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APJ Abdul Kalam passes away at 83: All you wanted to know about India’s ‘Missile Man’ in 15 points

Thu July 30 2015, 1:05 pm
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    Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, popularly called the "Missile Man" of India, rose from humble beginnings to become the President of India and earned the reputation of being the "people's President" who endeared himself to all all sections, especially the young. APJ Kalam's father owned boats which he rented out to local fishermen, but he himself began his career as a newspaper vendor. Here are 15 top points about Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam : (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    1. A devout Muslim and son of a boat-owner, A P J Abdul Kalam, who assumed office as the 11th President on July 18, 2002, was seen as a figurehead who could help heal some of the scars of the communal riots which broke out in Gujarat just a few months before his anointment. APJ Kalam's father owned boats which he rented out to local fishermen, but he himself began his career as a newspaper vendor. (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    2. APJ Abdul Kalam was the country's first bachelor President whose flowing grey hair is seen as being at odds with what Indians thought a president ought to look like. He was one of the most respected people of the country who contributed immensely both as a scientist and as a president. (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    3. APJ Abdul Kalam has been acknowledged as the driving force behind India's quest for cutting-edge defence technologies. Kalam's contributions to India's satellite programmes, guided and ballistic missiles project, nuclear weapons programme and the Light Combat Aircraft(LCA) project made him a household name. (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    4. Born and raised in Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu on October 15, 1931, APJ Abdul Kalam, who is known for having a unique style, joined the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) after studying physics and aerospace engineering after graduating from Madras Institute of Technology. (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    5. APJ Abdul Kalam mainly focussed on research in defence and space arena, he later involved himself in the India's missile programme. His contribution to the ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology earned him the named as the "Missile Man of India". (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    6. APJ Abdul Kalam received several prestigious awards including Bharat Ratna, played a crucial role when India tested its nuclear weapons at Pokhran in 1998 when the then PM A B Vajpayee's BJP-led government was in power. (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    7. A vegetarian bachelor, A P J Abdul Kalam was quoted saying that like most of the technology he spearheaded, he himself was "Made in India", having never been trained abroad. (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    8. APJ Abdul Kalam succeeded K R Narayanan and served a full five-year term from 2002 until 2007 after he won the Presidential elections which was a highly one-sided contest with Lakshmi Sahgal, a revolutionary of the Indian Independence movement, as his rival. He secured the backing of all political parties. (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    9. During his tenure as President, APJ Abdul Kalam came up for criticism for his inaction in deciding the fate of 20 out of 21 mercy petitions. APJ Abdul Kalam acted on only one mercy plea in his 5-year tenure, rejecting the plea of rapist Dhananjoy Chatterjee, who was hanged thereafter. He anwsered critics over the delay in deciding on the mercy plea of Afzal Guru, who was on the death row after he was convicted of the terror attack on Parliament, saying he had not received any papers from the government. Guru was subsequently hanged. (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    10. APJ Abdul Kalam also faced criticism over his assent from abroad to the controversial decision to impose President's rule in Bihar in 2005. He, however, sought to dismiss the criticism, saying he has no regrets. (Express File Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    11. For his contribution to the missile programme, he was awarded with Bharat Ratna, the highest civilian award in 1997. He was also awarded Padma Bhushan in 1981 and Padma Vibhushan in 1990. (Express Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    12. APJ Abdul Kalam on one occasion showed that he was not a rubber stamp-like Constitutional head by refusing to approve the Office-of-Profit Bill. It was an unexpected response that sent tremors across the political establishment, especially the ruling Congress and its leftist allies. The next day, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was left to explain the matter to the President and somehow get his consent for the Prevention of Disqualification (Amendment) Bill 2006. (Express Photo)

  • APJ Abdul kalam passes away

    13. Known for his unique interactive skills, Kalam made it a point to involve students in his speeches and lectures irrespective of their age-group. After the lectures, he would often ask students to write to him and he did not fail to respond to many messages that he got. (Express Photo)

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    14. Post-presidency, APJ Kalam worked as a visiting professor at Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Ahmedabad and Indore and several research and academic insitutions across the country and world. (Express Photo)

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    15. APJ Kalam authored several books with the 'Wings of Fire', 'India 2020' and 'Ignited Minds' being the most read best-sellers. (Express Photo)

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    Raj sankela
    Jul 30, 2015 at 7:09 am
    Chirag se na pucho Baaki tel kitna hai, Sanso se na pucho baki khel kitna hai, Pucho us kafan mein lipte se Zindagi mein gham or kafan me sukoon kitna hai........ Allbida my friend ...
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      CA. Subhash Chandra Podder
      Jul 29, 2015 at 7:39 am
      We missed him forever but he ( APJ ABDUL KALAM ) will lives in our memory .
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