Respected Judges, teachers and my dear friends,
Everyone has their favourite super Heros. For some, it will be someone who can entertain and make them thrilled. For others, it might be a person or a character who can inspire you. A person who can ignite our minds. However, My Super Hero doesn’t have the special armour to destroy enemies, nor possess flying skills or never chased enemies in supercars. He is just a normal human. A person who become a superhero and a Legend, to millions with his determination and simplicity. He is none other than DR. APJ Abdul Kalam.
Born to a poor boat owner's son, He used to sell newspapers to help out his dad. Overcoming numerous challenges and limitation during childhood, he went on to become a scientist at ISRO and later of DRDO It was under him India’s first-ever SLV-III deployed the famous Rohini satellite back in 1980. In 2002, the great man was elected as the 11th President of India and he has also been a revered recipient of all the highest civilian awards of the country. He was felicitated with Bharat Ratna, Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan and several other prestigious honours from esteemed bodies all across the country and the world.
So…Why is he, my super Hero? There are many qualities which made him my super Hero. His life was a demonstration of confidence and leadership. As the chief of India’s prestigious Defense research organisation, he steered the organisation to achieve impossible missions carrying the aspirations and hopes of millions of Indians.
A P J Abdul Kalam inspired me in a lot of ways but one thing which inspired me the most was his reaction and adaptation to Failures. He never stopped working and dreaming just because of failure instead he worked harder. He always communicated with everyone, showed respect and concern for others, treated everyone equally, and was always willing to admit mistakes. More important he maintained the same character inside or outside the job. Throughout his life, this great man has taught to keep on with the endeavours to fulfil the dreams the big goals in life.
He taught us never to give up hope and work hard in the face of oddities.
Dear Friends, Life will always throw challenges to us but a true winner is the one who does not get defeated to those difficult circumstances. Keeps on finding ways to beat the challenges and fight right till success comes to us. Dr Kalam had been one such gallant fighter and his bravery to face challenges with a smile powered him to elevate to the cult status of a role model for all.
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam will always be my superhero.