Former Indian President Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam passed away on Monday at a hospital in Meghalaya where he had come to deliver a lecture at the prestigious Indian Institute of Management in Shillong to future managers. He was 83. He reportedly collapsed on-stage while delivering lecture at IIM-Shillong and was rushed to the hospital. Doctors state that he suffered from a cardiac arrest.

Indian president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

Dr. Kalam was born in Rameswaram on October 15, 1931, to a modest boatman. He was the 11th President on India from a period of 2002 and 2007. He had a significant role to play in India’s Pokhran-II nuclear test in 1998, the first test since the one conducted by our country in 1974. He was also labelled the missile man of India.

For all his achievements, Dr. Kalam was conferred upon with the Padma Bhushan and Bharat Ratna, and later on he went to become the 11th first citizen (President) of India in 2002.