Dreams can be realities. Difficulties could be turned to possibilities, and mortality to immortality.
Such was the life of the 11th and the most celebrated president of Indian history, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen “A. P. J.” Abdul Kalam. A stalwart in defence technology, a Bharat Ratna and many more accolades which can never be praised enough, and yet this man only wanted to be remembered as a teacher.
A great teacher he was indeed, not only a teacher of Science, but one of wisdom, discipline, dedication, nationalism but above all a great teacher of Humanity. Of course, to be a great teacher, one needs to be a great learner, and he was second to none as a student, he got average grades during his school years but was as described ‘a very hard-working student’. He never took a backseat to learning, even when circumstances forced him to sell newspapers during youth, to support his family’s income. He is example of the fact that hard-work never goes in vain, his efforts led him to Madras Institute of Technology, and the rest they say his history.
The ‘Missile Man of India’ help built many missiles but his best work is not in building weapons but in building the country’s future, enlightening the nation’s youth. His dedication to teaching by this excerpt from Wikipedia:
After leaving office, Kalam became a visiting professor at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, the Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad, and the Indian Institute of Management Indore ; an honorary fellow of Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore; chancellor of the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology Thiruvananthapuram; professor of Aerospace Engineering at Anna University ; and an adjunct at many other academic and research institutes across India. He taught information technology at the International Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad, and technology at Banaras Hindu University and Anna University.
This is an example of a man who wants to just give, give and GIVE. A true altruist he was, pursued the least of materialistic pleasure, after his recent death, it has been found that his greatest possession was the large collection of books he owned. (Just for fun: Mr. Kalam so far is the only bachelor to be the President of India).
No jokes in stating Mr. Kalam was a people’s President, a league apart, a true gem and a proud Indian. A son he was that the motherland would be proud of. Good Little Indian shares this post as a tribute to the ‘teacher’ Kalam, exactly as he wished to be remembered as.
We have many great things to tell you about Kalam but we will again restrict us to this simple yet strong words from Shri. Kalam
If a country is to be corruption-free and became a nation of beautiful minds, I strongly feel there are three key societal members who can make a difference. They are the father, the mother and the teacher. – APJ Abdul Kalam.
He had a lot to teach, and he did do a lot of teaching, and this is our effort to present a tribute to a great visionary.
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Rahul Singh(Good Little Indian)