Today is A.P.J.Abdul Kalam’s birth anniversary, also known as “The Missile Man of India”. On his birth anniversary, we bring you some facts about him.His vision,persistence,patriotism,intellect,humbleness inspired the whole world.
“Without your involvement, you can’t succeed. With your involvement, you can’t fail.”
-Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam
- Kalam became the president of the largest democracy of the world, India on July 25, 2002. He was known as “the People’s President” because of his simple and down-to-earth attitude.
- Kalam has been honored with many awards, including the highest civilian award in the country, the Bharat Ratna (1997) and also Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990).
- And he was also honored with doctorates from 40 universities.
- As his childhood was not so privileged, Kalam started working at an early age. Every day after the school, Kalam used to distribute newspaper to make some money that would help his family.
- Kalam was frisked twice at JFK Airport in New York. He was checked for explosives by the airport staff. This incident was protested by India on the international level.
- He was once asked by a journalist how would he like to be remembered: as a scientist, a president or a teacher. And his reply was – “I want to be remembered as a teacher first and then as any other person.” with a smile.
- Kalam followed only one cricketer on his Twitter account – VVS Laxman. Kalam followed a total of 38 people on this social media account.
- He donated his presidential salary to charity. He formed a trust named PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas), and donated his salaries to this trust when he became aware that the government takes care of its presidents.
- India owes its development as a nuclear nation to Kalam’s organizational and technical support for Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, the first such tests after a gap of 24 years.
- When Dr. Kalam first moved to Rashtrapati Bhawan, he asked all luxurious rooms to be locked up as he didn’t want to use them. He always led a very simple life.
“If you want to shine like a sun. First burn like a sun.” – Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
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By the way, inspired by his life, a Bollywood movie was also produced with the title, I Am Kalam. So grab a popcorn a sit down to see the movie as soon as possible. 🙂
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