Photos| Beyond missile man, president: APJ Abdul Kalam on his 86th b’day

On APJ Abdul Kalam's 86th birth anniversary, a glimpse into the life and passions that drove one of India's most beloved presidents and inspired generations along the way.

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Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam with children from Millennium School in Lucknow, October 2010. Students held a place of priority throught Kalam’s life and even after his retirement from presidency he strived to encourage the country’s youth. On July 2015, while addressing students of IIM Shillong, he breathed his last. (Ashok Dutta / HT Photo)

Former President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam with children from Millennium School in Lucknow, October 2010. Students held a place of priority throught Kalam’s life and even after his retirement from presidency he strived to encourage the country’s youth. On July 2015, while addressing students of IIM Shillong, he breathed his last. (Ashok Dutta / HT Photo)

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Former President APJ Abdul Kalam and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama during a ‘Peace and Harmony’ meet in 2012 to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand. Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. (Sunil Saxena / HT Photo)

Former President APJ Abdul Kalam and Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama during a ‘Peace and Harmony’ meet in 2012 to celebrate the 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekanand. Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu and studied physics and aerospace engineering. (Sunil Saxena / HT Photo)

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Dr. Kalam with noted writer Khushwant Singh at the latter’s residence at Sujan Singh Park in 2007. After his term as India’s president, Kalam returned to a life of education, writing and public service. He was conferred several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. (Vipin KumaR / HT Photo)

Dr. Kalam with noted writer Khushwant Singh at the latter’s residence at Sujan Singh Park in 2007. After his term as India’s president, Kalam returned to a life of education, writing and public service. He was conferred several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. (Vipin KumaR / HT Photo)

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Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at the concluding day of the ‘Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas’, a meeting of peoples of Indian origin from across the world in New Delhi, 2007. He was closely involved in the country’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts, earning him the sobriquet ‘India’s Missile Man’. (Arvind Yadav / HT Photo)

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at the concluding day of the ‘Pravasi Bhartiya Diwas’, a meeting of peoples of Indian origin from across the world in New Delhi, 2007. He was closely involved in the country’s civilian space programme and military missile development efforts, earning him the sobriquet ‘India’s Missile Man’. (Arvind Yadav / HT Photo)

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Former President Abdul Kalam waves while travelling in a horse carriage during the ceremonial reception in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan after his swearing in ceremony in New Delhi on July 25, 2002. He served a full tenure as president, enjoying the support of both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress parties. (S N Sinha / HT Photo)

Former President Abdul Kalam waves while travelling in a horse carriage during the ceremonial reception in the forecourt of Rashtrapati Bhavan after his swearing in ceremony in New Delhi on July 25, 2002. He served a full tenure as president, enjoying the support of both the ruling BJP and the opposition Congress parties. (S N Sinha / HT Photo)

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In this July 2002 photo, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is seen interacting with children in Delhi. A role model for students and young people alike, Kalam was always happy to split his time between them and educational institutions. (HT Photo)

In this July 2002 photo, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam is seen interacting with children in Delhi. A role model for students and young people alike, Kalam was always happy to split his time between them and educational institutions. (HT Photo)

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A sand sculpture of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam created by artist Sudarsan Pattanaik in Puri beach. (Arabinda Mahapatra / HT Photo)

A sand sculpture of Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam created by artist Sudarsan Pattanaik in Puri beach. (Arabinda Mahapatra / HT Photo)

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