Dr. APJ ABDUL KALAM (1931-2015)
Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam was born in a Tamil
Muslim family in Rameswaram. He was the 11th President of India and who is fondly
remembered as People’s President.
He completed his schooling
at Ramnad, graduation from St. Joseph’s College, Trichy, and went on to study aerospace
engineering at the Madras Institute of Technology (MIT) a er he joined the Defence
Research Development Organisation (DRDO).
Kalam’s family had become
poor at his early age; he sold newspapers to supplement his family income.
He was a recipient
of several prestigious awards, including the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honour in 1997.
Kalam has written many
books. Among them, very famous books are India 2020, Wings of Fire, Ignited Minds, e Luminous Sparks and Mission India.
His outstanding work
earned him the title of the ‘Missile
Man of India’.
Mr. VISWANATHAN ANAND
Viswanathan Anand was born in Chennai in a middle class family.
His mother was a big fan of chess and taught him to play the game when he was
just ve years old. She encouraged and motivated him a lot and this laid the
foundation forhis future career as a chess player.
Anand has won the world chess championships
fivve times(2000, 2007, 2008, 2010 and 2012).
He won the WorldJunior Chess
Championshipat the age of 14.
He became India’s rstgrandmaster
He was the rst recipient of
theRajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Awardin 1991-92, India’s highestsporting honour.
He received the nation’s second
highest civilian awardPadma Vibushan in 2007
Ms. S. ILAVAZHAGI
Ilavazhagi came from a poor family at Vyasarpadi, Chennai. His father is a
daily wage-earning auto-rickshaw driver
She participated in
the 2008World Carrom Championshipat
Palais Des Festivals, Cannes,France, and bagged hermaiden women’s title
She participated in
the 2008World Carrom Championshipat Palais Des Festivals, Cannes,France, and
bagged hermaiden women’s title
Mr. MARIYAPPAN THANGAVELU
Mariyappan was born at Salem in Tamil Nadu. His mother raised her children
as a single mother, carrying bricks as a labourer until becoming a vegetable seller,
earning about Rs.100 per day.
He suffered permanent
disability in his right leg. When he was young despite this setback, The completed
secondary schooling. He says, “I didn't see myself as di erent from able-bodied
In 2016, At the Rio Paralympics,
he won the gold medal in the men’s high jump T-42 event, with a leap
of 1.89 m
From the above examples, you will clearly understand that people from diverse backgrounds facing adverse conditions were still able to achieve greater success in their lives.