A 200 per cent Indian. That’s how colleagues of one of India’s best-known scientists knew him even before his nomination for presidency. Today multi-faceted Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam is best known as the father of India’s missile programme.
From remote Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu to Delhi’s imposing Rashtrapati Bhawan is quite a journey. Especially for a boat owner’s son who sold newspapers as a child, the journey is an epitome of determination and focus.
While outlining a 10-point vision for turning India as a developed nation, the President said a developed India should have a divide between urban and rural population reduced to a think line and there should be equitable distribution and adequate access to energy and quality water.