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Former Indian President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam passes away


By Srimal Fernando Global Editor The Diplomatic Society

Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, considered the father of the country's missile programme, passed away on Monday, 27 July 2015, after collapsing during a lecture in Shillong at the age of 83. Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam was India's 11th president, from 2002 to 2007. Born on October 15, 1931 in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, Kalam graduated from the prestigious Madras Institute of Technology in aeronautical engineering. President Kalam, a rocket engineer, played a key role in weaponizing India’s nuclear program and was instrumental in conducting the country’s second nuclear test, in 1998. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a televised address, “He used to say teaching was his passion, and he spent his last moments among the students doing what he loved most.”

 


 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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