NEW DELHI: The nation on Friday paid homage to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, who is fondly remembered as the ‘People’s President’ and the ‘Missile Man of India’ on his third death anniversary.
Born on October 15, 1931, in Tamil Nadu’s Rameswaram, Dr APJ Kalam served as the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007. Kalam, who had penned several books and inspired millions through his philosophy of ‘simple living and high thinking’, died due to a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong on July 27, 2015.
As an eminent scientist, educationist, author, visionary, philanthropist and orator, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam donned several hats in his life. 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.