World’s first ex-president to launch an e-paper

Former Czech president Vaclev Havel may be writing bestsellers even after remitting office. Bill Clinton may be wowing the world with books on how to give. But India’s A.P.J. Abdul Kalam has shown the world that he may be older but he is a step ahead of most of his younger peers and compatriots.

The enormously popular former president—a former missile technologist who answered every email sent to him while he was in office and was amusingly critical of the media’s obsession with bad news—has launched a fortnightly e-paper to highlight the stories of India’s “islands of success”.

Titled Billion Beats, the e-paper has been launched on ex-prez’s website

“We have islands of success in every field of activity and we have to connect them to make a garland. Why an overdose of politics, murder, caste wars? Why, why?” he said in his message to the first edition of the e-paper.

V. Ponnraj is Kalam’s associate on the project, M. Anantha Krishnan is the national affairs editor.

Also read: Kalam: why is the media so negative?

Surely you must be joking, Mr President?

Illustration: Uttam Kumar Ghosh Laljhandawala/

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  1. bhattathiri

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    Its task is to make people capable of joint performance, to make their weaknesses irrelevant, says the Management Guru Peter Drucker who envisaged social responsibility for the first time. It creates harmony in working together – equilibrium in thoughts and actions, goals and achievements, plans and performance, products and markets. It resolves situations of scarcity, be they in the physical, technical or human fields, through maximum utilization with the minimum available processes to achieve the goal. Lack of management causes disorder, confusion, wastage, delay, destruction and even depression. Managing men, money and materials in the best possible way, according to circumstances and environment, is the most important and essential factor for a successful management

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