India is celebrating our ‘Missile Man,’ the former President of India Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam’s 69th Birth Anniversary. APJ Kalam was born on October 15, 1931, at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. His immense contribution to the development of our country is countless. In almost every sector, his ideas and hard work made it possible to celebrate many nation’s achievements.
Every year Dr. Kalam’s birthday is celebrated as Student’s Day in India as he enjoyed spending time with students. During his childhood as a student, he faced many challenges but struggled to achieve his dream. He sold newspapers from door to door to support his family financially and for his education also. He had an immense love for knowledge, and his excellence in academics made it possible for all his achievements.
Dr. Kalam directed projects for the development of India’s ballistic missiles. He headed the projects Devil and Valiant for the development of ballistic missiles using the technology behind the successful SLV program. He also led multiple nuclear tests at Pokhran and played a vital role in heading the Pokhran-II nuclear tests.
Dr. APJ Kalam also led India’s primary science research organization Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was later recognized for the expansion and operationalization of ‘Indigenous Guided Missiles’ – AGNI and PRITHVI to which he was called ‘Missile Man of India.’
While giving a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, Dr. Kalam succumbed to death on July 27, 2015.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi twitted in his official account along with a video that shows Dr. Kalam’s photos and his famous quotes of -“Tributes to Dr. Kalam on his Jayanti. India can never forget his indelible contribution towards national development, be it as a scientist and as the President of India. His life journey gives strength to millions.”
Union Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad gave his tribute to the former President and described him as a “great teacher and eminent scientist.”
Home minister Amit Shah also paid his tributes to former President- “Remembering Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on his jayanti. A visionary leader and architect of India’s space & missile programs, who always wanted to build a strong and self-reliant India. His immortal legacy in the field of science and education is an epitome of inspiration.” Via twitter.
Article Written by Dikhya Mohanty
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