Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam who is popularly known as APJ Abdul Kalam is one of the most influential personalities of India a great scientist. This former president of India ie., 11th president of India is a lot more than just a political figure. He is a scientist, thinker, Inspiration and a youth icon. Undoubtedly he is in true sense “the missile man” of India. Though his life is an open book, there are few unknown facts about him which most of us don’t know. Let us have a look to them..
1. Reason behind Kalam not getting Married
When asked why he wasn’t married he replied that marriage and children will lead selfishness towards life and he don’t wanted to be selfish at any cost in life as he dedicated his life for serving the nation.
He is the first scientist and first unmarried person to become the President of India.
2. Once Abdul Kalam assistant scientist asked to leave early for home to take his wife and children for exhibition. Abdul Kalam granted the permission. But the assistant scientist was so busy in his work he forgot to leave early to home. Then while he went to his home he just found his wife, his children were not there. When he asked his wife where were the children she replied “Your manager has taken our children to exhibition”. The manager was APJ Abdul Kalam.
3. We all know that he used to be a paper boy but what he did before circulating the paper is thought provoking..
He used to circulate paper while he was a child for living. But he used to circulate paper only after he has read the whole paper. His dedication towards gaining knowledge is impeccable.
4. Missile Man of India
Kalam is popularly known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.
5. Once, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam rejected the suggestion to put broken glass on the wall of a building that needed protection. Why? Because broken glass would be harmful for birds!
This happened when Dr. Kalam was with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and his team was discussing options to secure the perimeter of a building that needed protection. Dr. Kalam reportedly said: “If we do that, birds will not be able to perch on the wall.”
6. Soon after it was declared that Dr. Kalam would be the next President, he visited a modest school to deliver a speech. His security detail was minimal, and he didn’t mind taking control of the situation when the power went off.
Speaking to around 400 students, Dr. Kalam ensured the power cut didn’t cause any interruption. He walked right in the middle of the crowd and asked the students to surround him. He then spoke to 400 students with his bare voice and delivered, like always, an inspiring keynote.
7. APJ Abdul Kalam is a pure Vegetarian
8. Kalam Was Brought Up In A Multi-Religious, Tolerant Society, he himself said many times that he is an Atheist.
Kalam was brought up in a multi-religious, tolerant society; one with a progressive outlook.
9. He is the only person with maximum number of quotes after Swami Vivekananda.
10. And the most important story – of his contribution to India’s space and defence programs:
Dr. Kalam was one of the few scientists who started working with ISRO during the agency’s early years. A Church became the place of work for the handful of India’s rocket scientists – including Dr. Kalam; and a nearby beach became the place where the rocket launchpad was set up.
Cycles and bullock-carts were used back in the 1970s & 1980s to transport rocket parts and entire satellites, and Dr. Kalam was one of the rare few scientists who made significant contributions to India’s early space program. In fact, Dr. Kalam was the Director of the project that indigenously developed the SLV-III (Space Launch Vehicle) and also the PSLV – which is operational even today and was used in the Moon and the Mars missions. In 1980, SLV-III successfully injected the Rohini satellite into a near-Earth orbit and made India an exclusive member of the Space Club.
After working with ISRO, Dr. Kalam took up responsibilities for developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at the DRDO which led to the development of AGNI and PRITHVI missiles. He also led the Pokhran-II nuclear tests that made India a nuclear weapon state.
It is said that during Indira Gandhi’s regime, Dr. Kalam was the man who convinced the Prime Minister for an advanced missile program for the country – and despite the disapproval of the Union Cabinet, PM Gandhi had secretly funded Kalam’s aerospace and defence projects. And the rest, as they say, is history.