His great contribution was acknowledged, when the government awarded him the highest commendation of the country, ‘The Bharat Ratna’.
As he was born in a middle class family at Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu on October 15, 1931, Dr. Kalam’s miraculous success is a rag to riches story, indeed! Ever since his school days, he had been extremely hardworking, careful, regular and devoted to his goal.
Rather than accepting financial help from anyone for his studies, he met his expenses by selling newspapers. By doing this, he supported not only himself but his family as well.
Dr. Kalam is a man of vision and has lofty dreams for Mother India. Soon after taking oath of office as President, he addressed his countrymen, announcing his resolve to make India a developed country as soon as possible. His other priority is the national security.
Our President is secular to the core and hence his great Popularity with all sections of society. He even reads the Quoran as well as the Gita everyday and greets his visitors with Ram Ram’ and ‘Salam’. Apart from reading, he has great interest in Indian classical music and is also a good writer. His two books ‘India 2020’ and ‘Wings of Fire’ depict his personality as a thinker as well as a great visionary.