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Prime Minister of Free India: Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru
President of India: Dr Rajendra Prasad
Vice President of India: Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan
President of the Indian National Congress: Womesh Chandra Bannerjee, 1885
President of the Indian National Congress of independent India: Acharya Kripalani
The first Chief Election Commissioner: Sukumar Sen
Deputy Prime Minister: Vallabhbhai Patel (1947–1950)
Defence Minister of India: Baldev Singh
Indian Commander-in-Chief of Free India: General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa
Commander-in-Chief, IAF: Air Marshal Subroto Mukerjee
Chief of Air Staff: Air Marshal Sir Thomas Elmhirst
Indian Chief of Staff: General Kodandera Madappa Cariappa
Chief of Naval Staff: Vice Admiral Ram Dass Katari
Field Marshal: Sam Manekshaw
First female Jawan in the Army: Shanti Tigga
Leader of Opposition: A. K. Gopalan
The first Viceroy of India: Lord Canning (1858)
Governor-General of India: Warren Hastings (1773)
Governor-General of Independent India: Lord Mountbatten (1947)
Indian Governor-General of Indian Union: C Rajagopalachari (1948)
Chief Justice of India: H. J. Kania (1947–1951)
Indian ICS Officer: Satyendranath Tagore( 1863)
Speaker of Lok Sabha: G.V. Mavlankar (1952–1956)
First Home Minister of India: Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel
First Indian President to die in Office: Dr Zakir Hussain
First Indian Prime Minister to resign: Morarji Desai (1979)
First Woman President: Pratibha Patil (2007–2012)
First woman Cabinet Minister in India: Rajkumari Amrit Kaur
First woman Minister in India: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit
First woman Chief Minister: Sucheta Kriplani, UP
First woman Governor of a State: Sarojini Naidu (Governor of Uttar Pradesh, 1947–49)
First female Home Minister: Sabitha Indra Reddy in Andhra Pradesh Govt.
First woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha: Meira Kumar
First women Railway Minister of India: Mamata Banerjee

Awards & Achievements

First Param Vir Chakra Awardee: Major Som Nath Sharma
Woman to scale Mount Everest: Bachendri Pal
Person to have walked across Gobi desert: Sucheta Kadethankar
Indian to swim across the English Channel: Mihir Sen, 1958.
Woman to swim across the English Channel: Arati Saha, 1959
Woman in space: Kalpana Chawla
Test-tube baby: Durga Agarwal, born 1978
Nuclear Reactor: Apsara, Mumbai
Satellite: Aryabhata, launched on 19 April 1975
Person to equal world record in Archery: Limba Ram (1992)
Miss Universe: Sushmita Sen (1994)
Miss Earth: Nicole Faria (2010)
Miss World: Reita Faria (1966)
Mr. Universe: Manohar Aich (1952)
Man Booker Prize: Arundhati Roy (1997) Novel – “The God of Small Things”
Bharat Ratna (1954): Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C. Rajagopalachari and C. V. Raman
Nishan-e-Pakistan: Morarji Desai (1990)
Magsaysay Award: Vinoba Bhave (1958)
Wax statue of a living Indian: Mahatma Gandhi at Madame Tussaud’s (1939)
Woman to be the Chairperson of State Bank of India: Arundhati Bhattacharya
Woman Photojournalist: Homai Vyarawalla
Woman Supreme Court judge: Justice M. Fathima Beevi
Woman President of the United Nations General Assembly: Vijaya Lakshmi Pandit

Sports

Olympic team medal: Gold in Field Hockey, Amsterdam (beat Netherlands in Finals)
Olympic Individual medal: Bronze by K. D. Jadhav, Helsinki (Wrestling-1952)
Olympic Individual medal by a woman: Bronze by Karnam Malleswari, Sydney (Weightlifting 54 kg class)
Individual Gold medal: Abhinav Bindra, Beijing (10 m Air Rifle- 2008)
Individual Silver medal: Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Athens (Men’s Double Trap- 2004)
Grand Slam title: Mahesh Bhupathi (partnering with Japanese Rika Hiraki) in Mixed Doubles category (1997 French Open)
Woman to win a Grand Slam title: Sania Mirza (partnering with Mahesh Bhupathi) in Mixed Doubles category (2009 Australian Open)
Chess Grandmaster: Male – Viswanathan Anand (1988)
Female: Koneru Humpy  (2002)
Captain in Tests: C. K. Nayudu (1932 England tour)
ODI captain: Ajit Wadekar
Cricketer to score a century in a Test match: Lala Amarnath
Cricketer to score a double century in a Test match: Polly Umrigar, 223
Cricketer to score a triple century in a Test match: Virender Sehwag
Indian to score an ODI century: Kapil Dev, 175
Indian to score an ODI double century: Sachin Tendulkar, 200*
Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in Tests: Sunil Gavaskar (first in the World)
Batsman to complete 10,000 runs in ODIs: Sachin Tendulkar (first in the World)
First Indian to score a T20 century: at Suresh Raina

Entertainment
Oscar for Lifetime Achievement: Satyajit Ray
Bharat Ratna (first Indian Filmmaker to get one): Satyajit Ray
Sound film: Alam Ara (1931) directed by Ardeshir Irani
Sound engineer to win an Oscar: Resul Pookutty for Slumdog Millionaire
Music director to win an Oscar: Mr. A. R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire
First double Oscar winner: Mr. A. R. Rahman for Slumdog Millionaire
Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film: Mother India
Oscar for Lifetime Achievement: Satyajit Ray
First Indian Soap Opera: Hum Log, started on 7 July 1984 (156 episodes)
3-D film: My Dear Kuttichathan ( Malayalam-1984) dubbed in Hindi as Chhota Chetan.
Hindi film screened at the United Nations: Lage Raho Munna Bhai, 10 November 2006, directed by Rajkumar Hirani

 

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