A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Birth Anniversary: Remembering India’s Missile man

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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Birth Anniversary: Remembering India's Missile man
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The date of October 15 is known in history as the birthday of India’s missile man and former President APJ Abdul Kalam. All the credit for making India enrich with nuclear power goes to APJ Abdul Kalam.

APJ Abdul Kalam, by during the year 1998, showed that the whole world, including US , came to know that India is now nuclear power. APJ Abdul Kalam was born on 15 October 1931 in Dhanushkodi, Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu in a Muslim Ansar family. He loved children and students very much and to inspire them to dream big.

APJ Abdul Kalam was addressing a students in Shillong in the year 2015. He endured heart attack at the same time. After which he was taken to the hospital. But it could not save them. The 11th President and the great scientist APJ Abdul Kalam died in Shillong on 27 July 2015.

APJ Abdul Kalam ‘did something special during Pokhran test

11 May 1998 is a day when US has become known to the entire world that India too is grace with nuclear power. On 11 May 1998 a successful nuclear test was conducted in Pokhran Rajasthan in India. Where the PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee and former President APJ Abdul Kalam were also present on the occasion. The great scientist APJ Abdul Kalam did something great on this occasion without which this nuclear test was not possible at all.

The US did not allow the inking nuclear test

Even though 22 years have passed, but even then the US Intelligence Agency ‘CIA’ was furnished with such technology. This agency of US could at any moment disclose the news of this nuclear test of India to the world. During this nuclear test, the great scientist was present in the uniform of Abdul Kalam Army. India kept the US in the dark about this test at that time, it is about his techniques. Remember that at that time the APJ Abdul Kalam was the head of DRDO. India was aware that the CIA supports Pakistan. Because of this, India did not want to let the US or CIA to know about the nuclear test.

The American agency, the CIA, was in doubt on India that the Indian government could conduct a nuclear test again after 1974. Therefore, every step of India’s nuclear scientists was closely monitoring by the US. Pakistan’s foreign minister Gauhar Ayub Khan had appealed at the global level to stop India from fulfilling its nuclear ambitions. Pakistan wanted this as the reason of the Army General VP Malik had said that India should test its nuclear weapons. Pakistan was losing its courage and CIA on high alert

Army’s help in making the test successful

India took help of the Indian Army to make the nuclear test a success. Let me tell you that 58 Engineering Regiment of Indian Army became part of this test. To fool the CIA, trucks and other goods were transported as if it carried them on normal days. In this way, the entire mission became successful. Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at that time a pseudonym and he became Colonel Prithviraj from Abdul Kalam. Also, he does not visit the test site in the group. However, Kalam always traveled alone so that no one could get his clue. The army uniform made his work easier. CIA spies thought that they were all common army officers. They have no relation with nuclear scientists. The entire plan carried out by APJ Abdul Kalam together with Army Colonel Gopal Kaushik. The entire plan worked out on the night of 10 May 1998. Namely Operation Shakti.

During Operation Shakti, there were many codes such as White House, Taj Mahal and Kumbh karan. Scientists from DRDO, MDER and BARC were helping in the most important work like detonation. Four trucks of the Indian Army used to transfer the Atomic bombs at three in the morning. Colonel Umang Kapoor was also commanding these trucks of Indian Army. After all this, India make three bombs. Many countries condemned the test of India. In which US, China, Canada and Japan were at the forefront. During that time these countries also urged restrictions on India. On the other hand, India not condemned by Russia, UK and France.

Atal Bihari Vajpayee announcement

Suddenly, India’s immediate Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee announced that India has successfully conducted nuclear tests. He said that India too is now furnished with nuclear power. He had said that now we also have the capability of big bombs. However, he said that our bombs will never be a weapon of aggression.

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