Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, the most respected President
Published: 02:16 PM, 23 September 2020 Updated: 02:22 PM, 23 September 2020
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When Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was the President of India, he visited Coonoor, a hill station in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. On reaching, he came to know that Field Marshall Sam Manekshaw was admitted in the Military Hospital there.
It has been mentioned that Sam Manekshaw was the first Indian Army officer to be promoted to the rank of field marshal.
Dr Kalam wanted to visit Sam Manekshaw, which was unscheduled. Arrangements were made. At the bedside, Dr Kalam spent about 15 minutes talking to Sam Manekshaw and enquiring about his health.
Just before leaving Dr Kalam asked him, "Are you comfortable? Is there anything I could do? Do you have any grievance? or any requirement that would make you more comfortable?"
Sam Manekshaw said, “Yes your excellency, I have one grievance." Shocked with concern and anguish, Kalam asked him what it was.
Sam Manekshaw replied, “Sir, my grievance is that I am not able to get up and salute my most respected President of my beloved country".
Dr Kalam held Sam Manekshaw's hand as both were in tears.