“Simple living and high thinking” is what Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen “A. P. J.” Abdul Kalam ‘s (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015) life teaches every human. It has been a deplorable page in the chronicles of Indian history. The thought that missile man of India is no more brings tears in each and every individual, but his glimpses remain fresh in the hearts of people which exemplifies that he has stood as the role model and served as a youth icon.
Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts.
After working for two decades in ISRO and mastering launch vehicle technologies, Dr. Kalam took up the responsibility of developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at Defence Research and Development Organisation as the Chief Executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP). He was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies through networking of multiple institutions. He was the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development from July 1992 to December 1999.
The books such as “Ignited minds “, “Wings of fire” has inspired every student to aspire and cherish their childhood dreams.He has also been a former President of India. Interestingly he has been called as the “People’s president” for his ideals and ideology.Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam rose from humble origins to become the President in the most unexpected manner during the NDA government under Atal Bihari Vajpayee after an all party consensus minus the left parties that saw him through in an election which he won handsomely.
Kalam sir has died on 27th July after he has collapsed during a lecture at the IIM in Shillong on Monday evening. He would have turned 84 in October, was confirmed dead more than two hours after he was wheeled into the ICU of Bethany hospital in a critical condition following the collapse at around 6.30 pm, 27th July,2015.According to reports, Kalam has suffered a massive cardiac arrest during the lecture at IIM, Shillong.The former President has been admitted to Bethany hospital in a critical condition. Doctors from the army hospital and North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) rushed to Bethany hospital but their efforts proved to be of no avail. A seven-day national mourning will be declared by the Centre, Union Home Secretary LC Goyal said. Both the Houses of Parliament are likely to make obituary references and adjourn as a mark of respect to his memory.
Considered the most popular President, Kalam became the 11th head of the state and occupied the post between 2002 and 2007 but lack of consensus denied a second term in office for a man who came from outside political spectrum.”Kalam never identified himself on the basis of region, religion or language. He saw himself as a human being first and viewed everyone in the same way”.In his passing away, we have lost a great son of India who dedicated his entire life to the welfare of our motherland.