Once he had said, “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?” Born on October 15, 1931, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam lived up to every single word that he said and even more than that. In another endeavor to motivate and inspire the youth, he was in IIM Shillong on July 27, 2015, from where he never returned.
Sudden demise of the ‘Missile Man of India’ has left the nation immensely saddened. Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam suffered cardiac arrest while delivering speech at IIM Shillong following which he was taken to Bethany Hospital where he breathed his last. Inspiration for millions, a Youth Icon in his 70s and a great individual, Dr. Kalam was beloved of India and people across the world. From being born in a family with meager income to becoming first citizen of India, he journey was marked by odd jobs, endless love for education and hard work. He was a scientist, an administrator, an orator, a writer and much more.
Punjab Government expresses heartfelt tribute to the Hon’ble 11th President of India and mourns his sudden demise as the country has lost a real ‘Bharat Ratna’. Dr. Kalam was also a recipient of Padma Bhushan and Padma Vibhushan from the Government of India. He was honored with King Charles II Medal by the Royal Society, U.K. in 2007. He was bestowed with honorary doctorates from 40 universities from across the globe. United Nations honored Dr. Kalam by declaring October 15 as World Students’ Day on his 79th birthday. At the age of 72 in 2003 and 75 in 2006, he was nominated for MTV Youth Icon of the Year award. Because of his great contribution to the development of missiles in the country, he was fondly called ‘The Missile Man of India’. And the list would never end.
Dr. Kalam visited Punjab on 400th anniversary of installation of Guru Granth Sahib. He paid obeisance at Sri Harmandir Sahib on the day and addressed the gathering where he congratulated the people on the auspicious occasion and gave a message of love and communal harmony. He was honored by SGPC with a sword on the day. Where the whole nation is mourning the demise of the former President, Punjab CM Mr. Badal also sent a condolence message in which he described Dr. Kalam as “a towering and multifaceted personality, an eminent academician, a noted scientist and above all a fine human being”.