- Dr. Kalam redefined the position, went on to become People’s President, the one who touched everyone’s lives.
- There is a museum in Kerala called Dr. Kalam Smriti International Science & Space Museum, dedicated to his incredible journey, has some rare photos and a personal memorabilia
New Delhi, July 27, 2017: APJ Abdul Kalam, the missile man of India, a renowned scientist and former Indian President is fondly remembered by people for his notable contributions to India’s growth. The tag ‘Missile Man’ was given to him due to his extraordinary contribution in the field of aeronautics. He took over the Presidency reigns (2002 to 2007) and redefined the position, went on to become People’s President, the one who touched everyone’s lives. He once said, “Unless India stands up to the world, no one will respect us. In this world, fear has no place. Only strength respects strength.”
It has been two years since Abdul Kalam left the mortal world after suffering a massive cardiac arrest on July 27, 2015, but his monumental volume of wise words and golden thoughts still linger. There is a museum in Kerala called Dr. Kalam Smriti International Science & Space Museum, dedicated to his incredible journey, has some rare photos and a personal memorabilia and was inaugurated recently.
Dr. Kalam shared a deep bond with children, it can be seen through his interaction with them, Kalam not only obliged and gave them his precious time and magnificent speeches but, he also listened to their ideas intently. His perspective on leading a life of dignity, “Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.”
On his 2nd death anniversary today, we are remembering the greatness of this man who has bestowed us with a vast collection of inspirational thoughts, beautiful quotes and motivating anecdotes which serve as a ray of sunshine at the end of a dark tunnel, even after his saddening departure. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam continues to live on in our hearts with his wise words.
“One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions.”
“You have to dream before your dreams can come true”
“Look at the sky. We are not alone. The whole universe is friendly to us and conspires only to give the best to those who dream and work.”
“Those who cannot work with their heart achieve, but a hollow, half-hearted success that breeds bitterness all around”
“Excellence is a continuous process and not an accident”
“It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone”
“If four things are followed – having a great aim, acquiring knowledge, hard work, and perseverance – then anything can be achieved”
“We are as young as our faith and as old as our doubts. We are also as young as our self-confidence and as old as our fears. We are as young as our hopes and as old as our despairs.”
“Let me define a leader. He must have vision and passion and not be afraid of any problem. Instead, he should know how to defeat it. Most importantly, he must work with integrity.”
“If a country is to be corruption free and become a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher.”
On the second death anniversary of Dr. Kalam, a grand memorial will be inaugurated by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at Peykarambu in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and the place where the late president was buried. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam Memorial is designed and built by the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO). A life-size seven-foot tall bronze statue of ‘People’s President’ has been placed behind the memorial building along with a model of a 45-foot tall ‘Agni-II’ missile, a project with which Dr. Kalam was intensely involved when heading the DRDO, has been installed at the rear.
– by Kritika Dua of NewsGram. Twitter @DKritika08
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