Monday, July 18, 2011

Kalam "dies" and comes alive on cyber space!

New Delhi: "People's President" A P J Abdul Kalam today became yet another eminent personality to have received numerous condolence messages and homage while being very much alive!

The former President's educational advisor Hafiz Saleh Muhammad Alladin's death, in no time, turned into a rumour about Dr Kalam's passing away and spread like wildfire in cyberspace.

Dr Alladin, 80, a renowned astronomer, died yesterday.

Homage and condolence messages started flashing on social network portals like Twitter and Facebook.

One of the tweets said, "India salutes its greatest president! Dr Abdul Kalam brought rare grace, courage, dignity and simplicity to Rashtrapati Bhavan. RIP." The rumour gained further strength when noted author Shobhaa De also tweeted regretting the death of Dr Kalam. Soon she removed that message and expressed deep regrets saying, "A thousand apologies.

Our beloved former President is alive and well. Jiyo Hazaaron Saal.

Maafi Chhaiye." However, with no dearth of people who rejected the news, the post was removed from the sites soon followed by many posts and tweets about Dr Kalam being very much alive.

Some called it a "cyber death for a few hours" while others termed the people who spread such rumours as "dumb".

Numerous countrymen also wished for Dr Kalam's well being and long life. "Guys, believe me, Abdul Kalam performs Shivananda yoga everyday and eats simply. He'll outlive all of us," a tweet said.

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