On Monday (27th July 2015), the ex-president of the country, also known as “people’s President”, for his down to earth and humble personality – Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam – passed away after collapsing during a lecture at the IIM, Shillong.
He was India’s 11th president (served 2002-07) and one of India’s most eminent scientists who received honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions worldwide. His role in advancing India’s nuclear program honored him with the title “the Missile Man of India”.
Born into a humble South Indian family – his father rented a boat to fishermen working the strait between India and Sri Lanka – Dr. Kalam was singled out as a promising student and went on to study aeronautics.
He studied aeronautical engineering in the hope of becoming a fighter pilot but was eliminated from contention in a final round of qualifying interviews. He took an entry-level job at Hindustan Aeronautics instead and was later hired by the Indian space research organization and defense research and development organization. There he helped develop India’s first satellite launch vehicle and guided missile program.
He also led a frugal life, which was reflected during his stay in the stately Rashtrapati Bhavan.
Mr. Kalam’s human qualities are remarkable and always made him outshine in every arena. His sudden demise is a tremendous loss to the country.
We pass our condolences to his family and the nation at large. We hope that the youngsters take inspiration from the man who always used to stand for the country and developed solutions for nation’s betterment.
Source: Indian Express