A.P.J Abdul Kalam- A Tribute To Remember
A name which brings pride to all the citizens of India. A man who was known for his humility, spirituality and patriotism. He worked with full dedication to make solid achievements and even then was the most down to earth person you’d ever come across. Abdul Kalam had been an inspiration throughout his life be it through his deeds or through his words. He was unarguably one of the most popular Presidents of India, fondly called as ‘Missile Man of India’. Be it for his stint in politics or for his unparalleled contribution towards India’s scientific progress, the former President of India inspired people from all walks of life, not just in India but from across the world, particularly drawing affection from children and students.
He served as a scientist and science administrator at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Dr APJ Abdul Kalam was also a recipient of a large number of prestigious awards such as Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990), Bharat Ratna (1997), and Veer Savarkar Award (1998).
Abdul Kalam was also a prolific writer, authoring a range of books. His notable work includes- India 2020(1998), Wings of Fire(1999), Ignited Minds(2002), Indomitable Spirit(2006) and many others. One of the reasons why he enjoyed a huge popularity among children was his books, which targeted the younger minds and galvanized them into broadening their vision and expanding their dreams.
Let us look at a few amazing facts about our amazing former president.
1. His Hardships:
Jainulabudeen, Kalam’s father was a boat owner and imam of a local mosque. His ancestors were wealthy but due to business failures, the family had lost everything and Abdul Kalam was forced to do odd jobs. He used to sell newspapers.
2. His Failures:
Abdul Kalam missed an opportunity to become a fighter pilot for the Indian Air Force. He was 9th on the list but they only allowed 8 candidates.
3. Empowered Indian Nuclear Mission:
Abdul Kalam also made significant contributions to the nuclear capabilities of India. The 2 Pokhran nuclear tests in 1998 were successful because of his technical support and knowledge.
4. Science Day:
Abdul Kalam’s visit to Switzerland on the 26th of May is commemorated as Science Day in the country. This declaration in his honour was made by the Swiss government after his demise.
5. World Student’s Day:
Abdul Kalam’s birthday, the 15th of October is observed as World’s Students Day. This initiative was started by the UN in 2015. The motive behind this was to promote diversity, multiculturalism and innovativeness amongst students across the world.
Today, celebrating his 88th birthday, let us keep in mind all the amazing things he has achieved and done for his country and for students across the globe. Before i wrap up, let me leave you with a quote to remember:
“In life, no one will remember how you looked, talked, walked or what you did. Everyone just remembers you by the way you made them feel when they were with you.” – A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
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