Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was an aerospace scientist who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. He was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering.
Kalam was elected as the 11th President of India in 2002 with the support of both the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and the then-opposition Indian National Congress. Widely referred to as the “People’s President”, he returned to his civilian life of education, writing and public service after a single term. He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour.
*WINGS OF FIRE : THE INSPIRATIONAL BOOK
It was written by Dr. Kalam and Arun Tiwari.
Kalam examines his early life, effort, hardship, fortitude, luck and chance that eventually led him to lead Indian space research, nuclear and missile programs. Kalam started his career, after graduating from Aerospace engineering at MIT (Chennai), India, at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited and was assigned to build a hovercraft prototype. Later he moved to ISRO and helped establish the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre and pioneered the first space launch-vehicle program.
During the 1990s and early 2000, Kalam moved to the DRDO to lead the Indian nuclear weapons program, with particular successes in thermonuclear weapons development culminating in the operation Smiling Buddha and an ICBM Agni (missile). Kalam died on 27 July 2015, during a speech at Indian Institute of Management in Shillong, Meghalaya.
His association with Thumba and Satellite Launch Vehicle and related projects are vividly presented in the section ‘Creation’. During the period covered under ‘Creation’, Kalam, in the year 1976, lost his father who lived up to 102 years of age. Kalam took the bereavement with courage and remembered these words written on the death of William Butler Yeats by his friend Auden, and his father:
Earth receive an honoured guest;
William Yeats is laid to rest:
In the prison of his days
Teach the free man how to praise.
The period covered in the section ‘Creation’ also brought Kalam national recognition. A pleasant surprise came in the form of conferment of Padma Bhushan on the Republic Day,1981.
APJ Abdul Kalam inspirational quotes
“You have to dream before the dream comes true.”
“The bird is powered by its own life and by its motivation.”
“One best book is equal to a hundred good friends, but one good friend is equal to a library.”
There are numerous quotes given by our ‘Missile man of India’ where he is inspiration for all of us. He was a live example for all of us, set an example to be the one who was an amazing, enthusiastic, philanthropist person. He is an great impression to all the students to dream and achieve something in their lives.
We all thank for his parents to give such a prosperous kind-hearted human being to our country.