The Missile Man of India


Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.

Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam

On the birth aniversary of Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, lets know more about him,

Former President (25th July 2002 to 25th July 2007) Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on 15th October 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. He graduated in Science from St. Joseph’s College, Trichy in 1954. He got his specialization degree in 1957 in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology (MIT). He is a pioneer in fiberglass technology and led a young team in ISRO which made the rocket motor cases. Dr. Kalam was chosen as Project Director to develop India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-3) which in July 1980, successfully placed the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit which brought India amongst the exclusive members of Space Club.

The list of titles and awards given to him is never-ending, He has been awarded the – Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (1997). He is a fellow of many professional institutions. Some of his International Recognitions are – The King Charles-II Medal for Science and Technology in October 2007, The Woodrow Wilson Award in 2008. The International Medal 2008 in June 2009 at London. The Hoover Medal 2008 at New York in April 2009. The International Von Karman Wings Award in September 2009 are just a few.

India secretly conducted a series of underground nuclear tests with five bombs in Pokhran, Rajasthan. Although this was not the first time the country was testing its nuclear weapons, this nuclear test was certainly the memorable and proud moment for India. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was the man behind this successful mission. When the whole world criticized India for the nuclear test, he supported this mission as a chief of the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

He strongly believed in the power and potential in the youth of the country. He had a vision that Indian youth will bring the change within the country, his dream of India 2020. He was known as the youngest president as he strongly believed in mental age.

He had an immense love towards mother. His book “Wings of Fire” has a full moon night which has been portrayed with the title “mother”.

This man of honor let his last breath go amongst a crowd of youth while he was addressing on “Creating a Livable Planet Earth” at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong On 27 July 2015, around 6:35 p.m.

“All of us do not have equal talent. But, all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents”
–           Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam

Written By: Varadh Kulkarni

Email: varadh.kulkarni.se@gmail.com

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