July 27, 2021: The death anniversary of APJ Abdul Kalam was observed today.
As the country paid tribute to the former President of India on his 6th death anniversary, it also mourned the loss of a distinguished scientist and a visionary leader.
Death anniversary of APJ Abdul Kalam 2021: Ministers pay tribute
The ‘Missile Man of India’ has been a great contributor to India’s vision for development. He was born on October 15, 1931, at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu. He died of cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015, while doing the thing he loved the most, inspiring young students by giving a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management in Shillong.
Vice president M..Venkaiah Naidu talked about APJ Abdul Kalam’s “stellar contribution” as he remembered the country’s 11th President.
“My humble tributes to former President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his Punya Tithi today. He was a distinguished scientist, a visionary statesman & above all a great human being. His stellar contribution strengthened our defence & space capabilities,” Naidu tweeted.
Union minister of petroleum and natural gas Hardeep Singh Puri remembered Kalam saying “Remembering one of India’s most popular & admired former Presidents Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Ji on his death anniversary. I had the privilege of working with him when he was the Scientific Advisor to RM & I was a JS in MoD. Has always been an inspiration.”
Death anniversary of APJ Abdul Kalam 2021: The man who inspired a whole country
In Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam’s autobiography Wings of Fire, one can come vis-a-vis his narrative of life and how he saw dreams and consistent work to be liberating.
Born into a modest family, to a fisherman, his childhood days were difficult but he worked hard and studied well to achieve his goals. He attended St. Joseph’s College and went on to study aeronautical engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology.
In 1958, Dr Kalam joined the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and over a decade later, in 1969, he moved to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). He was the project director for the SLV-III, the first satellite launch vehicle, designed and produced in India.
Dr Kalam returned to DRDO in 1982 and implemented the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program, which later earned him the famous nickname of the “Missile Man of India”.
A man truly loved by all Indians
Dr Kalam was a visionary like no other. Dr Kalam also had the distinction of working with political parties across the ideological spectrum.
However, his vision for the nation was exemplary.
He was appointed as the scientific advisor to the defence minister under the P.V. Narsimha Rao government.
Dr Kalam played a critical role in India’s 1998 nuclear weapon test under the leadership of then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. And while the international community expressed displeasure over the development and even imposed economic sanctions on India, the May 1998 Pokhran-II tests made Dr Kalam a household name.
In 1999, when Mr Vajpayee returned to power, Dr Kalam served as the principal scientific adviser to the government until 2001. A year later, he succeeded K.R. Narayanan as the President of India.
Dr Kalam was honoured with Padma Bhushan in 1990 and Bharat Ratna in 1997, the country’s highest civilian honour.