Five years from today, 27th of July 2015, APJ Abdul Kalam died from an apparent cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture in IIM Shillong. Aged 83, he was the people’s president. Even today, Every Indian is proud of the scientist from Rameshwaram credited for India’s civilian space programme and military missile systems. Kalam played a pivotal role in the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998.
His extraordinary achievements and contributions in the field of aeronautics earned him the title of ‘Missile man of India.’ Man who inspire indian of every age upto this date is the recipient of several prestigious awards, including Bharat Ratna(1997), Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and was buried with full state honour in the his home town Rameshwaram. The small place where he began his humble journey.
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His life and works are been depicted in numerous books, journals and popular feature films including Eternal Quest: Life and Times of Dr Kalam by S Chandra, President A P J Abdul Kalam by R K Pruthi, The Kalam Effect: My Years with the President by P M Nair, The People’s President: Dr A P J Abdul Kalam by S M Khan and one of the most popular and inspiring Feature film, ‘I am Kalam’ portraying as a positive influence on a poor but bright Rajasthani boy named Chhotu, who renames himself Kalam in honour of his idol produced by Smile Foundation.
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Interesting Facts about APJ Abdul Kalam
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The void in form of Kalam in this world can not be filled by anything. The Veena player, beloved Teacher and man of simplicity will be remembered worldwide for 100s of years for his legacy and his greatness in human form.
The man who died doing what he loved has inspired everyone to never give up despite of what the circumstances are. His stories and life is an example in itself, Depicting the capability and potential we all possess.
RIP Missile man, You will be Missed.
Written by Iqra Razi, a Journalism graduate from Indian Institute of Mass Communication, Amravati. She writes for Politics, Education and International affairs.
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