APJ Abdul Kalam 87th Birth Anniversary: Nation pays tribute to 'Missile Man' - Know fascinating facts

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 15 October 2018, 01:41 PM
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam 87th Birth Anniversary: Nation pay tribute to 'missile man'; Know some fascinating facts HERE
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam 87th Birth Anniversary: Nation pay tribute to 'missile man'; Know some fascinating facts HERE

The nation on Monday paid tributes to APJ Abdul Kalam on his 87th birth anniversary. The former president is fondly remembered as the ‘Missile Man of India’ and was loved by all. Born on October 15, 1931, Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam served as the India’s 11th president between 2002 and 2007.

Kalam had also insipired crores of people through his ‘simple living and high thinking’ philosophy. Dr Kalam died due to a heart attack while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong on July 27, 2015.

Fascinating facts about APJ Abdul Kalam:

- Dr Kalam was the backbone behind the 1998 Pokhran-II nuclear tests and was also a crucial figure in India’s space and missile development program. He served his full term as the president of India and after that he did what he loved the most – teaching.

- In 1997, he was honoured with India’s highest civilian honour, ‘Bharat Ratna’ in 1997.

- Dr Kalam donated his entire salary to a trust – PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas) – that he had founded. He had stated that the government will take care of him till his last breath as he became the President of India, so what is the harm of donating the salary.

- While in an official visit to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram, Kalam spent some time with his old cobbler – George.

- The young Kalam used to distribute newspapers after his school timings to support his family financially.

- Dr Kalam had attempted to power the entire Rashtrapati Bhavan with solar energy. However, his proposal could not be fulfilled before his term came to an end.

Here is how the nation paid tributes to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his 87th birth anniversary:

First Published: Monday, October 15, 2018 08:48 AM
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