Open letter to Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam- the Missile Man of India.

Dear Missile Man of India!

Life has its own ways of unexpectedly striking us with lightning. That is how it felt when you left us. One year has gone by, and we are still mourning; unable to come to terms with what has happened. It was inevitable, we know. But the human mind has a tendency to not accept despair easily. Your life, in itself, is a lesson for all of us. A light in the darkest corners. You gave hope to millions of us.

Hailing from a humble background, you rose to become the President of India and showed us that everything we dream about, is possible. They called you the “Missile Man of India” for all the right reasons. You pioneered the nation on the glorious path of development and your contribution to DRDO can never be forgotten. Everything you did has set an example for us. You put all those to shame who demanded India be a Hindu nation, and worked for the betterment of all.
We, as a nation, were blessed to have had a leader like you. The simple yet brilliant approach towards life in your book “Wings of fire” continues to be close to the hearts of many of us. The journey that you traveled had been full of impediments and struggles, but you did not deter. Your grit and determination gave you the strength to go on and you fueled the great dreams of thousands of kids. Even in this era of modernization, you led such a simple life and showed zero interest in materialism, a mark of a truly great man. In your last moments too, you were doing something noble- passing on your knowledge to young minds. Because of all this and more, we supported you and loved you like never before. You became “People’s President” and ruled our hearts, and you still do.

To say that you are missed by all would be an understatement. You were a towering presence in our lives and the void which you have left can never be filled. The least that we can do is be worthy citizens. We are fortunate to have lived to see you make India proud and give it’s people a role model to be looked up to for years to come! You are physically gone, but you breathe in the little boy who sits by the street light every night to study, in the girl who dreams of saving lives one day; in every one who holds on to their dream and believes in their potential to do something great.

Ever grateful,
Every Indian.

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