delhi
The Government of NCT of Delhi has immense respect for our late President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. Limiting Dr. Kalam’s work to Rameshwaram only and shifting all his documents, books and even Veena to Rameshwaram is an injustice.
His residence should have been converted into a Knowledge Centre in a loving memory of the legend. His memorial should be in Delhi as well as in Rameshwaram because Dr. Kalam belongs to all of us. This is what the Delhi government had been urging all through.
Despite repeated requests from family members and various other sections of the society, the Central Government evacuated Dr. Kalam’s house. But the Delhi Government wants to ensure that late President Dr. Kalam’s legacy is respected and given the rightful honour.
On behalf of the Delhi Government, I consider it a huge privilege to announce that based on Dr Kalam’s family’s consent letter to the Honourable Chief Minister of Delhi Shri Arvind Kejriwal dated November 11, 2015, we have decided bring Dr. Kalam’s legacy, books and possessions to New Delhi.
As per the family’s request, the Delhi government is ready to bring back all of Dr.Kalam’s books and possessions that were sent away from his 10, Rajaji Marg residence in Delhi. This will first begin by an exhibition at Delhi Haat INA with a creative presentation of his memories and heritage. This will be a temporary home for the public to visit one of the country’s most loveable Presidents. In the next few months, we will help set up the Research and Knowledge Center that Dr. Kalam would have truly loved to be his resting place, in the hearts and minds of people.
A three-member committee consisting of Chandramohan Bassi, Senior Chief Manager at DTTDC; Sanjay Garg from Delhi Archives and BS Vasisht, Deputy Secretary of Art, Culture and Languages Ministry has been set up to facilitate this transfer of Dr. Kalam’s memories to its rightful place, New Delhi.
Officials from the Ministry of Art and Culture will soon visit Dr Kalam’s house in Rameswaram to assess the quantity of his possessions and books. They will also make necessary arrangements in consultation with Dr Kalam’s family to move his belongings to Delhi as soon as possible.
Further details regarding the Knowledge Centre and the time period for setting it up will be released soon.
I take this opportunity to thank Dr. Kalam’s family and Mr Bhagwan Singh who started the petition on Change.org whose constant support to the cause of setting up a Knowlege Centre gave strength to the Delhi Government.
Minister of Water, Tourism, Art, Culture and Languages
Government of NCT of Delhi