Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Death Anniversary, The 11th President of India, From selling newspapers as a child in Rameswaram to becoming the President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam’s life and contributions were nothing short of legendary.
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam also known as Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam. He was born in Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. He was known as the Missile Man of India for his important role in the nation’s civilian space programme and military missile development. Also, in 1998, he made significant contributions to India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests.
APJ Abdul Kalam, becoming a fighter pilot for the Indian Air Force was the “dearest dream” which he failed to realise by a whisker. He was on the ninth spot on the list among 25 candidates and was not recruited as there were only eight openings.
He was the 11th president of India and elected against Lakshmi Sehgal in 2002. Before becoming the President of India, he worked with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as an aerospace engineer.
APJ Abdul Kalam never owned a television. His personal possessions included his books, a veena, some articles of clothing, a CD player and a laptop. He was an avid reader and used to read books on cosmology and celestial bodies.
Kalam also visited NASA in 1963 after which he went on to develop Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and SLV-III projects, both of which proved to be successful. He was known as the ‘Missile Man’ of India due to his continued, successful work with ballistic missiles and launch vehicle technology.
West Bengal CM Mamta Banerjee was the first to tweet, Solemnly and very fondly remembering former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his death anniversary.
Solemnly and very fondly remembering former President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his death anniversary
ভারতের প্রাক্তন রাষ্ট্রপতি ডঃ এ পি জে আব্দুল কালামের মৃত্যুবার্ষিকীতে বিনম্র শ্রদ্ধাঞ্জলি
— Mamata Banerjee (@MamataOfficial) 27 July 2019
Remembering my guru and mentor today. 4 years have passed and your presence is undiminished.
Always remembered.. all days. #Kalam#APJAbdulKalam
These pics are first and last clicked together. Last is from Guwahati airport 2 pm 27.07.15 pic.twitter.com/PSFrOHvANb
— Srijan Kalam 🇮🇳 (@srijanpalsingh) 27 July 2019
My tribute to our Bharat Ratna who taught us how to fly without wings.#APJAbdulKalam
You are alive in all of us❤
The way u touch life is more than inspiring😊
आपको शत्-शत् नमन हमारा🙏 #APJAbdulKalam pic.twitter.com/zd31pmSXaB
— Vijay Singh (@SinghVijayrauza) 27 July 2019
— Yash Singh 🇮🇳 (@Yashhu_) 27 July 2019