Kalam’s Journey to the Skies

Must Read

Dear PM Modi, Are you telling Muslims to leave India?

Today I called my housemaid in India and inquired about her well-being. Her first response was: ‘Ye log Musalaman...

Re-establishing Diplomatic Ties between India and Libya

In view of the prevailing travel ban to Libya by the government of India imposed in 2016, the Union...

Female Genital Mutilation: A Yearning for Culpability in India

A girl was happy that today her mother offered to take her to the movies. This 7-year old girl...

Haj Subsidy Ban and Secular Character of Constitution

For long, the Indian state has practiced the unconstitutional sin of opting for Haj subsidy to continue. For long,...

Instant Triple Talaq and Criminalization of it: Stifling the Rights of Individuals

What instant Triple talaq is to ‘Muslim wives’, criminalization of it is to ‘Muslim husbands’. The former has been sacredly...

Taj Mahal in Storm of History and Propaganda

The radiance of Taj Mahal, at the moment, is blurred not by deterioration in climatic conditions but by the...

Follow us

That man was made of something else!” quite a few of us exclaimed as we saw Kalam leave the mortal world. We, the mediocre average-thinking individuals that largely constitute the Indian society, precisely like to separate the leadership cult from ourselves. We presume those that decide to change the world are the ‘other’ people. Demystifying these concepts, in 1931, in the suburb of Rameswaram in a poor household, was born a boy who set his eyes on the bigger picture. And then there was no looking back.

 The ‘Missile Man’ who left us recently was a son of a boat-carrier. From newspaper-vending to being the first citizen of India, Kalam’s journey had been fraught with struggle. Born and brought up under straitened circumstances, he had begun to gauge the vastness of the sea from a very tender age. His first engineering project was partaking in the building of his father’s ferry; the one that made ends meet for Kalam’s family. At the age of 8, he started working as a newspaper boy for his cousin and took part in family’s finance. He would catch the bundles of newspapers that came flying in from the running train and take them for distribution. ‘Mostly, I learnt that to be a working man meant you had to be up and ready to face the day, whatever else may happen to you. Homework, tuition, prayers, all carried on, but the Madras-Dhanushkodi Mail would not wait for me­ – I had to be present at the station at the correct time and at the correct point to catch the bundles as they came flying in. It was my first brush with taking up a responsibility and seeing to it that I kept my word to my cousin Samsuddin, no matter what,” recounts Kalam in his autobiography. Later, he studied Aeronautical Engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology and then went to work at Hindustan Aeronautics Limited in Bangalore. By then, he had nurtured a keen interest in flying and put his blood and sweat into realizing this dream. Interestingly enough, Kalam got lesser score in the interview conducted by the Air Force Selection Board due to the lack of ‘a certain degree of smartness’. Later he got selected as senior scientific assistant at Directorate of Technical Development and Production (DTD & P). Also, the indelible imprint in the pages of History on his part was the development of five missiles – Prithvi, Trishul, Akash, Nag and Agni. The ‘People’s President’ also got the position of an Indian prez all depoliticized!

What defines the fine line between Kalam and any other average human being is the quality of response we render to the circumstances that wrought us. We can either go about ranting about the things we don’t have or take a good look at the opportunities that surround us. The choice is and has always been ours to make. The value of time is the next most important thing amongst the myriad lessons that the ‘Missile Man’ left us with. The restlessness, the panting and the hurrying is just not there for constructive reasons in today’s youth. We’d rather sit and wonder about our next meal than the next project. The attitude towards the work defines its quality. The fact that Kalam got rejected in the interview for a job he had held so dear to his heart, would have been enough to make him feel dejected. But he did not. He decided not to ‘fight against destiny’ but to give his best in the job that had got. This art of turning stones-to-diamonds is the only trick in the game. “Like me, I am sure almost every person who sets out with a goal has had to face unexpected obstacles. We’ve had to rethink our goals, reorient our paths. Each setback teaches us a new facet of life and something about our own personalities. When we tackle obstacles, we find hidden reserves of courage and resilience we did not know we had. And it is only when we are faced with failure do we realize that these resources were always there within us. We only need to find them and move on with our lives.” A.P.J. Abdul Kalam truly was an example that neither money nor plush lifestyle is in the eligibility criteria for ultimate success. The one thing that really counts big at the end of the day is your attitude.

