In one of the most unfortunate and saddening events in Modern India’s history, India’s 11th President, Bharat Ratna Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam has passed away. Cause of his untimely death, which occured while he was addressing a function in Shillong. He was 84 years old.
Considered one of the most brilliant minds the country ever saw in the field of physics and science, Dr. Kalam is fondly remembered and loved by every Indian, not just in India but across the globe. He was one of the driving forces in Former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s successful nuclear tests, which took India’s defence and security to a whole new level.
Born in Tamil Nadu in a poor family, Dr. Kalam’s childhood was full of struggles, with his family not able to afford even his primary education. He however continued to fight with several hardships, including the death of both of his parents, to become one of the most glorified names in scientific community across the globe.
Respected by political, bureaucratic brass across all sections, he became India’s President in July,2002, a post he held on for a full five-year term till July 2007.
While his contribution to India’s defence was unmatched, his contribution to the scientific community as a whole has been unparalleled. Conferred with India’s highest civilian honour, Bharat Ratna in 1997, the “Missile Man Of India” drove rapid modernisation of India’s missile launching capabilities.
His achievements, his contribution, his personality, his honesty — nothing can be covered in a single post or an entire website for instance — the truest Indian in every sense.
I, along with the entire team of The Tech Portal, pay our sincerest condolences to perhaps India’s truest citizen, in every sense.
Sir, you will be missed.