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:
An exceptional teacher, a wonderful motivator, an outstanding scientist and a great President, Dr. Kalam lives in the hearts and minds of every Indian. Remembering him on his Jayanti. pic.twitter.com/Ko46nUhXx4— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) October 15, 2018
Tributes to the people’s President, Missile Man of India, eminent scientist “Bharat Ratna” Dr. #APJAbdulKalam ji on his birth anniversary. He continues to inspire us all. #Abdulkalam pic.twitter.com/YYl9d17xRL— Radha Mohan Singh (@RadhamohanBJP) October 15, 2018
"Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work". ~ #AbdulKalam— Sudhanshu Mittal (@SudhanshuBJP) October 15, 2018
I pay my humble tributes to Late Abdul Kalam Ji, India's #MissileMan on his Birth anniversary.#APJAbdulKalam pic.twitter.com/mrtRTSVCSw
Remembering #Missileman of India Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam ji on his birth anniversary. His simplicity, patriotism & dedication to his profession will continue to inspire us. #AbdulKalam #APJAbdulKalam pic.twitter.com/vkkuil4n8U— कलराज मिश्र (Kalraj Mishra) (@KalrajMishra) October 15, 2018
Dream, dream, dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action.— Sadhavi Khosla (@sadhavi) October 15, 2018
My tribute to the Missile Man of India- Sh #Abdulkalam His legacy lives on.
An inspiration to millions.... pic.twitter.com/1Cyc0nao5b
"To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal."— Dr Rutvij Patel (@DrRutvij) October 15, 2018
Homage to the former President of India, a great teacher and eminent scientist Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam Ji on his birth anniversary.#Abdulkalam pic.twitter.com/5mAm2oKn2q
On his birth anniversary, I pay homage to Bharat Ratna APJ Abdul Kalam. A scientist, scholar & People’s President, the Missile Man of India continues to inspire generations. pic.twitter.com/VNHcJOmMtF— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) October 15, 2018
The nation remembers tremendous contribution made by former president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. He was a visionary scientist and a people’s president. He played a pivotal role in strengthening India’s defence preparedness. On his jayanti today, I offer my respectful homage to him.— राजनाथ सिंह (@rajnathsingh) October 15, 2018
Former President Abdul Kalam was the key person behind India's missile program and other critical research programs. On his birth anniversary we recall his life's work along with his message of peace and goodwill. #AbdulKalam pic.twitter.com/Hhb8gROMhm— Congress (@INCIndia) October 15, 2018