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Pranab Mukherjee

Ex-president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam dies at 83, pushed for a nuclear India

Former Indian President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, known as the father of the country's military missile program, died Monday after collapsing while delivering a lecture, a top state official said. He was 83.

Kalam was the nation’s president from 2002 until 2007, and for decades had been a leading scientist and science administrator.

He played a key organizational and technical role in pushing for a nuclear India and was widely known in the country as the “missile man.”

Kalam became sick Monday while addressing the students of the Indian Institute of Management in the Meghalaya state capital, Shillong, said P.B. Warjri, chief secretary of the state. He was...