WATCH: PM Modi inaugurates Kalam memorial, addresses public rally
Kalam was President from 2002 to 2007. He also supervised, in 1998, the Pokhran II test at which India tested a nuclear bomb.? Photograph: (ANI)
Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated on Thursday a memorial built to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in his hometown Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.
APJ Abdul Kalam, India's "Missile Man", died two years ago on July 27, 2015.
He was president from 2002 to 2007.
He had also supervised the Pokhran II test at which India tested a nuclear bomb.
Kalam was scientific adviser to Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee at the time.
Modi also addressed a public rally in Rameshwaram.
Remembering the eleventh President of India, he said, "It is this sacred land that gave India one of its most famous sons, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam,"
"It is a great honour for me to touch this sacred soil of Rameswaram, a centre of deep spiritual knowledge," he added.
He remembered the people who had built the memorial, saying, "Let us all give a standing ovation to all those labourers who worked with immense dedication in building APJ Abdul Kalam memorial."
And he also talked about jobs.
"Dr Kalam inspired the youth. I can see that today's youth want to become job creators," he said.
Tamil Nadu: PM Modi unveiled a statue of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and paid tribute to him at the memorial in Rameswaram pic.twitter.com/Lm6Hw8cWCX— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2017
Tamil Nadu: Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurates Dr APJ Abdul Kalam memorial at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram. pic.twitter.com/RBQLshyeFR— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2017
Tamil Nadu: PM Modi at inauguration of Dr APJ Abdul Kalam memorial at Pei Karumbu in Rameswaram pic.twitter.com/gkILqt9xzj— ANI (@ANI_news) July 27, 2017