Kalam – The people’s Leader

Kalam- The people's Leader

The name does not require any introduction, our beloved president also known as Missile man of India. Born on 15 October 1931 in south coast city named Rameshwaram, Tamilnadu.

A very small town of Tamilnadu surrounded by Bay of Bengal Sea.

“To shine like the sun, first burn like the sun”  a famous quote from his diary, if you see his life from his childhood, you can realize that this line is apt for his life.

Born in a family of boat sailor, his father was having a boat, in which he used to ferry Hindu pilgrims back and forth between Rameswaram and uninhabited Dhanushkodi. Kalam was the youngest of four brothers and one sister in his family. At the age of playing, he started selling newspapers to supplement his family’s income.

In his school years, Kalam had average grades but was described as a bright and hardworking student who had a strong desire to learn. After completing his schooling, he went to Chennai study physics followed by aerospace engineering in Madras Institute of Technology after studying aerospace he wanted to be a pilot but failed to get in IAF.

Failure never stopped him, he joined Aeronautical Development Establishment of the DRDO as a scientist  where he started his career by designing a small hovercraft, but he was not happy with the work what he was doing there so he joined ISRO as project director of India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully deployed the Rohini satellite in near-earth orbit in July 1980; Kalam had first started work on an expandable rocket project independently at DRDO in 1965. In 1969, Kalam received the government’s approval and expanded the programme to include more engineers. His works towards new PSLV, SLV-III, Agni, Prithvi missiles gave him fame.

He got success in making ballistic missile and wanted to do more but that time union cabinet stopped the fund, but PM of the country approved a secret fund to him and then he played an integral role convincing the Union Cabinet to conceal the true nature of these classified aerospace projects. His research and educational leadership brought him great laurels and prestige in the 1980s, which prompted the government to initiate an advanced missile programme under his directorship.

Kalam served as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and Secretary of the Defence Research and Development Organisation from July 1992 to December 1999. The Pokhran-II nuclear tests were conducted during this period in which he played an intensive political and technological role. Kalam served as the Chief Project Coordinator, he not only made a missile for the citizens but also low cost coronary stent for the betterment of the society.

His works made him to enter raisina hills and in 25th july 2002, he became 11th people’s president of India during his tenure he honoured with a Bharat Ratna, being a scientist he found himself trapped in politics and moved out of the post instead of party support. During his career whatever experience he got wanted to share with students so he started interacting with number of prestigious institutes across the country and run campaigns among youth, he use to love kids and student, on 27 july 2015 his schedule was to address students of IIM Shillong although he was not feeling well that day, he managed himself to go to the stage and started giving lecture on “Creating a Livable Planet Earth” topic but after 5 mins of lecture he collapsed due to sudden cardiac arrest.

His body was then placed on a gun carriage draped with the Indian flag and taken to his Delhi residence at 10 Rajaji Marg; there, the public and numerous dignitaries paid homage. This news made the whole country into shock and everyone wants to pay tribute to the legendary last time, more than 3.5 lakhs people attended the last rites.

Govt. made a memorial named Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam National Memorial at Pei Karumbu, where the mortal remains of the former president were laid to rest. The memorial is painted with acrylic paintings, portraying the life of Mr. Kalam in different stages, right from school days to his stint in DRDO. and made a record of the visitor on a single day with a number of 46,500 and every month more Lakhs of people visit the memorial.

This symbolise that people dies but their works and thoughts remains alive in people’s heart and www.indycult.com wants to keep his thoughts alive.

So we came up with this given quotes as a poster which hope to give to strength and glimpes of this life.

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