Who doesn’t knows the most cheering personality of India, Late Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam, the 11th president of India. He has played many important roles for India as a scientists in ISRO & DRDO and yes ofcourse as a President of India.
Mr. President is also known for his kind and intrinsic nature. He loved the people around him. Here’s some real life incidents which prove that Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is a Great Indian Personality.
1. When Dr. Abdul Kalam donated his Salary to Charity
After becoming president of India, Dr. Abdul Kalam donated his salaries and savings to a trust he had founded, called PURA (Providing Urban Amenities to Rural Areas). He said that after becoming India’s president, he would be looked after, by the government till the end of his life, and so he gave away all his savings and salaries so it can be used for good things.
2. When Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam replied to A Little Girl’s Question
This story is dated back to June 2015 when APJ Abdul Kalam was about to launch his book “Transcendence” in Sarangpur village in Gujarat. During that time, when he landed on the Ahmedabad Airport, A School girl approached for an autograph and asked to APJ Abdul Kalam:
“Sir, how can I be the Best Scientist in the World ?“
After a little Smile, Dr. Kalam replied
Dr. Kalam: “What did you do ?”
Girl: “I just asked ” She replied.
Dr. Kalam: ” You’re a Scientist then”, He said. “Keep asking and find answers to all the questions and you’ll be successful in achieving your dream of becoming the best Scientist”.
3. When he asked an Indian student to have dinner from his plate
When some Indian students met him during the International Space Development Conference (ISDC) at San Diego, California, in 2013, they went up to his dining table to say hello. The President, who was eating dinner, asked a student to eat from his plate. Highly surprised, he took a leaf of spinach from his salad when he insisted. “Till this day I take it to be a leaf of inspiration from him and the best dinner I could ever imagine,” he shared.
4. When Dr. Kalam Didn’t gave a cheque for the Gift
Once Kalam went to Erode to attend a function sponsored by Sowbhagya in August 2014. On that occasion, They gave him a grinder as a gift. He refused to accept it, but said he needed one for his family and wanted to pay for it. He then sent a person to our shop with a cheque for Rs 4,850 dated August 25, 2014.”
But the company did not wanted to encash the cheque as it was like a treasure for them. But later they received a call from Dr. Kalam’s office asking why the cheque has not been deposited. Further, Kalam directed them to deposit the cheque to avoid returning the grinder (Gift) . Later they agreed to deposit it. But they did not want to let go of the treasure on and decided to keep a copy of the cheque. They got it scanned and have framed it. The very next day they deposited the cheque and received a message from Kalam’s office thanking me for doing so.
5. A President who cared for the Birds, that’s how much he was Kind hearted
This happened when Dr. Kalam was with the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and his team was discussing options to secure the perimeter of a building that needed protection. The team suggested to fix some broken glasses on the wall but all of sudden Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam rejected the suggestion because broken glass would be harmful for birds!
Dr. Kalam reportedly said: “If we do that, birds will not be able to perch on the wall.”