India is remembering former president and visionary scientist Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his 88th birth anniversary. Fondly called the "Missile Man" of India, Dr Kalam was an aerospace scientist credited for India's civilian space programme and military missile systems. He served as the President of India between 2002 to 2007, and was widely referred to as the people's President. Dr Kalam, however, identified himself first as a teacher and then anything else. In his honour, his birthday is celebrated as World Students' Day every year.
Today, on his 88th birth anniversary, tributes have poured in for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on social media.
Former cricketer Mohammad Kaif shared a lovely picture of Dr Kalam where he is seen bottle-feeding a deer. "Tributes to an absolute inspiration and a role model, Dr #APJAbdulKalam on his birth anniversary," wrote Mohammad Kaif.
Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group, posted a photo tribute for the respected leader.
A big salute to the big man on his birth anniversary. Thank you for the many lessons given to us...🙏🏽 pic.twitter.com/dW2xj7tjHV— anand mahindra (@anandmahindra) October 15, 2019
Former cricketer Virender Sehwag hailed Dr APJ Kalam as "one of the greatest Indians" on Twitter.
The official Twitter accounts of Ahmedabad Police and Kerala Tourism also paid tributes to Dr Kalam.
Remembering the Missile Man of India, Dr #APJAbdulKalam on his birth anniversary today. On this day, head to Dr Kalam Smriti International Science and Space Museum in Trivandrum, a museum dedicated solely to his memory.https://t.co/qujjs5nYT3— Kerala Tourism (@KeralaTourism) October 15, 2019
Dr Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born on October 15, 1931, at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. He was awarded the Bharat Ratna - the country's highest civilian award - in 1997.