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APJ Abdul Kalam Dead : 5 Facts You Need to Know

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July 27, 2015
APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, Dies at 83

APJ Abdul Kalam, Former President of India, Dies at 83


Five Facts about Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam which made him Great!

A great son of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is no more. Dr. Kalam died on 27th July, 2015 while on duty doing his passionate work of teaching, at Shillong. The void that Kalam has left can never be filled by anyone. Dr. Kalam was the simplest person who adorned the highest post of India – President. Despite being the President of India, he was never attached to the ‘chair’ and was more interested in science, teaching, research and had a vision of making India a developed country by the year 2020. Here are five interesting facts everyone needs to know about this great visionary.

  1. Kalam was born in Dhanushkodi near Rameshwaram, South India, into a poor family. Kalam worked as Paper boy and did many other small odd jobs to support his family. He graduated in Physics and continued his studies in Aerospace Engineering. Though he got as many as 40 many honorary doctorate degrees, he never did Ph.D to get a doctorate.
  1. Kalam was always keen on improving the living condition of rural India, and after becoming the President, he donated all his savings to the development of villages. His view was that after becoming President all his expenses will be taken care of by the Government and hence he does not need any assets. He formed a trust Pura – Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas, which was launched in Gulbarga of Karnataka.


  1. Even after becoming a successful man, occupying top position in DRDO and ISRO and adorning the highest post of India, he never forgot his foot marks. He invited a shoe repairer who was sitting on the street side in Thiruvananthapuram, whom Kalam new since his younger days, to Rajbhavan for lunch.


  1. He was more passionate about science and teaching than politics and administration. He was keen on helping the children. He was listening to every word of children, no matter how long they talk and would respond to in whatever way it was possible. Once a boy asked him, if he can buy crutches to help him walk from the small amount he had? This disturbed Kalam so much that he dedicated his one week time to invent a light weight, affordable crutches.


  1. He was an environmentalist at heart and took care of small things seriously. When a proposal was given to fix glass pieces to the compound wall of DRDO, he rejected that saying it would be difficult for birds to sit if glasses are fixed.

A great personality, the Missile man of India, People’s President, Bharata Ratna in the true sense has left a sweet memory in every person he has met, which will never die.


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