APJ Abdul Kalam (Author), Arun Tiwari (Author)
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Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, the son of a little-educated boat-owner in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, had an unparalleled career as a defence scientist, culminating in the highest civilian award of India, the Bharat Ratna. As chief of the countryâ€™s defence research and development programme, Kalam demonstrated the great potential for dynamism and innovation that existed in seemingly moribund research establishments. This is the story of Kalamâ€™s rise from obscurity and his personal and professional struggles, as well as the story of Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul and Nagâ€”missiles that have become household names in India and that have raised the nation to the level of a missile power of international reckoning. This is also the saga of independent Indiaâ€™s struggle for technological self-sufficiency and defensive autonomyâ€”a story as much about politics, domestic and international, as it is about science.