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RIP Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (APJ Abdul Kalam) - Dhakkanz
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RIP Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (APJ Abdul Kalam)

Dr. Abdul Kalam
Dr. Abdul Kalam

It Is Very Easy To Defeat Someone, But It Is Very Hard To Win Someone

~ Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

How many of us know Dr. Abdul Kalam? Here are a few things which very Indian should know about Dr. APJ Kalam:

  • Dr. Kalam was born in Tamil-Muslim family on 15th October, 1931.
  • He was a well known scientist who played a big role in India’s nuclear testing in 1998
  • A few missiles successfully tested by him – Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul, etc.

Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life

~ Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
  • Due to the above, he was given a name of ‘Missile Man’
  • He was Aerospace Engineer with DRDO and ISRO
  • He has been honored with Doctorates from 40 different universities

When you speak, speak the truth; perform when you promise; discharge your trust…Withhold your hands from striking, and from taking that which is unlawful and bad…

~ Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
  • Indian government has also honored him with Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990) and Bharat Ratna (1997) awards
  • In 1998, Dr. Kalam, together with Dr. Soma Raju, developed a low-cost stent, which costs mere 5,000-7,000 (read this article)
  • He had missed an opportunity to become a Fighter Pilot. He was ranked 9th in the tests and only 8 positions were available at that time

My worthiness is all my doubt His Merit- all my fear- Contrasting which my quality Does however appear

~ Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam
  • He served as a President of India between 2002-2007
  • As a president of India, he was criticized for his inaction on 20 (out of 21) Mercy Pleas, including those of Afzal Guru (a terrorist who conspired the attack on Indian Parliament)
  • In 2012, many parties (including BJP, Indian National Congress) expressed interest in supporting him for another term as President. But Dr. Kalam expressed his decision, not to

Another great quote by the Man himself:

I will not be presumptuous enough to say that my life can be a role model for anybody; but some poor child living in an obscure place in an underprivileged social setting may find a little solace in the way my destiny has been shaped. It could perhaps help such children liberate themselves from the bondage of their illusory backwardness and hopelessness?..

~ Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. Kalam was giving a lecture to IIM, Shillong students around 6:40 PM on 27th July, 2015, when he suddenly collapsed. He was taken to a nearby hospital, where doctors confirmed his condition to be critical.

The man was declared dead on 27th July, 2015. RIP


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