Peoples’ President, Missile Man of India, the great Indian visionary & scientist bid us adieu

Dr. APJ Abdul KalamDr. APJ Abdul Kalam, a name which inspires every Indian to contribute his share towards the betterment of his Nation.

Dr. Kalam can be regarded as a true leader, an honest politician, an ingenious scientist or an insightful motivator!

In Indian Politics history, he was the first scientist who became the president of our country. He spent all his life in inventing new technologies, inspiring youngsters and exploring his knowledge across the world.

Kalam was truly dedicated towards his researches in scientific world. He also worked for the Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) as a scientist and science administrator and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts.

He is also known as ‘Missile Man of India’ for his work on development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.

Here are some facts about Dr. Kalam which everybody would like to know

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen “A. P. J.” Abdul Kalam is the complete name of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam.

Kalam’s life journey began on 15th Oct 1931 and ended on 27th July 2015. He was born in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and died in Shillong during a lecture.

He completed graduation in Physics and Aerospace Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology and started his career as a scientist.

Finally a scientist became the 11th President of India in 2002. (2002-2007)

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is also known as ‘Missile Man of India’ because he played an intensive political and technological role in the Pokhran-II nuclear tests that were conducted during his work as the Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and the Secretary of the DRDO from July 1992 to December 1999.

Here Kalam served as the Chief Project Coordinator, along with Rajagopala Chidambaram, during the testing phase.

Kalam’s 79th birthday was recognized as ‘World Student Day’ by the United Nations.

Dr. Kalam received India’s highest Civilian Honor ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 1997.

With the achievement of Bharat Ratna, Abdul Kalam was also honored with ‘Padma Bhushan’ in 1981 and ‘Padma Vibhushan’ in 1990.

In his inspirational life journey, Kalam wrote many prominent books amongst the list these are the most inspirational ones – ‘Wings of Fire’, ‘India 2020 – A Vision for the new millennium’, ‘Ignited Minds – Unleashing the power within India’, ‘My Journey’.

He also adopted an Initiative called as ‘PURA – Provision of Urban Amenities to Rural Areas’ which is a strategy for rural development in India.

Its purpose was to provide urban infrastructure and services in rural hubs to create economic opportunities outside of cities. The initiative was aimed at physical connectivity by providing roads, electronic connectivity by providing communication network, and knowledge connectivity by establishing professional and technical institutions will have to be done in an integrated way so that economic connectivity will emanate.

The Indian central government has been running pilot PURA programs in several states since 2004.

Abdul Kalam is also known as ‘People’s President’.

List of Books written by APJ Abdul Kalam

S.No. Name of Books
1. Wings of Fire (An Autobiography)
2. 2020 – A Vision for the New Millennium
3. Envisioning an Empowered Nation (Technology for Societal Transformation)
4. Ignited Minds (Unleashing The Power Within India)
5. My Journey
6. Developments in Fluid Mechanics and Space Technology
7. The Luminous Sparks (A biography in verse and colors)
8. The Life Tree
9. Mission India (A Vision for Indian Youth)
10. Children Ask Kalam
11. Guiding Souls (Dialogues on the Purpose of Life)
12. Inspiring Thoughts

Here are the 15 most inspirational quotes from APJ Abdul Kalam

S.No. Quotations
1. “Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck”
2. “All Birds find shelter during a rain. But Eagle avoids rain by flying above the Clouds”
3. “Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success”
4.  “If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun”
5.  “It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone”
6. “All of us do not have equal talent. But all of us have an equal opportunity to develop our talents”
7. “Be more dedicated to making solid achievements than in running after swift but synthetic happiness”
8. “Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life”
9. “Without your involvement you can’t succeed. With your involvement you can’t fail”
10. “You have to dream before your dreams can come true”
11. “Failure will never overtake me if my determination to succeed is strong enough”
12. “Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended”
13. “Let us sacrifice our today so that our children can have a better tomorrow”
14. “To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal”
15. “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.”

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