One of the most remarkable and unforgettable personality of India which has made the country proud in front of the whole world with his exceptional ideas and outstanding ideas. The person is Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen aka “A. P. J.” Abdul Kalam.
He was the 11th President of India too from 2002 to 2007, he turned from a career scientist to a Politician, Kalam was born and raised in RAmeshwara, Tamil Nadu and studied Physics and aerospace engineering there, after completing his studies he spent the next four decades setting remarkable establishments and exceptional ideas which have remarked the Indian in front of the World.
He was also known as the ‘Missile Man Of India’ that is because he has worked mostly as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts. While also setting his benchmark as a pivotal organizational, technical, and political role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, this was the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.
He became the 11th President of India in 2002 with getting support from both ruling and opposition party, namely BJP and Congress. While this is the journey which is in front of everyone.
Below are the facts which will go to show his fight behind the lights and some very rare and unknown facts:
1. He was born on 15th October 1931 in a Tamil Muslim Family, and his father JAinulabudeen was boat owner and his mother Ashima was a simple housewife in Ramanathapuram district of Tamil Nadu, Kalam’s childhood was not at all easy or privileged.
2. He was so much caring and dedicated to his family that he used to distribute newspapers after his school hours to help his family and adding the small income to his father’s.
3. He is also one of the most intelligent students who can withstand long hours of study without taking breaks.
4. His most favorite subject which was Maths and Physics later become his passion as he turns out to be an Aerospace engineer later and also provided him with a very big opportunity of working in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts.
5. His dedication and passion while still marking his skills and knowledge for the development of Ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology, honors him with the name of ‘Missile Man of India’.
6. 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.
7. One of the only person in India who has got all the three awards namely Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibushan and Bharat Ratna, which is one of the biggest achievements in his life.
8. He was also a recipient of Honorary Doctorates from 40 universities.
9. he was also a very prolific writer and has authored around 15 books of his own, which ranges from different subjects ranging from Nuclear physics to spiritual experience.
10. autobiography Wings of Fire: An Autobiography , first published in English, has been translated into 13 languages including French and Chinese and still there are 6 more autobiographies on his life and achievements.
11. There is also a movie on his life which is named as ‘I AM KALAM’ which was released in 2011 and is being directed by Nila Madhab Panda.
12. The film showcases a poor Rajasthani boy, who is inspired by the life of the former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam. It’s Kalam’s life which fuels a strong desire to learn in the young boy.
13. He came to the power after Sworn in on 25 July 2002, Kalam became 11th President of India, succeeding KR Narayanan. For his simple and humble attitude, he was affectionately known as the ‘People’s President.’
14. He was also one of the only Asian people to won the ‘Hoover Medal’ which is America’s top engineering prize.