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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: The Missile Man of India

Samaih Wednesday, October 18, 2023
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam: The Missile Man of India

‘’Difficulties in your life do not come to destroy you, but to help you realize your hidden potential and power. Let difficulties know that you too are difficult.’’

Today, October 15, marks the 92nd birth anniversary of one of the greatest Indian scientists to ever exist – A. P. J. Abdul Kalam. He was born on October 15 1931, in Rameswaram, a small town in Tamil Nadu, India. He was an Indian scientist, aeronautical engineer, and politician who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He was also known as the "People's President" due to his humble and down-to-earth nature.

Kalam was the youngest of four siblings in his family. Despite coming from a financially disadvantaged family, his parents instilled in him a love for education from a young age. Kalam went on to study physics at St. Joseph's College in Tiruchirappalli and later, aeronautical engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology. In the 1960s, Kalam joined the Defence Research and Development Organization (DRDO), where he was instrumental in developing India's first satellite launch vehicle. He later went on to lead India's civilian space programme, which included the successful launch of the Rohini satellite in 1983. Kalam was also heavily involved in India's military development, designing advanced missile systems such as the Agni and Prithvi missiles. His contributions not only led to technological advancements for India but also cemented his reputation as the Missile Man of India.

Throughout his life, Kalam was a strong advocate for science education and youth empowerment. He believed that the youth held the key to India's future and would play a critical role in shaping the country. Kalam authored several books targeted towards school children, encouraging them to pursue science and technology. He served as President from 2002 to 2007, during which he continued to focus on education, youth development, and poverty alleviation. Kalam's legacy continues to inspire millions of people around the world.

He remains an icon of scientific contributions, patriotism, and humility. His quotes and speeches continue to inspire young people to pursue their dreams and contribute towards a better society. APJ Abdul Kalam's life and legacy are a testament to the power of education, hard work, and dedication. He was a man of great humility, wisdom, and vision, who lived his life to the fullest and made a positive impact on the lives of countless people.


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