He was extremely close to A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, before, during and after his Presidency. Kalam was a passionate votary of Indiresan’s pet programme PURA (Providing Urban Amenities in Rural Areas), which he felt was the only way to decongest our cities. With a lot of passion he would tell me how it was so easy to implement his scheme.
He is one among the two dozen Honorary Members of the Institute of Electronics and Electrical Engineers, USA among whom a dozen are noble prize winners. Prof. Indiresan was twice awarded the highest prize of the Inventions Promotion Board, by Govt. of India. He has also been conferred the Padma Bhushan by the President of India.
Prof. Indiresan is a prolific writer on societal, economic and development issues. He is also a regular columnist with national dailies like Business Line, The Hindu and The Indian Express. He has authored books "Vision 2020 - What India Can Be, and How to Make That Happen" and "Managing Development: Decentralisation, Geographical Socialism and Urban Replication."