People’s President APJ ABDUL KALAM passes away. The MAN WITH WINGS OF FIRE and also the MISSILE MAN and a man who loved little children passes away. The 84-year-old Former President, who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 — 2007 was a simple man and childlike at heart.
A devout Muslim and among the most respected people of India, who contributed immensely, both as a scientist and as a President. Mainly focussing on Research in Defence and space arena, he later involved himself in India’s Missile Programme, and came to be known as the “Missile Man of India”. He played a crucial role when India tested its nuclear weapons at Pokhran in 1998, when the Vajpayee Government was in power. Kalam was quoted as saying that like most of the technology he spearheaded, he himself was “Made in India”, having never been trained abroad.
He secured the backing of all political parties. With his appointment, Kalam became the first scientist and first ever bachelor to occupy the Rashtrapati Bhawan. He has been awarded the coveted civilian awards : Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the Bharat Ratna (1997). He is a recipient of several other awards and Fellow of many professional institutions.
He was a connoisseur of Carnatic Music, he would play the veena in his leisure hours. Four of Kalam’s books —– Wings of Fire, India 2020 — A Vision for the New Millennium, My Journey and Ignited Minds —- Unleashing the Power within India —— have become household names in India.
He believed and epitomised the adage : SIMPLE LIVING & HIGH THINKING. Rest In Peace, dear President.