It’s a great loss for India today as the ‘missile man’ has passed away at 83. Our former President APJ Abdul Kalam passed away on Monday in Shillong while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management.
At around 6:30 pm. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam collapsed on stage at the IIM. He was immediately rushed to the Bethany hospital by 7 pm. Doctors said he suffered from a massive cardiac arrest and passed away before he was admitted in hospital.
He was brought into hospital without a pulse or BP. There was no sign of life John Sailo Ryntathiang,
– said director of Bethany Hospital.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007, was born in Rameswaram on 15 October 1931 to a Tamil Muslim family in Rameswaram in of Tamil Nadu. His father was Jainulabdeen, a boat owner and his mother Ashiamma, a housewife. He came from a poor background and started working at an early age to supplement his family’s income. After completing school, young Kalam distributed newspapers to contribute to his father’s income. He narrowly missed achieving his dream of becoming a fighter pilot, as he placed 9th in qualifiers. And only eight positions were available in the IAF then.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam spent the next four decades as a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).He was intimately involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts. He thus came to be known as the “Missile Man of India” for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.
He played a pivotal role in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998, the first since the test by India in 1974. He was known as the missile man of India. For his achievements, he was awarded the Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna, and then he became the 11th President of India in 2002.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam will always be remembered for his peerless service and contribution to India. Rest in Peace sir.