Jose John April 2, 2016 No Comments
BHARAT RATNA APJ ABDUL KALAM The Voyage of Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam from his house on Thittakudi’s Pallivasal Street in Rameswaram to the palacious Rashtrapati Bhavan in lutyen’s Delhi is full of odds and honours. This humble son of a boatsman and a newspaper hawker himself in his childhood who would go through the news himself before selling the papers hardly knew that a day would come when people would purchase the papers to know his own achievements as a great scientist and as the 11th President of India—Abdul Kalam. The biblical reference that the meek will inherit the earth comes true about this simple humble man who was Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and Bharat Ratna in 1997 as a token of nation’s appreciation. His spartan simplicity has always been retained. As principal scientific adviser to the Prime Minister, a cabinet rank post he did not move to a bungalow meant for him — instead he retained the two rooms in a Defence Ministry guest house that had been his home since he headed the D R D O from 1992 to 1999. No one could be a better President for this comparatively poor nation, whose sister had to pawn her jewellery to send...
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