Latest News

Parents of Road Accident Victim Entitled To Compensation: Delhi High Court

Justice JR Midha said, “Even if parents are not dependent on their children at the time of an accident, they will certainly be dependent, both financially and emotionally, upon them at the later stage of their life, as the children were dependent upon their parents in their initial years.”

Plea Challenging the AIBE Rules Framed by BCI Filed in the Supreme Court

A Writ Petition was presently filed in the Supreme Court by a newly enrolled lawyer challenging the All India Bar Examination Rules 2010 which have been framed by the Bar Council of India which mandates that an advocate has to qualify for the All India Bar Examination (AIBE) to practice law after enrollment.

Bombay High Court: Mere Presence at the Crime Scene Not Enough for Punishment

The Bombay High Court ruled that it cannot be considered a crime if a person is merely present at the crime scene which falls under the Maharashtra Prohibition of Obscene Dance in Hotels and Restaurants and Bar Rooms and Protection of Dignity of Women Act 2016. It also quashed two First Information Reports (FIR) against two individuals who were arrested in a raid at a dance bar by the Santacruz Police, in 2017.

CAIT Files a Plea Against WhatsApp’s New Privacy Policy in the Supreme Court

Confederation of All India Traders (CAIT) has filed a petition against WhatsApp’s new privacy rules in the Supreme Court. The petition says that WhatsApp which is known to render public services by providing a platform to communicate has recently imposed a privacy policy that is unconstitutional, which not only goes against the fundamental rights of citizens but also jeopardizes the national security of our country.

RTI Activist Files a Plea in Bombay High Court Against Bharat Biotech’s Covaxin

On Saturday, a plea has been filed before the Bombay High Court by an activist stating that Bharat Biotech Covaxin had not been granted full approval but a restricted use in clinical trials according to the Drugs Comptroller General of India. The Company's phase 3 trials are ongoing and the DGCI has not made any data available in the public domain for peer- review by independent scientists.

WhatsApp Emails Delhi HC Judge Asking Her Not To Hear the Plea Challenging New Privacy Policy

The Delhi High Court raised strong objection to an E-mail sent by WhatsApp asking a judge not to hear the plea which challenges its new privacy policy. Justice Pratibha Singh said that the e-mail that was withdrawn later was totally unwarranted as she was anyway going to recuse from hearing the plea which was filed by Rohilla Chaitanya who contends that the new privacy policy of WhatsApp provides 360-degree access to a customer’s virtual activity and is against the fundamental right of privacy.

TRP Scam Case: Bombay HC Extends Protection To Arnab Goswami and Other Employees Till the Next Hearing

On Friday, the Bombay High court extended the protection that was given, to Republic TV’s Editor in Chief Arnab Goswami and other employees of ARG Outlier Media Private Limited till January 29th in the alleged case of Television Rating Point manipulation. A status report was submitted by the police to the division bench of Justices S.S.Shinde and Manish Pitale by the Police on the ongoing case.

Plea Seeks FIR Against Maharashtra Minister Dhananjay Munde in Bombay HC for False Info

A plea has been filed in Bombay High Court seeking an FIR against Maharashtra minister Dhananjay Munde who is undergoing times of trouble due to his extra-marital affair. Recently, an FIR had been lodged against Munde by a woman, accusing him of raping her sister. Munde clarified that he was actually in a relationship with that woman and had two children. He accused the two women of blackmailing him.

Writ Petition for Compensation Accepted by Calcutta High Court 

Introduction The Petitioner Purna Ch. Biswas filed a Writ Petition with the complaint that their claims for a higher quantum of compensation have not yet...

No Members Could Be Disqualified Without Authorisation by Political Party: Gujarat High Court

Excerpt The dispute application no.7 of 2020 filed by respondent no.2 before designated authority. Thereafter the designated authority order dated 28.10.2020 disqualified the petitioner and...

More Articles Like This

- Advertisement -