Dr APJ Abdul Kalam: Six facts you did not know about him

On July 27, 2015, India lost its gem aka Bharat Ratna Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Everything about the missile man of India was different be it his name, work or his life. Know interesting things about him in this article on his death anniversary.
Created On: Jul 27, 2021 10:29 IST
Modified On: Jul 27, 2021 10:51 IST
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Today on July 27, India observes the death anniversary of its favourite President, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. Kalam breathed his last on July 27, 2015. Nationwide condolences were offered with teary eyed people mourning the death of their Missile Man. Take a look at these facts listed below which may take you by surprise. 

Unknown Facts about APJ Abdul Kalam:

  1. He was India’s first Bachelor President and a Vegetarian:  Abdul Kalam was the first such President who had never married. He was a muslim by religion and had never eaten meat. He was a pure vegetarian. 
  2. Honorary doctorates: It would surprise you that Abdul Kalam had 48 doctorates. He had received honorary doctorates from 48 universities from India and abroad. 
  3. Missile Man for this reason: If you have seen the movie Parmanu, you would know the man portrayed as the mastermind of the initiative of having missiles as a deterrent was Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He was responsible for the development and operationalisation of Agni and Prithvi missiles. This is the reason people know him as the Missile Man of India. He always said that power commands respect and believed that other nations would respect India only if we are powerful. 
  4. Awards that no one has in a lifetime: It is true that legends do exist. If you see Kalam's life you would agree too. He had awards like Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and was a Bharat Ratna, the highest honour any civilian could get in India in 1997.
  5. Children’s President: Two leaders are said to be the favourite of Indian children. People knew Prime Minister Nehru as Chacha Nehru but Kalam was the President who was famous among kids. Children idolised APJ Abdul Kalam and he loved to spend his time among them. Kalam gave the idea of nurturing the youth to build a better India. He was totally into science and motivated the young minds to give themselves to the field. Many children of his time remember him showing up to their science exhibitions or sports days just to motivate the young minds. His email account was open to all children in India so he was also one of the most reachable Presidents of India. 
  6. Autobiography translated into 13 languages: Abdul Kalam wrote his autobiography which was translated into 13 languages. It was first published in English, but such was the success of the book and demand of people to know about his life that the book was then translated into 13 languages including French and Chinese. There are also 6 biographies on his life. 

I would personally recommend people to read the autobiography of this legend. He has seen a long rise from selling newspapers to support his family after his school hours, to studying in a mosque, from being rejected as a pilot to becoming the 11th President of India. His journey is no less than a motivational movie. Abdul Kalam will always be in every Indian's heart. He was a simple man with clear and guided vision. Knowing him makes one feel that there is no eye in the world who cannot dream and no body in the world that could not achieve it. 

Also read| GK Questions and Answers on Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam

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