Yesterday was a day of bad news for the country. While in the morning, the state of Punjab again witnessed a terror attack near Gurdaspur, Punjab, the rescue operation of which lasted around 12 hours, evening brought another bad news, where we lost a great visionary and a humble personality, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam. kalam_prez Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam was an Indian scientist and administrator who served as the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, studied physics at the St. Joseph’s College, Tiruchirappalli, and aerospace engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT), Chennai. Before his term as President, he worked as an aerospace engineer with Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Kalam is popularly known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology. He also played a pivotal role in the nuclear tests conducted at Pokhran, Rajasthan in 1998. He was not only admired in India but around the globe. Sao Tome and Principle Island had also issued a stamp in 2009 in his honour.
Stamp issued in the honor of Dr. Kalam
Stamp issued in the honor of Dr. Kalam
It is a great loss to the nation and certainly a wound which will take some time to heal. I pay my tribute to the ‘Missile Man of India’ through few lines penned by me.
था एक बालक छोटे शहर का,
पर करम से नाम बड़ा कर गया,
जब कोई ना मानता था शक्ति भारत की,
परमाणु नक्शे में उसको खड़ा कर गया।
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राष्ट्रपति बन कर पद की गरिमा को बढ़ाया,
उस गद्दी को भी उन्होने गैर-राजनीतिक बनाया,
खुशनसीब थे भारतवासी जिन्होने,
ऐसा अनूठा भारत रत्न था पाया।

तुम रहोगे मिसाल एक सशक्त भारत की,
तुम रहोगे प्रेरणा युवा भारत की,
जब सीखने गए अपने प्रिये बच्चों को,
भगवान ने भी कैसी यह शरारत की।

करके दुनिया को वो सलाम चला गया,
वो करके चुपचाप अपना काम चला गया,
थी ज़िंदगी जिसकी उसके देश को समर्पित,
लोगों का वो प्यारा कलाम चला गया।

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उस वैज्ञानिक को है शत शत प्रणाम,
यह पंक्तियाँ है उस शख्सियत को सलाम,
ब्रह्मांड की खोज में बन गया एक तारा तू भी,
जल्दी वापिस आना तू फिर बनके कलाम,
है ज़रूरत भारत माँ को तेरे जैसे बेटों की,
जल्दी वापिस आना तू फिर बनके कलाम।

#RIPKalam.

12 thoughts on “A Tribute to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam”

  1. Very well expressed!!! Its a huge loss 4 mankind…but the golden words of Dr. Kalam will keep illuminating our paths for ages!!

  2. Very Nice… May I suggest something…
    Make it “…khushnaseeb HUM Bharatvaasi…”

  3. Salute to the great man of India…. Very well put into words simar … Nyc

  4. A tribute by way of few words are far more real than displaying fake show off, a tear from the eyes is invaluable than costly flowers as even a small yet honest effort from the core of heart carry its own importance. Honest initiative Simar…

  5. Very well written nd beautifully expressed.Though the loss cnt be undone,Salutes to the great man.Jai Hind

    1. Hi Anupam Joseph. Thanks for the nice appreciating words. Keep visiting and keep blogging. 🙂

  6. The inspirational tribute by your poem has really very well summarized the importance of this man to our country.

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