In Pics: Abdul Kalam's journey from 'Missile Man' to 'People's President'

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India on Tuesday paid rich tributes to former President APJ Abdul Kalam when his body arrived at the Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi.

The country is mourning the death of Kalam, who breathed his last following cardiac arrest on Monday evening while delivering a lecture at IIM-Shillong.

His last rites will be held in his hometown Rameswaram in Tamil Nadu as per his family's wish.

Kalam's body, wrapped in the Tricolour, arrived at the Palam technical area around 12.30 p.m. in a special Indian Air Force (IAF) plane.

The two houses of Parliament were adjourned for two days as a mark of respect to Kalam, who rose from humble beginnings to become one of India's leading scientists and later the "people's president".

Have a look at few images of the Late Bharat Ratna awardee, who inspired generations and was immensely popular amongst youth:

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

In this file photo Prime Minister AB Vajpayee, flanked by APJ Abdul Kalam and R Chidambaram inspects the site of the nuclear fission blast at Pokhran in Thar desert. (PTI photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

The Presidential candidate Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam filing his nomination papers for the Presidential election in presence of the then Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee. (PIB Image)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

In this photo taken on 09/08/96, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam walks back after receiving G M Modi award for Science Achievement. (PIB Image)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

Young Dr Abdul Kalam during his days at ISRO. (PIB Image)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

The President, Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam shaking hands with the President of the USA, Mr. George W Bush at a Ceremonial Reception at Rashtrapati Bhawan. (PhotoDivision Image)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

Former President Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on his way to Rashtrapati Bhavan riding traditional "Buggi" with the then President of India Smt. Pratibha Patil. (PhotoDivision Image)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam on-board INS Sindhurakshak while serving as President of India. (Image Source- Wikipedia)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

File photo of former president APJ Abdul Kalam with Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama in New Delhi in Nov 2012. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

A students clicks picture of the former President APJ Abdul Kalam during the 20th National Children Congress at Banaras Hindu University in Varanasi, in 2012. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam during the inaugural function of the Silver Jubilee of SIES college in Mumbai, in 2012. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam visits a diamond industry in Surat, in 2013. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

Former President of India, APJ Abdul Kalam is awarded an honorary degree by the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, 2014. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam alongwith Governor of Jammu and Kashmir NN Vohra and President of German Academy of Sciences Yong Hokar during the inauguration of International Conference on 'Cellular and Molecular Mechanisms of Disease Processes' at Kashmir University in Srinagar, 2014. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam with super kid Kautilya Pandit at his residence in New Delhi. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam at ALNC Day Oration of Voluntary Health Services (VHS) Hospital in Chennai. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

US President Barack Obama shakes hands with former President APJ Abdul Kalam during a banquet hosted at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

APJ Abdul Kalam talks with Kamala, widow of cartoonists RK Laxman's at her residence in Pune. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

File photo of former president APJ Abdul Kalam with J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed in Uri in June 2003. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

File photo of former president APJ Abdul Kalam with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi in Jan 2015. (PTI Photo)

In Pics: Life and works of Dr Kalam

File photo of former president APJ Abdul Kalam with Nelson Mandela in Johannesburg in September, 2004. (PTI Photo)

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