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July 28, 2015 16:15

"With awesome foresight, planning and some unconventional organisational skills, Kalam transformed moribund defence research establishments into institutes of high performance and quality that function with missionary zeal.

"With his spartan lifestyle and total dedication to the programme, Kalam continues to inspire his team. Even today he occupies only two small rooms in an official guest-house in New Delhi refusing the large government quarters he is entitled to as secretary to a Union Ministry. His rooms are littered with books ranging from pulp fiction to Chinese philosophy. A veena, which he has just begun learning to play, lies covered in a corner."

India Today's Raj Chengappa's 1994 piece on the Missile Man. Read

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