Born in Hyderabad, she became the first Indian woman to win an Olympic silver medal at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is one of the two Indian badminton players to ever win an Olympic medal after Saina Nehwal.
She also became the first Indian ever to win Korea Open Super Series and was the silver medalist at the 2017 BWF World Championships. She had reached the 2nd spot in the women’s singles rankings for 10 straight weeks.
Born in Hyderabad, Nadella is the current Chief Executive Officer of Microsoft, the largest software company in the world. He currently draws US$84 million per annum as base salary, which is one of the highest salaries in the world. Under his leadership as CEO, Microsoft stocks having risen more than 130% and achieved an all-time high. He is also one of the first CEOs from Microsoft to be credited for working in collaboration with other companies such as Apple Inc., Dropbox, IBM, and Salesforce.
Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman
Born in Tiruchirapalli, he was the 1930 Nobel Prize Physics winner for his work on light scattering and wavelength also called the Raman Effect. He was also awarded the Lenin Peace Prize (1957), Bharat Ratna (1954), Hughes Medal (1930), and was also a Fellow of the Royal Society.
International beauty pageant winners
The following is a list of India’s placements at the ‘Big Four’ international beauty pageants, considered the most important in the world. The country has won twelve victories in among three of the Big Four pageants.
- Two— Miss Universe crowns (1994 • 2000)
- Six — Miss World crowns (1966 • 1994 • 1997 • 1999 • 2000 • 2017)
- Four — Miss Asia Pacific International (1970 • 1973 • 2000) and Miss Earth crown (2010)
The credit mainly goes to iconic beauties like Reita Faria (Miss World 1966), Zeenat Aman (Miss Asia Pacific International 1970), Sushmita Sen (Miss Universe 1996), Aishwarya Rai (Miss World 1994), Diana Hayden ( Miss World 1997), Yukta Mookhey (Miss World 1999), later in 2000 three Indians made a total sweep in 2000: Lara Dutta, Priyanka Chopra and Dia Mirza went on to win Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific International (predecessor of Miss Earth pageant) titles respectively, Nicole Faria (Miss Earth 2010) and finally Manushi Chhillar (Miss World 2017).
Born in Jodhpur, she is an Indian cricketer and the current captain of the Indian Women’s cricket team in Tests and ODI. She is the highest run-scorer in women’s international cricket and the only female cricketer to surpass the 6,000 run mark in ODIs.
She is also the first player to score 7 consecutive 50s in ODIs and the first captain (men or women) to lead India to an ICC ODI World Cup final twice in 2005 and 2017. This is a reason why she is often regarded as one of the greatest cricketing batters to have ever played the game.
Born in Madras, he is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist. He has won four National Film Awards, two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, fifteen Filmfare Awards and sixteen Filmfare Awards South.
In 2009, Rahman was included on the Time 100 list of the world’s most influential people. He was awarded the Padma Bhushan, in 2010. The UK-based world-music magazine ‘Songlines’ named him one of “Tomorrow’s World Music Icons” in August 2011. South Indian fans of Rahman refer him with the moniker of “The Mozart of Madras”, and “Isai Puyal” (English: the Musical Storm).
Born in Aden, he is an Indian business magnate who is the chairman, managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), a Fortune Global 500 company and India’s most valuable company by market value. He resides at the Antilia Building valued close to $1 billion, which is one of the world’s most expensive private residences. As of 2015, Ambani ranked fifth among India’s philanthropists, according to China’s Hurun Research Institute.
He is the recipient of many awards such as the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year2000, NDTV Business Leader of the Year2010, Financial Chronicle Businessman of the Year 2010, Harvard Business Reviews’ 5th-best performing global CEO in 2010, etc.
Born is Ravulapalem, he is the first Indian to win a Super Series Premier Men’s title in badminton.
In 2017 Kidambi won the Indonesia Super Series becoming the first ever Indian male player to do so. After winning Indonesia, Singapore, Australia, France and Denmark Super Series, he became the fourth ever badminton player ever to win four Super Series titles in a year. In 2018, he was awarded the Padma Shri.
Born in Hisar, she is one of India’s most successful badminton players who formerly achieved the world no. 1 ranking in 2015 after Prakash Padukone. She is the first Indian to win a Super Series title and holds the distinction of being the only Indian to have won at least a medal in every BWF major individual event, namely the Olympics, the BWF World Championships, and the BWF World Junior Championships.
She is also the first ever Indian badminton player to have won an Olympic medal. She has won over twenty-three international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. She was conferred with the Padma Bhushan in 2016 and is also the winner of the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award previously.
Hailing from Delhi, Khosla is credited with co-founding Sun Microsystems (which created Network File System and the programming language Java) and playing a major role in the founding of TiE and Daisy Systems. He is a self-made billionaire and is also the owner of Khosla Ventures.
Jagadish Chandra Bose
Born in Mymensingh (now Bangladesh), he was a polymath known for his studies on Millimetre waves, microwave optics, inventing the Crescograph and contributions to plant biology in which he proved that plants also react to stimuli and that also have feelings. Bose is also considered the father of Bengali science fiction. He was also a Companion of the Order of the Indian Empire, Companion of the Order of the Star of India, Knight Bachelor and Fellow of the Royal Society.
Narinder Singh Kapany
Kapany was born in Punjab and is credited for his contributions in the field of fiber-optics. He was also part of the ‘Unsung Heroes’ list published by the Fortune Magazine.
Now that is the king of all lists ever made! This list is still missing many Indians who rocked the world with their achievements and we will definitely cover them in further parts of this series! Till then, please feel proud of these achievers and aspire to do something for your country as well! Jai Hind!