Dr APJ Abdul Kalam died after a cardiac arrest in Shillong on Monday. Dr Kalam, who served as the 11th President of India between 2002 and 2007, was known as the People’s President.
Dr Kalam waves from a submarine as he reviews the Eastern Fleet at Vishakapatnam. (Associated Press photo from 2006)
President Kalam waves before his flight in a Sukhoi-30 MKI, at the Indian Air Force base in Pune in 2006. At 74, he became India’s first president and the oldest Indian to fly a jet fighter.
President Kalam receives flowers from a group of orphan children at the Dakshineswar Ramakrishna Adyapeath Temple complex, some 20 km north of Kolkata in 2004. Dr Kalam inaugurated a residential complex for 1000 orphaned children at the temple complex. (AFP Photo)
A young Dr Kalam assembling a test rocket in Thumba in the sixties.
Dr Kalam in Army uniform during nuclear missile tests.