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Children have a real day

It was a busy day at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday. With President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam taking out time to spend with his favourite citizens, the continuous giggling of children high on excitement ran through the never-ending corridors of the Estate.

From receiving a constant stream of young visitors and answering their barrage of questions to using technology to reach them on a live chat later in the evening, it was really Childrens' Day at Rashtrapati Bhavan on Monday.

Slipping into the role of the teacher easily, the President met more than 500 children from various schools run by the Delhi Government and gave them advice about studying hard and striving hard to become good human beings.

Setting a good example for the teachers who accompanied the children, Dr. Kalam urged teachers to lead the way by being good role models to their students.

While he might have had a word of advice for children studying in schools to encourage them to do better, he also spent time with children suffering from cancer, giving them, hope. Assuring the children that cancer was curable, the President asked them not to be frightened as with courage and proper medication, they could overcome the disease.

With some of them having travelled from as far as Mumbai to meet the President on this special day, it was an occasion that they would never forget. Earlier in the day, floral tributes were paid to the man who started the tradition -- Jawaharlal Nehru -- on behalf of the President, Dr. Kalam, who has carried on his legacy and added his own unique stamp to it. -- Mandira Nayar

-- Mandira Nayar

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