Former President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam died on 27th July 2015 in shillong while giving lecture at Indian Institute of Technology(IIM), Shillong.
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam (15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015), was the 11th president of India from 2002-2007. Kalam was elected president by both ruling party (Bharatiya Janata Party) and opposition party (Indian National Congress) in 2002. A true scientist by heart and science administrator at Defence Research and Development Organistion (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), he came to be known as Missile Man of India for his work on Ballistic Missiles and Launch Vehicle technology.
He was born on a poor tamil muslim family in 1931. His father’s name was Jainulabudeen, a boat owner, and his mother Ashiamma, a housewife. Due to poor financial conditions, he started working early in life to support his family. After completing school, he distributes newspapers to supplement his father’s income. He wanted to become an Air force pilot and nearly missed this dream as he placed ninth in qualifiers and only eight positions are available in Indian Air Force.
After reaching at IIM Shillong on 27th July, he suddenly collapsed while delivering lecture and was rushed to Bethany Hospital and declared died. Kalam had been visiting the Institute for three years and its his third visit to the Institute.
He collapsed around 6:30 pm and according to reports, Kalam suffered a massive cardiac arrest during the lecture. Doctors from army hospital and North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) rushed to Bethany hospital but their efforts failed.
President Pranab Mukherjee, Hamid Ansari (Vice President), Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh and other eminent leaders around the country mourns the demise of former President. “ In his passing away, we have lost a great son of India who dedicated his entire life for the welfare of his motherland. Dr Kalam was a people’s president during his lifetime and will remain so,” President said.
The government has declared a 7-day national mourning as respect to this great personality.
India truly lost a great Scientist, Thinker and a great person today. We miss you Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, “The People’s President”.