REMEMBRING THE GREAT SOUL: A P J ABDUL KALAM

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A P J ABDUL KALAM: HIS LOSS WILL NEVER BE FULFILLED

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Lifepotter.com expresses its heart-lacerating condolence on the death of the ‘Missile Man of India’- Sh.A P J Abdul Kalam (Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Kalam). Lifepotter.com really feels intellectually and spiritually alone in these hours of eternal loss. He used to be one of the inspiring mentors of lifepotter.com.

A P J Abdul Kalam was also the eleventh President of India (25 July 2002-25 July 2007).
He was known as the ‘People’s President’ owing to his humble, cheerful and hard working personality. He rose from the lowest position (a paper boy- he used to collect newspapers at a railway station) to the highest position (the President of India, the Missile Man of India) in life only due to his sheer hard work, dedication, concentration and integrity. His desire was to make India self-reliant in all spheres of technology.

It was his sheer dedication and love towards his country that ‘Agni and Prithvi’ like missiles and other space research devices were developed under his masterful technical guidance. What could be said about ‘the strength of purpose and conviction’ of a man for whose education his own sister had to mortgage her jewellery. (Kalam was facing a shortage of money to pay his fees)

Talking with and sitting among children used to render him energetic and revitalized. His personality was videogenic and conviviality used to run in his blood. His face never belied his inner feelings of humility, cheerfulness and spirituality. He had positive and optimistic attitude towards life. Kalam, when he was made to handle the organizational and the political part of the ‘Pokharan Nuclear Tests’ didn’t want any animals to be killed by those tests. He was a great naturalist and philanthropic personality. Compassion, love, sympathy and kindness used to be his precious attributes of personality. He never compromised with them through out his life.

He was such a humble and down-to-earth man that when Sh.Atal Bihari Vajpayee offered him to become the eleventh President of India, he initially said no to him. He didn’t have good feelings about politics as a career at that time. Kalam rather told Atal Ji that he would prefer to serve the nation through education and technology only and not through politics. But, when Sh. Atal Ji enlightened him that while serving as the President of India he could easily promote education and scientific endeavor, Kalam got relented and gave his accent to become the eleventh President of India.

The great human loss in ‘2002 Gujarat Riots’ shattered him so much spiritually, that he requested the Prime Minister Sh. Atal Bihari Vajpayee to let him go to Gujarat and share his feelings with the suffered ones. His request was cancelled owing to some political technicality. This rendered him sad and disheartened.

Teaching was his spiritual passion. He was also a bibliophile. Reading books of different genre was his hobby and passion too. In the company of books he never felt himself alone. He stressed on making books as one’s friends. Technology was his pet toy. He never left his passion of teaching- till his death and which can be verily proved from the fact that when he died he was delivering a lecture on ‘Livable Planet’ at IIM Shillong (Meghalaya).

All in all we can say that the great and reverend man like Kalam comes rarely on this earth. Ideas, thoughts and words of Kalam like personalities should not be get limited to only plaques, memorabilia and museums but rather they should be practically followed in all walks of our and country’s life.

Great and honorable Salute to this Great Soul of our country- without whom our country would not have received such respect and admiration from the rest of the world.

Some facts about A P J Abdul Kalam

1. His sister mortgaged her gold bangles to get him admitted into MIT (Madras Institute of Technology). Kalam didn’t have that required money to pay the fees.

2. Mr.Kalam’s father was not formally educated and was into the boat building business, he used to ferry people between Dhanuskodi and his hometown of, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu.

3. Mr.Kalam took great care of his colleagues. A co worker had promised his kids that he would take them to the local carnival after returning from work, the co-worker had also obtained the prior permission of Mr.Kalam to leave early.
The colleague was so engrossed in his work that it was well into the evening when he realised that he had made a promise to his kids. On rushing back home, he came to know through his wife that Mr.Kalam had come earlier and taken his kids to the carnival.

4. Switzerland commemorate Mr.Kalam’s visit to their country as Science day. (May 26)

5. He used to deliver newspapers when he was eight years old, in order to earn some extra money for the family.

6. Kalam’s 79th birthday was recognised as World Student Day by the United Nations.

7. Switzerland has declared May 26 as the Science Day inhonour of visiting President APJ Abdul Kalam.

8. He received honorary doctorates from 40 universities.

9. He was the youngest 83-year-old India has ever seen :

10. Even when he died, it was while delivering a lecture to students at IIM Shillong on a liveable plant. As Meghalaya chief secretary PBO Warjiri said, he passed away in his element, while delivering a lecture to youngsters, on a subject he loved.

11. He was the perfect symbol of meritocratic India, the ideal citizen, and the most positive Indian :
Born in a village to a poor fishing family in Rameswaram, he rose through dint of his own hard work.

12. He was a Renaissance man :
A Muslim, a player of the Veena, as comfortable with the Quran as the Bhagvad Gita, Secretary of DRDO, President of India, as happy to write scientific papers as to write bestsellers for young India.

13. He always put India First :
Whether it was as a scientist or President, he was a patriot first. From reportedly advising Sonia Gandhi to not becoming prime minister in 2004 to fathering the Pokharan explosion, he always said what he felt was right. He was inspired by three of India’s greatest scientists – Dr Vikram Sarabhai, professor Satish Dhawan and Dr Brahm Prakash. He took only two holidays in his life, it is said – both for deaths, of his father and mother.

14. He received the prestigious awards of Bharat Ratna, the Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan.

15. He gave all his life savings and earnings to the PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to the Rural Areas). He used to say that since government is taking care of him, so he would donate his savings and earnings for the betterment of India.

16. He used to write his own ‘Thank you Cards’.

17. When it was declared that he would be the eleventh President of India, Kalam decided to interact with the students of a modest school. He interacted with more than 400 students.

Following are some of the quotes of A P J Abdul Kalam

“You have to dream before your dreams come true.”

“Great dreams of great dreamers are always transcended.”

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”

“Man needs his difficulties because they are necessary to enjoy success.”

“We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us.”

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