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#164: My hero KALAM, reborn!
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I must have been 9 years old when this happened.
The day is still bright in my memory. Why, you ask?
My city was abuzz awaiting a visitor. A popular one? Maybe
But surely, a people’s visitor.
An important one. KALAM
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, former President
Did I meet him?
He was visiting the convocation of a reputed institute
Dr. Kalam was an ex-first citizen of India by now. Despite being out of office, he was still the President.
The city was decorated for India's most loved Teacher. City was excited
July 27 2015, the man with long hair left the world doing what he loves to do the most: Teaching
Today, when I look back and think, Kalam was not just a man but a phenomenon
He was the greatest Indian of the century
How, you wonder?
Think of it💡
A man who was instrumental in taking Indian research to the next level.
At a time when we are surrounded by adversaries;
Our youth prepares for #UPSC in peace,
Our democracy survives the test of time,
Our startups are innovating at rocket speed,
Our homes do not have bunkers to escape missiles,
Our farmers are in the farms ensuring food security
Security that comes with innovation of our missiles
Security that comes with ownership of nuclear weapons
Security that comes with brightest of our minds choosing to stay back & build in India
Our scientists are landing on moon, aiming for sun and winning the space
Culture that supports frugal innovation
Culture that supports ambition with infrastructure
Culture that supports security of career for builders of future
How did that happen?
Go back to 'Laughing Buddha', the first ever nuclear test
Go back to missile development programmes
Go back to India's moon mission
Go back to ISRO
Connect the dots and you will go back to Kalam
Rarely does it happen that one individual can impact geopolitics without being an active participant
Pakistan fears eradication from the world map
China understands plot of Shanghai
because of a man who refused to give up.
This post is not just to remind you of our former President but help you see how men become legends
A legend that we all shall learn about and learn from!
A man of the masses.
A saint who came from Rameshawaram to take Bharat global
A scientist who held highest office and yet remained apolitical
A teacher who lives beyond his death
A human who inspires beyond his lifetime
Someone who deserves to be immortalized.
Imagine, just as Musk immortalized Nicolas Tesla with the name on his car.
Who’s gonna celebrate the greats of India with immortal products?
We, the people of India, would!
Let me introduce you to Kalam, once again.
This Kalam is a personal mentor only for UPSC aspirants.
How to access this KALAM?
Try out brand new KALAM to have:
• Your Mains answers checked within 60 seconds
• Get 1000s of MCQ to practice for Prelims
• Daily The Hindu editorial summary
Signup using Code CSEWHY at Kalam.in
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