Bengaluru: India remembers the 11th President, Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam on his fifth death anniversary.

Popularly known as people's president and Missile Man of India, Dr Abdul Kalam passed away in Shillong on July 27, 2015, while delivering a lecture to students.

He died due to a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) in Shillong.

He was intimately involved in India's civilian space programme and military missile development efforts. Kalam also played a pivotal organisational, technical, and political role in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests in 1998, the first since the original nuclear test by India in 1974.

Born on October 15, 1931, in Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram, Abdul Kalam inspired millions through his philosophy of 'simple living and high thinking.

He was a recipient of several prestigious awards, including Padma Bhushan (1981), Padma Vibhushan (1990), Bharat Ratna (1997), Veer Savarkar Award (1998). His notable works include - Wings of Fire, India 2020, Ignited Minds, Indomitable Spirit, Transcendence: My Spiritual Experiences with Pramukh Swamiji.

Union home minister Amit Shah paid tributes to former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on his death anniversary. Shah described Dr Kalam as an epitome of intellect, wisdom and simplicity.

In a tweet, he said, “Dr Kalam was a people’s President, who left indelible marks on several fields ranging from science to politics. Dr Kalam's relentless quest for knowledge continues to inspire and capture the idea of self-reliant India.”

Information and Broadcasting minister Prakash Javadekar paid tributes to the noted scientist and teacher Dr Kalam.

Here are some inspirational quotes by the Missile Man of India that continue to motivate students aiming to build a better future.

"Man needs difficulties in life because they are necessary to enjoy the success."

“We have no ability to be equal to all have opportunities equal to their ability lane.”

“You cannot change your future, but you can change your habits, and surely your habits will change your future.”

"Books become permanent companions. Sometimes, they are born before us; they guide us during our life journey and continue for many generations."

"One of the very important characteristics of a student is to question. Let the students ask questions."

"Don’t take rest after your first victory because if you fail in second, more lips are waiting to say that your first victory was just luck."

"While children are struggling to be unique, the world around them is trying all means to make them look like everybody else."

"You have to dream before your dreams can come true."

“It is very easy to defeat someone, but it is very hard to win someone.”

“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.”

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