New Delhi: The nation on Friday paid homage to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who is fondly remembered as the ‘Missile Man of India’ on his third death anniversary.
Dr APJ Kalam served as the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007. Kalam Born on October 15, 1931, in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram, who died due to a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong on July 27, 2015.
Fondly known as the ‘missile man’, he played a crucial role in the 1998 Pokhran-II nuclear tests. He was also associated with India’s space program and missile development program.
He was honoured with several prestigious awards including India’s highest civilian honour “Bharat Ratna” in 1997.
Young Kalam would distribute newspapers after his school hours to add to his father’s income and support his poor family.
He was very popular among the children and the country’s youth and inspired them to think big in life. He also penned nearly 25 books, including India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium, Wings of Fire: An Autobiography, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power within India, Mission of India: A Vision of Indian Youth.