USP Been there, done that, still quite the “people’s president”.
Backers The ex-president has given no indication that he’s interested in a second stint, but TMC sees a chance to poop UPA’s party and Mulayam keeps sending mixed signals. Never quite a Congress favourite, UPA still grateful for his role in defusing Koodankulam protests. -
President APJ Abdul Kalam tries to blow an alphorn as he is watched by Swiss President Samuel Schmid and his wife Verena Schmid in Iseltwald in the Bernese Oberland, Switzerland. In a rare gesture, the Swiss government declared May 26 as Science Day in recognition of President Kalam's experience in the fields of science and technology and his eminence as a scientist. Kalam's four-day state visit to Switzerland is the first by an Indian head of state after a gap of more than 30 years. Former President V V Giri's was the last Indian high profile visit to the country. - AP Photo/Keystone¤ Yoshiko Kusano
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam reviews an honor guard at Vnukovo airport on his arrival in Moscow for a four-day state visit to Russia. Addressing senior members of the Russian Parliament, the President asserted that India would never be a proliferator of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and asked US and Russia to set an example by reducing their nuclear arsenal. When asked about India's nuclear tests, the President said "when we are surrounded by nuclear armed countries, we didn't have any other alternative but to become nuclear." The President's first evening was marred by a late night phone-call from New Delhi and then confabulations with his legal advisors regarding the faxed proclamation dissolving the Bihar Assembly. - AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam salutes army soldiers guarding at Humar post at the Siachen glacier, the world highest battlefield situated at more than 18,000 feet . Making the first-ever Presidential visit to the Siachen glacier, Kalam said the 75 kms-long glacier was of 'extreme geo-strategic importance' to India and told the troops there is a comprehensive security plan while having a diplomatic approach to peace. - AP Photo/Presidential Palace/HO
President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam salutes the eternal flame at the Rajghat on the occassion of 56th death anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi in Delhi. But the solemn day was not without political controversy. The omission of Mahatma Gandhi’s name from the Speaker’s obituary reference on Martyrs’ Day today prompted the entire opposition - except the BSP and the AIADMK - to walk out of Lok Sabha. The speaker Manohar Joshi initially urged the members not to make an issue of it as Martyrs’ Day marked the Mahatma’s martyrdom. He added that the President, the Prime Minister and his deputy, and he had just returned from Rajghat after paying tribute to the Father of the Nation and that this was not the first time Gandhi’s name was not mentioned during an obituary reference on Martyrs’ Day. There were two similar instances in the past, Joshi said. Former Prime Minister Chandra Shekhar intervened to tell the Speaker that the mistakes of the past need not be repeated a third time. Joshi then said he had already agreed to make explicit mention of Gandhi. O tempora! O mores! - AP Photo / Manish Swarup