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28/07/2015 1:12 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

PHOTOS: Dr Abdul Kalam, The 'People's President'

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New Delhi, INDIA: India's outgoing President A P J Abdul Kalam waves while meeting guests during a reception at the Presidential palace in New Delhi, 22 July 2007. Kalam's term expires on 24 July and he is set to be replaced by Pratibha Patil, (72), a politician nominated by the ruling Congress Party and who will become India's first woman president. AFP PHOTO/Prakash SINGH (Photo credit should read PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images)

From a space scientist to a Bharat Ratna awardee and eventually India's 11th President, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam led an illustrious life.

He was loved by politicians across the party divide and was the first person to occupy Rashtrapati Bhawan who could truly be called the 'People's President'.

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