People’s President fondly remembered

Bhubaneswar, October 15, 2017: The nation today fondly
remembered former President of India, rightly called ‘The People’s President’
Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his 86th birth anniversary with people from different
walks of life, including Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik and other leaders
paying tributes to him.
In a Facebook message, Patnaik said, “Fondly remembering our
beloved People’s President Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary. The
simple yet extraordinary man touched a billion lives with his unmatched
contributions and vision for the country. He was loved and looked up to by the
youth and students with whom he engaged the most. He ignited the young minds to
dream big and work hard to fulfill them.”
“He will always live in the hearts of every Indian not only
as the President, Missile Man and teacher but more as the humble, smiling man
who inspired young and old alike to work for the Nation,” Patnaik added.
Dr Kalam served as the 11th President of India between 2002
and 2007. He worked with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and Defense
Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) as an aerospace engineer before
becoming the President.
He passed away on July 27, 2015 at the age of 83 due to
cardiac arrest in Shillong while delivering a lecture at the IIM where he was a
visiting professor.
Globally acclaimed sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik too paid
tributes to Kalam by sculpting a sand art of the missile man on his 86th birth
anniversary on Puri beach.
Pattnaik posted the pictures of his sand art with the
message, “Remembering People’s President, MissileMan of India & BharatRatna
Dr #APJAbdulKalam on his 86th Birth Anniversary. My SandArt at Puri beach.”

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