New Delhi : Prime Minister of India Narendra Damodardas Modi on Saturday paid tributes to former President and the “Missile Man” A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his 85th birth anniversary.

“Tributes to our previous President and the great scientist, the individual who captured the ideal of all Indian, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his birth anniversary,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

Kalam, a recipient of a many awards including Padma Bhushan in 1981, Padma Vibhushan in 1990 and the most elevated non military personnel grant Bharat Ratna in 1997, turned into the eleventh President of India on July 25, 2002 and served the post till July 25, 2007.

Author of several best selling books such as Wings of Fire, Ignited Minds: Unleashing the Power Within India and India 2020, Kalam was a great speaker and an inspiration to millions of people, especially kids. He always inspired children to dream big and achieve great goals in life.

Kalam was born on October 15, 1931 in Rameswaram town of Tamil Nadu and died due to a cardiac arrest on July 27 last year while delivering a speech at IIM Shillong.

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