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Dream high and achieve higher! Yes, the former President of India dreamt high and achieved great things, becoming a role model for youth. He is Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, the man who taught youngsters to dream big and work hard to achieve it. Though he is not with us at present, his achievements talk volumes about him, and remain as a source of encouragement for the youth and society. His memorial was opened recently at his birthplace, Rameswaram.

Dr. Abdul Kalam

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The journey of Dr. Kalam from a rural kid to the honourable President of India is an inspiring journey for anyone who aims to achieve big. He was born in a small fishing hamlet on the southern end of India. That did not stop him from achieving his dreams, as most of the students from rural background are denied chances. He worked hard to become a scientist and he landed up in the prestigious space research organisation of India – ISRO.

Kalam remembers his childhood lessons in his book, “The wings of fire”. He points out a particular lesson taught by his teacher about birds. It was a turning point for the young student Kalam as he continuously dreamt about flying things. That did not stop with just dreaming. He worked and worked to become a rocket scientist, landed at ISRO. At his earlier stages, he had played an important role in building rockets and satellites, bringing pride to the nation. Later on, he became a well known and most loved scientist of India.

He loved teaching and interacting with students. His love for children is evident from the numerous events when he allotted time for talking with them. He was chosen as the President of India and there is no doubt in the fact that, he is the most loved president of this generation. Even his death occurred while delivering a lecture for students. For those who want to know more about him, it is advised to read his biography and – a visit to his memorial!

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Raneswaram is a small town in the southern part of Tamil Nadu. A coastal village called Pekkarumbu is the birthplace of Dr. Kalam. This rural village takes the pride of bringing up a great scientist of the nation. The main occupation of its inhabitants is fishing.

The memorial

After the sad demise of Dr. Abdul Kalam at Shillong, his body was buried in his hometown, Rameswaram with high respect. The plan for a memorial was reported in media after a few days, and the works were carried out by the DRDO (Defence Research and Development Organisation).

The memorial was completed as planned and it was inaugurated by the Prime Minister Mr. Narendra Modi on July 27, 2017. Materials for constructing the memorial were obtained from places all over India. This is an example to denote the integrity of the nation. The design of the memorial resembles India gate in Delhi and the Rashtrapati Bhavan. There are sections which resemble the architectural style of Tamil Nadu also.

The memorial is yet to have a planetarium and a few interior works are in progress. Previously, an important tourist attraction in Rameswaram was the Pamban bridge, which is built with a unique style. A railway track runs on a bridge above water, and it splits open making way for ships when they arrive. Now, in addition to the Pamban bridge, Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam memorial joins the list of tourist attraction in Rameswaram.

There is something remarkable about Dr. Kalam – he was born in India, studied in India, worked for India and died in India. At a time when overseas opportunities are eagerly looking forward, this talented scientist preferred to pay service to his home country. Let’s acknowledge and appreciate his efforts and service to humanity.

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