Popularly known as the ‘Missile Man‘ of India, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam rose from a humble background to become, as we know him as, the ‘People’s President’ (11th President of India) who inspired all, especially the young. While delivering a lecture in IIM Shillong on the evening of 27th July 2015, he collapsed due to a cardiac arrest and our nation suffered a tremendous loss in the form of his demise.
From a nuclear scientist to a professor, from a great humanitarian to an inspirational and visionary speaker, Dr. Kalam was an ideal motivational figure to look at. His contributions to the nation as a scientist, president and a stimulating figure are beyond words.
During this period he led the weaponisation of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in association with the Department of Atomic Energy, making India a Nuclear Weapon State.
In his literary pursuit, he authored four inspirational and influencing books: Wings of Fire (1999), Ignited Minds (2002), Guiding Souls – Dialogues on the Purpose of Life (2005) and My Journey – Transforming Dreams into Actions (2013).
In order to defeat the widespread evil of corruption, Dr. Kalam announced his movement called ‘What Can I Give?’ in 2011. This movement also covered a wide range of social, ethical and environmental issues of vital importance.
This icon of simplicity was also a Veena player and was inevitably filled with energy.
Although the missing place of Dr. Kalam can never get filled, but his words of immense wisdom will be with us forever and inspire us to add value to the world.