He went from distributing newspapers after school during childhood to become the President of our country. He was awarded Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna – the highest civilian honour. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam made every day of his life count for all it’s worth, till very last breath he took yesterday.
Former President of India and reputed scientist Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam passed away on Monday evening at a hospital in Meghalaya. Reports say he collapsed while delivering a lecture at Indian Institute of Management in Shillong and was admitted in the hospital in a very critical condition.
The 11th president of our country was 83 when he passed away. The doctors reportedly said that he suffered from a cardiac arrest.
We all pays tribute to Late Dr. Kalam with a heavy heart. Though he was known by many tags –‘People’s president’, ‘Missile Man’, ‘The man behind Vision 2020’; He will not only be remembered for the immeasurably remarkable achievements and marks he left behind, but surely as a Great Human, for his determined character, for his love, for his patriotism, for he could ignite our minds.
Children simply loved him because he became one among them a man with long grey hair but playful, bright eyes and words that set their imagination on fire.
In his autobiography ‘Wings of Fire’ Dr Kalam wrote “We are all born with a divine fire in us. Our efforts should be to give wings to this fire and fill the world with the glow of its goodness.”
He was born in Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu on October 15, 1931. A determined soul since childhood, he started working at an early age to contribute to the family income. He was brought up in a multi-religious, tolerant society; one with a progressive outlook. He overcame all odds and carried on to pursue graduation in physics and later study aerospace engineering on a scholarship.
He joined the Defence Research and Development Organization as a scientist after completing engineering. At DRDO he got the opportunity design a small helicopter and work with legendary space scientist Vikram Sarabhai.
In 1969, after his transfer to Indian Space Research Organization. Kalam became project director of India’s first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle, SLV-III. It successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 and made India an exclusive member of the Space Club.
In the interim though not involved he got the opportunity to witness India’s first nuclear test Smiling Buddha in May 1974. During the 80s and the 90s Dr Kalam developed and operationalised the AGNI and PRITHVI missiles as chief of the Integrated Guided Missile Development Program.
From 1992 to 1999 Dr Kalam worked as the Scientific Advisor to the Defence Minister and Secretary of the DRDO. And then came perhaps the biggest turning point of his life as a man of science which made him the country’s best known nuclear scientist.
India carried out its second nuclear test Pokharan II with Dr Kalam as Chief Project Coordination along when former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was at the helm.
His transition from scientist to statesman took place on the 25th of July, 2002 when he was sworn in as the 11th President of India after winning the election with the backing of the two major rival political parties, the BJP and the Congress.
All of us can draw inspiration from his words.
“Dream is not that which you see while sleeping it is something that does not let you sleep”
Dr Kalam may have gone into internal sleep now but his dreams need to live on in each of us, inspiring us to make them come true and take India to heights even beyond the imagination of the visionary Dr A P J Abdul Kalam.
List of awards:
Year of Award
Name of award
|2014||Doctor of Science||Edinburgh University, UK|
|2012||Doctor of Laws (Honoris Causa)||Simon Fraser University|
|2011||IEEE Honorary Membership||IEEE|
|2010||Doctor of Engineering||University of Waterloo|
|2009||Honorary Doctorate||Oakland University|
|2009||Hoover Medal||ASME Foundation, USA|
|2009||International von Kármán Wings Award||California Institute of Technology, USA|
|2008||Doctor of Engineering (Honoris Causa)||Nanyang Technological University, Singapore|
|2007||Honorary Doctorate of Science and Technology||Carnegie Mellon University|
|2007||King Charles II Medal||Royal Society, UK|
|2007||Honorary Doctorate of Science||University of Wolverhampton, UK|
|2000||Ramanujan Award||Alwars Research Centre, Chennai|
|1998||Veer Savarkar Award||Government of India|
|1997||Indira Gandhi Award for National Integration||Indian National Congress|
|1997||Bharat Ratna||Government of India|
|1994||Distinguished Fellow||Institute of Directors|
|1990||Padma Vibhushan||Government of India|
|1981||Padma Bhushan||Government of India|
Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the ‘missile man’ who became popular as ‘People’s President’ died on Monday evening after he suffered a massive cardiac arrest and collapsed while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong.
In recent history, only a few people had endeared themselves to the young and old, to the poor and the rich, to the educated and the unlettered, and to the people belonging to different faiths and speaking different languages and that person was Mr. Kalam Sir…
when you became the President, you gave the word ‘hope’ a new meaning for Indians… Today, we have lost a great leader who inspired our young minds to feel that we live in the greatest nation on earth and that each one of them can achieve great things…
You were true inspiration for me and all youths like me from our country. This is really huge loss for all of us. No one can fill your place. You will be always our source of inspiration.
