On 27th July 2015 India’s eleventh President and the “missile man” of our country passed away after a cardiac arrest while giving a lecture at IIM in Shillong. The nation is yet to recover from the shock of his demise, an extraordinary man, also known as “People’s President”, A.P.J Abdul Kalam was a true man of progress. An acclaimed scientist and a humanitarian, Kalam’s achievements is numerous and is hard to put in pen and paper as this compilation will certainly exceed all limits.
Abdul Kalam was honoured with several awards along with the Bharat Ratna, the higest civilian award in India. Born into a Tamil Muslim family in Rameswaram, he belonged from a very poor family. From there he ultimately landed up being the chief Scientific Advisor for the Government of India and acted as the President from 2002 to 2007. The first major break in his career appeared when he was welcomed at ISRO and headed the launch of satellite Vehicle (SLV-III). Along with this he was also involved in the operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI missiles.
The Pokhran II nuclear test which India conducted in May, 1998 was also headed by A.P.J Abdul Kalam. As the secretary of DRDO and the Prime Minister’s Chief Scientific Advisor, Kalam had truly shown how a President or an individual of a country should work for the progress of the nation. His life’s savings has been donated to a trust founded by him in accord with his wishes. A.P.J Abdul Kalam was a man whom India as a nation and the world at large would miss for his progressive ideals and his honest dedication to scientific development