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The Vision
“I climbed and climbed,
Where is the peak, my Lord?
I ploughed and ploughed,
Where is the knowledge treasure, my Lord?
I sailed and sailed,
Where is the island of peace, my Lord?
Almighty, bless my nation
With vision and sweat resulting into happiness.”
Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
Aadish Jain
LMS-Gurgaon
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This Poem is written by none other than our beloved, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam.
What Dr. Kalam achieved in his life is a miracle. He lived in the hearts of millions of Indians and was respected by all. He was an ordinary man
with an extraordinary will to live his life. Born on October15, 1931 at Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu, Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam,
specialized in Aeronautical Engineering fromMadras Institute of Technology. Dr. Kalammade significant contribution to develop India's first
indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite and made India an exclusive member of Space
Club. He was responsible for the evolution of ISRO's launch vehicle program. After working for two decades in ISRO, Dr. Kalam took up the
responsibility of developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at Defense Research and Development Organization as the Chief Executive of
Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP). He was responsible for the development and operationalization of AGNI and
PRITHVI Missiles. He played crucial role as Scientific Adviser to Defense Ministry, Department of Defense Research & Development &
DRDO, ISRO & many more. He led the weaponization of strategic missile systems and the Pokhran-II nuclear tests in collaboration with
Department of Atomic Energy, which made India a nuclear weapon State.
In his literary pursuit four of Dr. Kalam's books - "Wings of Fire", "India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium", "My journey" and "Ignited
Minds - Unleashing the power within India" have become household names in India and among the Indian nationals abroad. These books have
been translated in many Indian languages.
He has been awarded the coveted civilian awards - Padma Bhushan (1981) and Padma Vibhushan (1990) and the highest civilian award Bharat
Ratna (1997). Dr. Kalam became the 11th President of India and his focus was on transforming India into a developed nation by 2020. While
delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Dr. Kalam collapsed and died from an apparent cardiac arrest on July 27,
2015, aged 83. He is the inspiration for all of us. His teachings, motivational quotes and poems will always be remain with us.