How Kalam’s chat with Biju Patnaik gave wings to India’s missile dreams

Abdul Kalam, Wheeler Island, Biju Patnaik, Odisha, PV Narasimha Rao, China, India, Missile
Former president of India and missile scientist Dr APJ Abdul Abdul Kalam was one of the simplest men but also very cunning | Image - Eunice Dhivya

On one fine forenoon in 1993, four men stood inside the Chief Minister’s office in the imposing Odisha Secretariat building in Bhubaneswar. Besides the then-chief minister, the maverick Biju Patnaik and his trusted principal secretary, Aurobindo Behera, the other two were an ordinary looking Chief Scientific Adviser to the Prime Minister and secretary, Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), Dr APJ......