A sad day for every Indian, former president of India Mr. APJ Abdul Kalam passed away. In this corruption rotten nation, he was a ray of hope for a better India. The authors of this blog salutes the great leader, for his contribution to the nation.
One of India’s most popular presidents, Abdul Kalam, died Monday after he collapsed during a lecture to business management graduate students in the northeastern city of Shillong.The 83-year-old Kalam, who was president from 2002 to 2007, was affectionately called the “missile man,” “scientist-patriot” and “people’s president” of India. Many Indians credited him with lending relevance to what is largely a ceremonial post.Kalam suffered a cardiac arrest during the lecture and was declared dead as soon as he was brought to the hospital. He was in Shillong to deliver a lecture titled “Liveable Planet Earth,” according to his last tweet.
APJ Abdul Kalam was born in 1931 into a middle-class family in Rameshwaram, a town well-known for its Hindu shrines in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.His father owned boats which he rented out to local fishermen, but he himself began his career as a newspaper vendor.He then earned a degree in aeronautical engineering from a technology institute in Chennai (Madras).Mr Kalam joined the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in the neighbouring state of Kerala in the 1960s as one of its first three engineers.He played a major role in the centre’s evolution to a key hub of space research in India, helping to develop the country’s first indigenous satellite-launch vehicle.He worked for the Defence Research and Development Organization and the Indian Space Research Organization.Indian scientists have hailed him as the father of the Indian nuclear bomb and its missile delivery systems.He also played a key role when India tested its nuclear weapons in 1998.The former president was proud of his Indian education and liked to describe himself as “Made in India”, having never been trained abroad.