May the god lead you to heaven. RIP to Kalam Sir…
I keep remembering one of my Guru’s teachings about happiness. She says that people universally tend to think that happiness is a stroke of luck, something that will maybe descend upon you like fine weather if you’re fortunate enough. But that’s not how happiness works.
Happiness is the consequence of personal effort. You fight for it, strive for it, insist upon it, and sometimes even travel around the world looking for it. You have to participate relentlessly in the manifestations of your own blessings. And once you have achieved a state of happiness, you must never become lax about maintaining it, you must make a mighty effort to keep swimming upward into that happiness forever, to stay afloat on top of it. If you don’t you will eat away your innate contentment.
It’s easy enough to pray when you’re in distress but continuing to pray even when your crisis has passed is like a sealing process, helping your soul hold tight to its good attainments.
Mother nature has her own way of rendering her monsoon stories. With a light drizzle, she sings the songs of love. With a bright sky and crystal-clear drops, she asks us to dance in the rain. With lightning, thunderstorm, she cries over a suppressed heart break.
The language of nature is beautiful. Listen carefully!
Today’s society has been developing quickly, mass medias such as Internet, telephone, email, social network (Facebook, Twitter and so on) are more and more popular, and more international inventions make everybody over all the world come closer together. The tendency of globalization is certain. This has brought many benefits for people both physical and mental. However, there are too many social relationships and things to tackle everyday such as job, finance, looking after their children, studying and so on. While ability of people is limited. They can not work or stand too many tasks in the same time. Therefore, many people are sick, especially high blood pressure, heart disease, physical weakness, depression. Even among some people were died of these diseases. In fact, there were also some people who killed themselves.
In the past time, people have less relationships, science did not support life much, link of areas, continents, global did not be closed and wide. So people work and think less stressful. As a result, people hardly suffered from stress-related illnesses.
To avoid above problem. We have to have health living. We have to work, eat, drink, relax scientifically and logically. We should not work or think over stressfully for a long time. Their diet are logic with full of ingredient, such as meat, fish, vegetable and so on. Avoid eating too fatty, oil, sugar or drinking too much beer and wine. We should regularly play sport activities, such as football, tennis, volleyball, badminton, jogging to stay their health, keep fit and relax after hard working days. Doing well above activities, we can overcome stress and preserve happy life in modern society.
Do you agree that we are getting closer to people from around the world but going away from our own people? Yes, I am agree. Because we are always running to achieve our goal and spend many hours in office or at work area. We hardly spend time with family. And it is generally accepted that families are not as close as they used to be.
For the past century it is a family tradition to spend more time with them and to know more of our relatives. However, in the recent decades it is noticeably getting loose. Family ties are now weak.
In this modern age, living a life is a competition in terms of attending to school or work. People are more aggressive in achieving their short and long-term goals. Yet, it compromises their time with their family. Less effort on appearing in family reunions to get to know both sides of your parent’s relatives. Another reason is that there are some families went and live overseas and had a hard time going back to their hometowns and totally lose the communication. Lastly, family rivalries is very normal for members of the flesh and blood to quarrel. Unfortunately, there are times that they do not like to patch things up or perhaps people who are involved are not ready to forgive yet. By this reason the gap between the families are taking its toll and unable to reach and settle their issues.
As the saying goes “when there is life, there is hope” it is not too late and not impossible to get the closeness back. We can use the old traditions and new technology. Always find time to spend with your loved ones like be home at dinner time. In this way, parents can catch up the their children. What happened in school and offer to assist them on their assignments. Set the family reunions during public holidays so everyone is off from their office jobs and have a chance to meet the rest of the clan. If living in different city or country take an advance of technology such as Skype or Viber to call free from anywhere in the world. Keep sending electronic mails where you can reply in minutes. Text messaging is an innovation where we can communicate anytime in our fingertips.
There are plenty of ways to get the family intact as this will benefit our next generations. Blood is thicker than water as they say and we know in our hearts, whatever happens we can still run to our families to seek comfort.
Friends suggest how families could be brought closer together in your views from your experience.
Cherish every day and every moment.Yes, laugh, sing, play and remember to find time to pray.Enjoy the cool breeze or rays of the sun. Smile and tell someone you love them.Yes, cherish every day before the days pass away.
Take time to live and enjoy your life. It is a gift not to be taken lightly. Cherish it and make good use of it. 🙂