APJ Abdul Kalam Bharat Ratna with Family members and friends

The Bharat Ratna is the highest civilian award of the Republic of India. Instituted in 1954, the award is conferred “in recognition of exceptional service/performance of the highest order”, without distinction of race, occupation, position, or sex.

Dr A P J Abdul Kalam was awarded Bharat Ratna in the year 1998. Dr Kalam seen with his elder brother APJ Marakayar and his grandsons APJMJ Sheik dawood, APJMJ Sheik Saleem, His close friends Dr. Y S Rajan , Prof. N Balakrishnan, Secretaries Mr H Sheridon, Mr Prasad.

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Prime minister of India inaugurates A P J Abdul Kalam memorial

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Honorable Prime Minister Narendra modi with Dr Kalam elder brother APJM Marakayar, APJM Nazeema Marakayar, Grandsons APJMJ Sheik saleem, APJMJ Sheik dawood, GK Moinudeen, M Risalth Ali, Nizamudeen, NG Shurfudeen , Dr Kalam close friend Mr. SampathKumar seen during the Dr Kalam memorial inaguration

In short, the memorial is a creation of the Modi government. It’s not only a monument to perpetuate the great legacy of the ‘People’s President’ but also as a gift to the people of Tamil Nadu. To quote the PM from the Thursday  rally, the temple town, from now on, would not only be a destination for religious fulfillment but also for the ‘spiritual learning’ that Kalam represented.

Being a man of deep knowledge despite being humble and simple, Kalam’s life and career reflected the clearness of the blue sea by which he grew up while nurturing his childhood dreams.