As the 85th Birthday anniversary of Late President APJ Abdul Kalam is being celebrated around the globe as the “World Student Day”, wishes have come pouring in on social networking sites. Many leaders and common folk alike have gone on micro-blogging site Twitter to express their pride and offer their wishes on the anniversary of the “Missile- Man of India”. APJ Abdul Kalam served as the President of India from July 25, 2002, and ended his term on July 25, 2007. He is a recipient of the Padma Bhusan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and India’s highest civilian award in 1997; the Bharat Ratna.
When he served as the President, he came to be known as the “People’s President.” As the President, he once hosted 6000 farmers, and later invited 250 policemen to the Rashtrapati Bhawan. But most of all, he enjoyed speaking to the young and talented; the students who would admire him in awe when he spoke about his “Vision 2020”, the year, he believed India would finally become a developed nation. He would never let go of an occasion, where he could spread his message of development across. This was evident on the day of his customary farewell speech as the President when he turned a routine goodbye into a “I have a dream” address, laying down his vision of India by 2020. Though his election as the President was greeted by many, the Left opposed citing him as politically naive. This could be seen when he wanted to run for a second term, even when he did not enjoy the support of the then UPA regime. Though politics was not his forte, it turned into his greatest advantage. His managed to restore the dignity of the House of the President, which was slightly brought down due to the political inclination of the previous residents.
The following a few of the million wishes the Late President received on his 85th birth anniversary:
Tributes to our former President, the person who captured the imagination of every Indian, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary.
Remembering Dr APJ Abdul Kalam the People’s President on his birth anniversary. We miss you so much Kalam ji
Tribute to Bharat Ratna Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam on his Birth Anniversary. pic.twitter.com/eqdMZIqkv9
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 15, 2016
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen “A. P. J.” Abdul Kalam remains to be the most loved President, India has had till date. And the country feels honoured to have let this man be its first citizen.