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10 Stories of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931, at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu.

1- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam‘s childhood dream was to become a combat pilot for the Indian Air Force but his dreams were shattered when he was ranked 9th when there have been only 8 openings within the IAF.

2- India had conducted its first nuclear test on Buddha Jayanti in 1974, the operation was named ‘Smiling Buddha’. Kalam had nothing to try to do with this complete project but Raja Ramanna, who was handling India’s nuclear proliferation program after Homi Jahangir Bhabha’s death, called Kalam before the test. He was called as a representative of the Terminal Ballistics lab (TBRL) attached to the DRDO.

3- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam also wont to work on the requirements of the commoner and kept on making efforts to use technology so as to form necessary items affordable for folk, With the assistance of Soma Raju, Chairman of Care Hospital, Hyderabad, he had created a reasonable coronary stent named ‘Kalam-Raju Stent’. 14 years later, in 2102, the 2 joined hands to style a tablet computer for health care workers in rural areas, which was named as ‘Kalam-Raju Tablet’.

4- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam died suddenly during a function at IIM Shillong on July 27, 2015. A colleague of Kalam said that his last words were ‘Funny guys, are you doing well?

5- He was the sole President of India, who was a bachelor, a vegetarian, had no personal TV of his own, and lived a really simple life.

6- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam’s father was an Imam at a mosque and Kalam wont to offer Namaz a day. He also wont to fast during Ramadan. But within the evening, his father wont to have discussions with the priest of Ramnath Swamy temple at a tea shop and therefore the father of a close-by church. Kalam wont to hear these discussions and he developed an interest in knowing more about every religion. He also wont to read tons of Hindu scriptures.

7- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam considered the top of the Swami Narayan sect as his spiritual guru and he also wrote a book, ‘Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji’, about the memories related to Pramukh Swami. When the Akshardham temple in Gandhinagar was attacked by terrorists, Swamiji had sprinkled holy Ganga water on the bodies of every one of the victims of the attack and that is what impressed Kalam.

8- When a replacement bacteria was discovered within the filters of NASA‘s reaction propulsion Laboratory International space platform, it had been named ‘Solibacillus Kalami’ in honor of Kalam. The Indian government has also named the location of the National Missile Test in Orissa after the name of Dr. Kalam.

9- Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was the third President to possess been awarded the Bharat Ratna even before getting appointed to the highest post. Earlier, Dr. Sarvapalli Radhakrishnan and Dr. Zakir Hussain were also honored with Bharat Ratna before becoming the President. Dr. Kalam received the Bharat Ratna in 1997, while he was elected as President in 2002.

10 – There were tons of controversy regarding mercy petitions during Dr. Kalam’s presidency. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam disposed of just one mercy petition out of 21 during his term. He only rejected the mercy petition of Dhananjay Chatterjee, who was convicted of raping a 15-year-old girl in Kolkata. But Dr. Kalam didn’t take any decision on the opposite mercy petitions


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