APJ Abdul Kalam's fourth death anniversary: Netizens, political leaders pay homage to the 'Missile Man of India'

New Delhi: Going down the memory lane, people from different walks of life fondly remembered former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, popularly known as the 'Missile Man of India', on his fourth death anniversary on Saturday.

Born on 15 October, 1931, at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr Kalam specialised in Aeronautical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology. After having a successful career as an aerospace scientist, he went on to become the 11th President of India (2002-2007). He was fondly called 'People's president' by many for his friendly approach towards people.

Dr Kalam was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI missiles and for building indigenous capability in critical technologies through networking of multiple institutions. He was the Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research and Development from July 1992 to December 1999.

He received honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions. He has been awarded three coveted civilian awards - Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (1997). His literary works include "Wings of Fire", "India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium", "My Journey" and "Ignited Minds - Unleashing the power within India".

Union Home Minister Amit Shah paid homage to Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and remembered his monumental contribution to the field of science and technology.

A post on the official Twitter handle of BJP read, "Our humble tribute to the 'Missile Man', former President of India, Bharat Ratna Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam whose life continues to inspire millions of youth."

Congress also remembered the former President on his death anniversary for his pivotal roles in INCOSPAR, ISRO, DRDO & the missile program.

Taking to Twitter, the Indian Army said Dr Kalam "shall continue to inspire us."

Amul India too paid tribute to Dr Kalam with catchy phrases like 'Qayamat se Kalaamat tak' and 'Kalaam, Aaj aur Kal'.

Hailing Kalam as a "complete Indian", a netizen wrote, "The complete Indian... One who was born in India... One who studied and graduated in India... One who served the country... One who died in India #APJAbdulKalam sir.... You are still alive in our hearts. We love you sir. You are an inspiration to millions of hearts," the user tweeted.

Another one added, "People's President, inspiration to the youth and teacher to millions...!!! Tributes to our #missileman Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his 4th death anniversary"

Kalam, 83, passed away on 27 July, 2015, while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Shillong.

Updated Date: Jul 27, 2019 21:44:20 IST