That day, while delivering a lecture, a sudden cardiac arrest took him away from all of us. That day, the incredible scientist who turned into an able statesman, passed away. We popularly know him as the 11th President of India, Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, widely referred to as the ‘People’s President’. Today marks the second death anniversary of the ‘Missile Man of India’, the visionary behind the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.
His Inspiring Words
As I child his words were one of the most inspiring quotes I read in the newspaper, for they were not only pragmatic but also authentic.
“Dream, dream, dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts result in action”
Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam
In his book, India 2020, he has conveyed the action plan that must be implemented so as to make India a developed nation by the year 2020.
“Educationists should build the capacities of the spirit of inquiry, creativity, entrepreneurial and moral leadership among students and become their role model.”
Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam
The eminent personality was very humble and loved to educate the young generation, for he believed that the youth are the building blocks of the future. He has been an exceptional professor, aerospace scientist and a proficient author.
He was a rewarded with India’s highest civilian honor, Bharat Ratna (1997) and with Padma Vibhushan (1990) & Padma Bhushan (1981) earlier for his contribution to space and nuclear technology. Apart from these, he had 7 honorary doctorates from 40 universities.
While all enumerated above is a part of the loving memories that Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam has blessed us with, the year 2017 marks 25th July as an important day. The Memorial of Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam in Rameshwaram where he was buried was inaugurated today by PM Narendra Modi. The memorial bears photographs from his life, replicas of missiles and weapons he gifted India, his official outfit and statues of his works, inspiring one and all. Also, the Kalam 2020 Science Vehicle was flagged off, fondly remembering our Missile Man.
All I hope today is that India is blessed with many more Kalams so that we can jointly achieve the vision of India 2020. He was 83 when he died, but he shall continue to inspire generations for 83 million years that are yet to come.
Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam had rightly said:
“Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.”