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Remembering the ‘People’s President’, APJ Abdul Kalam

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Wednesday marks the first death anniversary of former Indian president APJ Abdul Kalam, fondly known as the People’s President, who breathed his last in Shillong last year. Kalam, a scientist who is known as the father of India’s missile defence programme, was one of India’s most-loved presidents. His death was mourned by thousands as they poured into the island town of Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu to pay their last respects.

Source: Hindusan Times
Source: Hindustan Times

International sand artist from Odisha, Sudharshan Pattanaik paying his tribute to APJ Abdul Kalam

Source: India.com
Source: India.com

Born into a poor family in Rameswaram as Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, he sold newspapers to fund his education and later studied physics and aerospace engineering in Tamil Nadu.

Source: Hindustan Times
Source: Hindustan Times

In this photo taken on 26 May 1989, Abdul Kalam is attending Agni’s Scientists Press Conference.

Source: Indian Express
Source: Indian Express

The then President KR Narayanan conferring the Bharat Ratna to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam in New Delhi.

Source: India Today
Source: India Today

Kalam was interested in Indian classical music and has penned books which have been best sellers- Ignited Minds, Wings of Fire, Indomitable Spirit and India 2020.

Source: Indian Express
Source: Indian Express

One of the little known facts about former President APJ Abdul Kalam is that he has a medical invention to his name — a coronary stent built with missile composites that dramatically brought down the cost of heart stents from Rs 55,000 to Rs 10,000 in the mid-1990s.

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He was known as the ‘people’s President’ as he set a target of addressing 500,000 students during his five-year term. Even after leaving office in 2007, “Kalam Chacha” (“Uncle Kalam”), would receive hundreds of emails a day from young people inspired by his exhortation to “dream, dream, dream!”. It is said that he replied in person to nearly all of them.

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