The ‘Missile Man of India’, the ‘People’s President’, Bharat Ratna recipient Abdul Kalam spread his goodness to the world. He was honored with Padma Bhushan, Padma Vibhushan, Von Braun Award and Hoover Medal.
He was a scientist, a teacher and an author. He was raised in poor financial condition. He supported his family by selling newspapers at an early age. He was bright in studies and had strong desire to learn. He missed his dream to become a fighter pilot, as there were eight vacancies in IAF and he was in ninth position. But this dream of his was achieved during his Presidency. He became the first Indian President to fly a fighter plane.
Abdul Kalam played a major role in making India a nuclear power. He was one of the best known nuclear scientist. He was admired worldwide. Switzerland celebrates his day of visit, May 26th, as Science Day, in his honor. He received honorary doctorates from 40 universities. United Nations declared 15th October, his birthday, as “World Students’ Day”. Tamil Nadu declared the same day as ‘Youth Renaissance Day’.
His teachings and musings are still an inspiration for many. One of his quotes:
Give wings to the fire in you. Spread the goodness. Let the world receive the nobility of your deeds.