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Firsts In India

PUBLISHED BY: SURENDER KUMAR
OCTOBER 25, 2012

   
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THE FIRSTS IN INDIA

 

Actress of the talkies                                                                 Zubeida, Alam Ara (1931)

 

Actress to win Padma Shri Award                                         Nargis Dutt (1958)

 

Bharat Ratna Award winner                                                    C. Rajagopalachari (1954)

 

British Governor General of Indian Union                           Lord Mountbatten (Aug. 15, 1947-June 20, 1948)

 

Captain in Test Cricket                                                             C.K. Nayudu (1932)

 

Century in Test cricket                                                             Lala Amarnath (1933-1934)

 

Chief Election Commissioner                                                Sukumar Sen (1950-1958)

 

Chief Justice of India                                                                Hiralal J. Kania (1950-1951)

 

Commander-in-Chief                                                                K.M. Cariappa (1949-1953)

 

Cosmonaut                                                                                 Captain Rakesh Sharma (1984)

 

Dada Saheb Phalke Award winner                                       Devika Rani Roerich (1969)

 

Dancer to perform abroad                                                       Uday Shankar

 

Deputy Prime Minister                                                              Vallabhbhai Patel (1947-1950)

 

Emperor of Mughal Dynasty                                                   Babar (1526-1530)

 

English Song                                                                              My Heart is Beating … from Julie (1974)

 

Field Marshal                                                                              S.H.F.J. Manekshaw (1973)

 

Film Star Chief Minister                                                            M.G. Ramachandran (Tamil Nadu, 1977)

 

Finance Minister to present the Union Budget three times in a row

                                                                                                       Manmohan Singh (1993, 1994, 1995)

 

Geometer                                                                                     Baudhayana, Sulva Sutras (800 BC)

 

Governor General of British India                                          Warren Hastings (1774-1785)

 

Grammarian                                                                                 Panini, Ashtadhyaayi (6th Century BC)

 

Home Minister                                                                             Vallabhbhai Patel (1946)

 

ICS Officer                                                                                    Satyendranath Tagore

 

Indian Chief of Air Staff                                                             S. Mukherjee (1954-1960)

 

Indian Chief of Army Staff                                                         M. Rajendra Singh (April 1, 1955-May 14, 1955)

 

Indian Governor General of Indian Union                             C. Rajagopalachari (June 1948-Jan.1950)

 

Indian Woman President of Indian National Congress    Sarojini Naidu (1925)

 

Jain Tirthankara                                                                          Rishabha Dev

 

Jnanpith Award winner                                                             G. Sankara Kurup, Odakuzhal (1965)

 

Lady of the Indian Films                                                            Devika Rani Roerich

 

Lata Mangeshkar Award winner                                             Naushad (1984)

 

Law-giver                                                                                       Manu, Manu Smriti

 

Man to climb the Mount Everest without oxygen                Phu Dorjee (1984)

 

Managing Director of World Bank                                           Gautam Kazi (1995)

 

Member of British Parliament                                                    Dadabhai Naoroji (1862)

 

Member of Viceroy’s Executive Council                                 Sir S.P. Sinha (1909)

 

Miss Universe                                                                                Sushmita Sen (1994)

 

Miss World                                                                                       Reita Faria (1966)

 

Nishan-i-Pakistan winner                                                            Morarji Desai (1991)

 

Nobel Prize winner                                                                        Rabindranath Tagore, Gitanjali (1913)

 

Oscar winner                                                                                   Bhanu Athaiya (Costume designing for Gandhi)

 

Pilot                                                                                                    J.R.D. Tata, Tata Airlines (1932)

 

Presentation of General Budget                                                 C.D. Deshmukh, Finance Minister (1952)

 

President                                                                                           Dr. Rajendra Prasad (1950-1962)

 

President of Indian National Congress                                     W.C. Bannerjee (1885)

 

President to die in office                                                               Dr. Zakir Hussain (1967-1969)

 

Prime Minister                                                                                  Jawaharlal Nehru (1947-1964)

 

Prime Minister  to be assassinated                                            Indira Gandhi (1984)

 

Prime Minister to die in office                                                       Pt. Jawaharlal Nehru (1964)

 

Prime Minister to head a minority government                       Choudhary Charan Singh (1979- 1980)

 

Prime Minister who never faced the Parliament                      Charan Singh

 

Raman Medal Winner                                                                     Salim Ahmed Ali (1979)

 

Raman Magsayay Award Winner                                                Vinoba Bhave (1958)

 

Recipient of World Food Prize                                                     M.S. Swaminathan (1987)

 

Slave Ruler of India                                                                         Qutb-ud-din Aibak (1206-1210)

 

Speaker in Hindi at the UNO                                                          Atal Bihari Vajpayee (1977)

 

Speaker of Lok Sabha                                                                     G V Mavalankar (1952-1957)

 

STD Service                                                                                       Between Lucknow and Kanpur (1960)

 

Documented Test-tube baby                                                         Baby Harsha or Indira (1986)

 

Vice President                                                                                   Dr. S. Radhakrishnan (1952-1962)

 

Viceroy of India                                                                                 Lord Canning (1858-1862)

 

Woman (Muslim) Ruler of India                                                     Razia Sultana (1236-1240)

 

Woman Judge                                                                                    Anna Chandi, Kerala

 

Woman Ambassador                                                                        Vijaylakshmi Pandit (USSR , 1947-1949)

 

Woman at Antarctica                                                                           Meher Moos (1976)

 

Woman Central Minister                                                                      Rajkumari Amrit Kaur (Health)

 

Woman Chief Justice (of High Court)                                              Leila Seth (Himachal Pradesh, 1991)

 

Woman Chief Minister                                                                          Sucheta Kripalani (Uttar Pradesh, 1963-1967)

 

Woman Foreign Minister                                                                     Lakshmi N. Menon (1957-1966)

 

Woman Secretary General of Rajya Sabha                                    V.S. Rama Devi (1993)

 

Woman Governor                                                                                  Sarojini Naidu (Uttar Pradesh, 1947)

 

Woman IAS Officer                                                                                 Anna Rajam George (1950)

 

Woman IPS Officer                                                                                  Kiran Bedi (1974)

 

Woman Jet Commander                                                                       Captain Saudamini Deshmukh

 

Woman Jnanpith Award winner                                                          Ashapurna Devi, Prathama Pratishruti (1976)

 

Woman Judge of Supreme Court                                                        Meera Sahib Fatima Beevi (1989)

 

Woman Minister of State                                                                        Vijayalakshmi Pandit (UP, 1937)

 

Woman Pilot (Commercial)                                                                    Prem Mathur (Deccan Airways, 1951)

 

Woman Pilot (Indian Airlines)                                                                Durba Banerjee (1966-1988)

 

Woman President of Indian National Congress                               Annie Besant (1917)

 

Woman President of UN General Assembly                                      Vijaylakshmi Pandit (1953)

 

Woman Prime Minister                                                                             Indira Gandhi (1966-1977, 1980-1984)

 

Woman Sahitya Akademi Award winner                                             Amrita Pritam, Sunehre (1956)

 

Woman to climb Mount Everest                                                            Bachendri Pal (1984)

 

Woman to perform a solo flight                                                             Harita Kaur Deol (1994)

 

Woman to swim across the English Channel                                    Aarti Saha a.k.a. Aarti Gupta (1959)

 

Woman to win an Asiad gold                                                                  Kamaljit Sandhu (1970)

 

Woman to go into space                                                                           Kalpana Chawla (November 1997)

 



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