s the Supreme Commander of the armed forces, President A P J Abdul Kalam has made it a point to go where no Indian head of State has gone before, be it in cold and inhospitable Siachen, or taking to the skies in the supersonic Sukhoi-30, or even going underwater in a naval submarine.
In December 2004 President Kalam visited forward positions at Kargil and Tangdar in Jammu and Kashmir, in his continuing interaction with the troops. 'By guarding the Line of Control you have allowed us to focus on developmental work,' he told the soldiers. 'You live in every Indian's heart.'
Addressing the army's 14 Corps in Kargil, where the Indian Army fought a low-intensity war to evict Pakistani infiltrators who had occupied the Himalayan heights, President Kalam told them: 'Kargil is an important part of our country and I am proud of your morale and deeds.'
Image: President Kalam surrounded by troops at the Tangdar forward post
Photograph: UNI PHOTO
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A P J Abdul Kalam, President of India