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Dr Kalam’s Life Journey<br />Political Views<br />Personal Life<br />The King of Many Firsts<br />Interesting facts about Dr Kalam<br />Awards and Honors<br />Books by Dr Kalam<br />Inspiring thoughts by Dr Kalam<br />CONTENTS<br />
Specialized in Aero Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology.
He initially worked in DRDO in 1958 and then joined ISRO in 1963. </li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Dr Kalam has made significant contribution to Indian satellite and launch vehicles of ISRO and also in the missile programme of DRDO.
As project Director, SLV-III, India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle, he helped inject Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit.
He was responsible for the evolution of ISRO's launch vehicles programme and configurations.
He rejoined DRDO in 1982 and conceived the Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme (IGMDP) for indigenous missiles.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li> He was Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development from July 1992 to December 1999.
He planned a program that produced a number of successful missiles, helping him earn the nickname "Missile Man”.
In 2002 Kalam was nominated to succeed outgoing President K.R. Narayanan.
Kalam easily won the elections in 2002 and continued up to 2007.
Kalam sought the ways of science and technology to transform India into a developed country. He is considered a leading progressive, mentor, innovator and visionary in India.
Dr. Kalam was also the Chairman, Ex-officio, of the Scientific Advisory Committee to the Cabinet (SAC-C).</li></li></ul><li>Political Views<br />
<ul><li>His book "India 2020" strongly advocates an action plan to develop India into a knowledge superpower and into a developed nation by the year 2020.
Kalam is credited with the view that India ought to take a more assertive stance in international relations.
he regards his work on India's nuclear weapons program as a way to assert India's place as a future superpower.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>Kalam's belief in the power of technology to resolve society's problems and his views of these problems as a result of inefficient distribution of resources is modernistic.
He also sees science and technology as ideology-free areas and emphasizes the cultivation of scientific temper and entrepreneurial drive. </li></li></ul><li>Personal Life<br />
<ul><li>Kalam observes strict personal discipline, practicing vegetarianism, teetotalism and celibacy.
Kalam is a scholar of Tirukkural; in most of his speeches, he quotes at least one kural.
Kalam has written several inspirational books, most notably his autobiography Wings of Fire, aimed at motivating Indian youth.
Most of his books, reveals his spiritual side.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>It has been reported that there is considerable demand in South Korea for translated versions of books authored by him.
He is an idol for all, including children.</li></li></ul><li>The King of Many Firsts<br />
<ul><li>19 February, 2006- He created history by becoming the country's first President to undertake an undersea journey. Abdul Kalam boarded the INS Sindhurakshak, a Russian-origin kilo class submarine, from the Visakhapatnam Naval dockyard. The duration of the journey was around three-and-half hours during which Kalam had lunch with the crew members.
In April 2004, Kalam took his lectures to the world's highest battlefield - the Siachen glacier. The one-time missile man of India braved the chill and spent time interacting with the troops.</li></li></ul><li><ul><li>On June 8, 2006- He created history by becoming the first president to undertake a sortie in a fighter aircraft, a Sukhoi-30 MKI, from Lohegaon airbase. As a 74-year old, he created a record by becoming the oldest Indian co-pilot to do so.
As President, he donated his income from his first 10 months in office to the NGO created and managed by Mata Amritanandamayi.</li></li></ul><li>Isn't this interesting? <br />
<ul><li>Kalam begins his day by reading from the BhagwadGita.
Kalam has the unique distinction of having received honorary doctorates from at least thirty universities.
As a sign of his popularity among Indian youth, MTV-India recently nominated him as one of the prospects for its MTV India Youth Icon for the year 2006 Award. </li></li></ul><li>Books by Dr Kalam<br />
<ul><li>Wings of Fire: An Autobiography of APJ Abdul Kalam by A.P.J Abdul Kalam, ArunTiwari.
India 2020: A Vision for the New Millennium by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, Y.S. Rajan.
Envisioning an Empowered Nation: Technology for Societal Transformation by A.P.J.Abdul Kalam. </li></li></ul><li>Inspiring Thoughts by Kalam <br />
<ul><li>"Thinking should become your capital asset, no matter whatever ups and downs you come across in your life.”
"Thinking is progress. Non-thinking is stagnation of the individual, organisation and the country. Thinking leads to action. Knowledge without action is useless and irrelevant. Knowledge with action, converts adversity into prosperity."
"All God's creatures are His family; and he is the most beloved of God who tries to do most good to God's creatures." </li></li></ul><li>Conclusion<br />Dr. Kalam was a visionary. He dreamt of a better India, a safer India and a more successful India. He believed that India will become an economic super power very in the next 10 years and the youth of India can make his dream come true.<br /> He devoted his life for the betterment of the country. He is a perfect role model for everyone to portray.<br />