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The Kalam Effect : My Years With The President

P.M. Nair

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ISBN 10: 8172237367 / ISBN 13: 9788172237363
Published by HarperCollins, 2008
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APJ Abdul Kalam became President of India in July 2002 He was a surprise choice for President A scientist choice for President A scientist and not a politician with an unusual hairstyle and an unassuming way of doing things and no other agenda except that of seeing India become a developed and strong nation How would such a man fit into the regal splendour of Rashtrapati Bhavan and all the pomp and ceremony of a head of state even if he were the recipient of the countrys highest civilian honour the Bharat Ratna What followed however as PM Nair shows in The Kalam Effect was a remarkable presidency that in the next five years transformed the way people looked at this office and made Kalam popular in a way few politicians have been Rashtrapatic Bhavan became a much more accessible place and his at homes drew guests in the thousands Not only that the website he set up became a huge draw and people wrote to him on e-mail or otherwise from across the country-a child distressed by a broken see-saw in the park near her home people looking for a job or financial help or just some good advice His positive attitude infected all those who came in touch with him While the reasons for his popularity will be analysed for a long time Nair who was his Secretary suggests in this affectionate yet factual account some of the probable One of these being that Kalam is just a very special human being 147 pp. Bookseller Inventory # 90150

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Title: The Kalam Effect : My Years With The ...

Publisher: HarperCollins

Publication Date: 2008

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A nice read that should not be missedOutlook Nair keeps his narration simple, offering rare glimpses of how Kalam functionedIndia Today In a choice that surprised many, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam became President of India in 2002. Questions were raised as to how someone who was a scientist and not a politician, who sported an unusual hairstyle, and had an unassuming way of doing things, would fit into the regal splendour of Rashtrapati Bhavan. In The Kalam Effect, P.M. Nair, who was secretary to the president during the eventful five years till 2007, shows the remarkable nature of Kalams presidency which transformed the way people looked at the office, making Kalam popular in a way few politicians have been. This is an affectionate and intimate portrait of a special human being who changed peoples perception of the highest office of the nation.

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P.M. Nair had a long and varied carrier in the IAS which he joined in 1967. In July 2002, he was appointed Secretary to the President and continued in that position right through A.P.J. Abdul Kalams tenure at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

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