“Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success.” Yes, these are the words of our people’s president, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam and he has been an inspiration to many. and today is his birth anniversary.
Born on 15th October 1931 in a middle class family Rameswaram, he pursued his graduation in science from St. Joseph’s College, Trichy in 1954. Later on, he went for Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) in 1957. Due to his immense contribution in launch vehicle technology and missile technology, he was also known as the missile man of India. Not only did he excel in science and technology, but he also held intense interest in music, literature, philosophy and a lot of languages. He also held the presidential post of India in 2002, h and became the 11th President of India. Since then, kalam has been immortalized in the hearts of people as the ‘People’s President’.
Talking about his contribution in SLVs and missiles, Kalam leaded the designing and manufacturing of India’s first ever satellite launch vehicle, SLV III, that was to be used for launching the Rohini satellite into the Earth’s orbit. He was involved with ISRO for a time span of twenty long years. And later on, he joined DRDO and took up the responsibility to developing missiles. There he took up the responsibility for the development and operation of Agni and Prithvi missiles, making them a success. There are so many other achievements of Kalam, exemplifying his love for space science, but he was equally in love with language.
Kalam was an outstanding writer and wrote 18 books, 22 poems and 4 songs during his lifetime. He also received 48 doctorates from universities across the world. Apart from that, Kalam was also awarded Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990, and Bharat Ratna in 1997. He was equally concerned with the education facilities and healthcare facilities available to the citizens of nation. He has made immense contribution in the field of education, and he also loved to be identified as a teacher. May it be a coincidence or not, but in July 2015, while delivering a lecture, he collapsed on the floor and passed away on July 27, doing his favourite job, i.e. teaching. His pious soul might have left the body, but his quotes, his teachings, his legacy will always remain with us.