'Missile Man', Bharat Ratna and former president APJ Abdul Kalam passes away

 Missile Man, Bharat Ratna and former president APJ Abdul Kalam passes away

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam, the 'missile man' who came to be known as 'People's President' died on Monday after suffering a heart arrest during a lecture at IIM Shillong on Monday evening. Here he is seen standing inside of the place where Socrates was imprisoned, at the foot of the Acropolis hill in Athens, 27 April, 2007. Reuters

Defence advisor to the prime minister of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (C), Babulal Marandi (R) Chief Minister of Jharkhand state, and Samresh Singh (2nd L), state science and technology minister, celebrate 03 July 2001 after laying the foundation stone of the science and technology library in the campus of the state adminstrative training institute in Ranchi, in Jharkhand state. Kalam said that US sanctions against India in the wake of the Pokhran nuclear test in 1999 have not affected the country's nuclear program. AFP PHOTO

Defence advisor to the then Prime Minister of India A B Vajpayee, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam (C), Babulal Marandi (R), then Chief Minister of Jharkhand, and Samresh Singh (2nd L), then state Science and Technology Minister, celebrate 03 July 2001 after laying the foundation stone of the Science and Technology library in the campus of the state Administrative Training Institute in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Kalam had said on the day that US sanctions against India in the wake of the Pokhran nuclear test in 1999 have not affected the country's nuclear program. AFP

Indian President APJ Abdul Kalam contemplates the words of an unseen speaker during an Education Summit in New Delhi, 14 May 2007. The election of India's 12th President is due in July. The Indian president is elected by the members of an electoral college consisting of the elected members of both the houses of parliament and of the legislative assemblies of the states and the union territories.   AFP

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam contemplates the words of an unseen speaker during an Education Summit in New Delhi, 14 May 2007. AFP

Indian president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, talks with school students at Rashtrapati Bhavan, presidential palace, on the eve of India's Republic Day, 25 January, 2007. India will celebrate it's transition to a republic on 26 January 1950.        AFP Photo

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, talks with school students at Rashtrapati Bhavan, presidential palace, on the eve of India's Republic Day, 25 January, 2007. AFP

Indian president, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, addressed the nation on the eve of India's Republic Day, 25 January, 2007. India will celebrate it's transition to a republic on 26 January 1950.        AFP Photo

Then Indian President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, addressing the nation on the eve of Republic Day, 25 January, 2007. AFP

Former Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam gestures during his visit to the LD Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad on November 11, 2011.  The United States on November 13, apologised to former Indian president Abdul Kalam after the New Delhi government complained that he had been frisked at a New York airport. India is sensitive about its dignitaries undergoing routine security checks and Nirupama Rao, its ambassador to the US, was ordered to lodge a letter outlining how Kalam had allegedly been poorly treated. AFP PHOTO/ Sam PANTHAKY

Former Indian President, APJ Abdul Kalam gestures during his visit to the LD Institute of Indology in Ahmedabad on November 11, 2011. AFP

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Updated Date: Jul 27, 2015 23:10:17 IST