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On 15 October, 1931, a boy was born into a Tamil Muslim household. His father, Jainulabdeen, was a boat owner, while his mother, Ashiamma, tended to the household. Dubbed Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, this boy would soon become of the pioneering scientists in India and one of the most beloved Presidents of the nation.
A Simple Beginning
Dr. Abdul Kalam’s story is one rooted in poverty, hard work and discipline. He distributed newspapers in order to help his family earn a living, and at school, he was described as a hard working and brilliant student, especially interested in mathematics. He went on to study physics at the University of Madras, and graduated from the Madras Institute of Technology in 1960. He joined the ranks of other scientists at the Aeronautical Development Establishment of the Defence Research and Development Organization, the DRDO.
The Man and the Missile
A few years later, Dr. Kalam was transferred to yet another prestigious organization, the Indian Space Research Organization, where he spearheaded India’s first Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) as a project director. This vehicle deployed the Rohini satellite in 1980, setting it on a near-earth orbit. Throughout his career, Dr. Kalam constantly strived for excellence and worked hard to inspire future generations. For his achievements and contributions throughout his career, he is also known as the Missile Man of India.
The People’s President
As the 11th President of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam was fondly known as the People’s President. He was also the third Indian President to have been awarded a Bharat Ratna prior to his election.
After the Rashtrapati Bhavan
After completing his term, Dr. Kalam returned to civilian life, inspiring future generations through his written words and his speeches at colleges and universities around India. He speaks constantly of the need for curiosity, a thirst for knowledge and pride towards India.
Words of the Wise
In his books, Dr. Kalam, writes of his optimistic vision for India. In India Vision 2020, He mentions that the time is ripe for India’s growth and that he sees it making landmark progress in the present decade. He also writes of his hopes for the youth and notes that India’s progress heavily depends on the areas of agriculture, education, healthcare, technology, infrastructure and self-reliance. In Ignited Minds, he takes up a topic inspired by a conversation he had with students, centred around a question asking who is India’s enemy. Poverty, answered a young girl, setting the former President on a train of thought about how India needs to change in order to transform into a developed country.
Buy Dr. Kalam’s Books Online
His words are celebrated throughout the country. His message stands as a sigil for hope and optimism. Made easily accessible to the public through online shopping sites, Dr. Kalam’s books spread his ideals to his readers everywhere. His books have been translated into many languages, in a simple, accessible form. His other books include his autobiography, Wings of Fire, a book of speeches, anecdotes, observations and addresses, Indomitable Spirit and a book on the issues of rural India, Target 3 Billion.