The Legacy of APJ; Celebrating Kalam’s 87th Birth Anniversary

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IIM Shillong To Screen APJ Abdul Kalam's Biopic On His Birth Anniversary
IIM Shillong To Screen APJ Abdul Kalam's Biopic On His Birth Anniversary

“APJ” is not just a name, but an emotion. Especially for the kids born in 90’s. Therefore even without his presence, even three years after his untimely demise, we are celebrating that name, “Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam”.  Who was APJ? There will be many answers. Let us go back and trace the legacy he left.

“We should not give up and we should not allow the problem to defeat us”.

One’s destiny is in one’s own hands. This is what he told in his Wings of Fire. He was the best example for all the ones who curse themselves for being poor. He was Born in a middle-class family on October 15, 1931, at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu. Owing to poverty, he never received all facilities as the majority do. During his childhood, he was deprived of basic amenities. Despite all the limitations and shortcomings, he himself changed his destiny. From the son of a boat owner and imam of a local mosque to the APJ we know.

 People's President' will live inside People's heart forever.
People’s President’ will live inside People’s heart forever.

Scientist, teacher, statesman, you can define him in any way. Kalam was a well determined President and a brilliant scientist. Kalam was always focused on developing India. He had the visions to make India a powerful and technically and economically advanced nation. A Developed India was his dream.  But what makes him greatest is his nature. Beyond the tag of a president or missile man of India, he was a great human being. Being soft spoken & well mannered he always offered inspirational advice to youth. That made him one of the most popular figures among the Youth. School Children were his favorites and Kalam utilized any opportunity that came to him to address students.

You can learn a number of things from this man, especially the art of dreaming big & realizing the importance of hard work. He believed Dreams will transform into thoughts and thoughts will result in action. Everyone can come across failures. But only a few can survive after that. The most valuable thing we can learn from Kalam is how to manage our failures.  All those failures gave us SLV-3,  Prithvi, AGNI etc.”First Attempt In Learning”, that’s how he defined failure. He never gets bogged down by hindrances rather he continued looking for the opportunities. His determination was to succeed strong enough, so he never let the failures to overtake.

 Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck.

He never rested, except in peace. When he rests today, IIM Shillong is planning to Screen APJ Abdul Kalam’s Biopic. The place where Abdul Kalam passed away minutes after delivering a lecture in July 2015 is hosting the screening of this National Geographic film. The Film is part of the channel’s ongoing series ‘Mega Icons’. It narrates significant events from the life of India’s ‘Missile Man’. How he turned to be a revered leader. What made him the 11th President of our nation. The film focuses on everything. It also reveals many lesser-known facts, through his own voice and intimate interviews he had.

He once said, “As a child of God, I am greater than anything that can happen to me”. Yes, nothing could stop Kalam. He taught us to retain our birthright to be a person. Therefore his legacy lives on even after his body left Earth. People’s President’ will live inside People’s heart forever.

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