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First in India

Posted on: November 5, 2009

First American President to visit India
Dwight David Eisenhower

First Asian to be elected president of Britain’s Liberal Democratic Party (LDP):
Lord Navnit Dholakia

First Asian to head a British university: Lord Swaraj Paul (when he was elected Chancellor of the Wolverhampton University on May 9, 2000)
First British Prime Minister to visit India:
Harold Macmillan 
 First Chairman of the University Grants Commission:

 First Chief Election Commissioner of India:
Sukumar Sen (21.3.1950 to 19.12.1958) 
First Chief Justice of India:
Harilal J.Kania (26.1.1950-6.11.1951) 
First Chief Minister of the tri-lingual Bombay Presidency:

First Chief of Air Staff: Air
Marshall Sir Thomas Elmherst (1947-1950) 
First Chief of Army Staff:
Gen. Maharaj Rajendra Sinhji   (1.4.1955 to 14.5.1955) 
First Commander-in-Chief:
Gen.Sir Roy Bucher (1.1.1948 – 14.1.1949) 
First Dalit Lok Sabha Speaker:
G M C Balayogi  
First Defence Minister of  Independent India:
Sardar Baldev Singh 
First Deputy Prime Minister of India:
Sardar Vallabhai Patel 
First Director General of ICAR:
First Eunuch to be elected as a Mayor of an Indian city: Kamla Jaan, who elected Mayor of Katni city in Madhya Pradesh in January 2000. 
First Eunuch to get elected to a state legislature: Shabnam Mausi, won the Sohagpur Assembly   constituency in Madhya Pradesh in the February 2000 elections. 
First European to invadeIndia:
First Field Marshal:
GenS.H.F.J. Manekshaw 
First fighter pilot to win the Param Vir Chakra:
Flying Officer Nirmaljeet SinghSekhon(posthumous) for IAF in 1971 Indo-Pak conflict. 
First Foreign Secretary ofFree India:
First Governor-General of Independent India:
Lord Mountbatten 
First Indian bowler to get a hattrick in Test cricket:
Harbhajan Singh 

First Indian Chief of Air Staff:
Air Marshal Subroto Mukherjee (April 1, 1954). 
First Indian Chief of Naval Staff:
Vice Admiral R.D.Katari (1958-1962). 
First Indian Governor-General of India:
First Indian to be awarded with the ‘Victoria Cross’ 
 Khuda Dad Khan (for Gallantry in Belgium during the first World War) 
First Indian to be elected a member of British Parliament    
Dadabhoi Naoroji 

First Indian to be elected to the US House of Representatives:
Dilip Singh Saund 
First Indian to go in space: Squadron Leader Rakesh Sharma.
 He went in the Soyuz 7-II Spacecraft on April 3, 1984 and returned on April 11, 1984. 
First Indian to hoist the National Flag over the North Pole:
Squadron Leader Sanjay Thapar. 
First Indian to record a song on a gramophone disc:
Sashi Mukhi of Classic Theatres, Calcutta (1902) 
First Indian to swim across the English Channel:
Mihir Sen 
First Indian to win an Olympic Bronze:
Khashaba Jadhav (wresting; 1952, Helsinki Olympics) 
First Indian to win the All England Open Badminton Tournament:
Pullela Gopi Chand (March 11,2001) 
First Indian to win the World Billiards Championship:
Wison Jones 
First Jnanpith Award Winner:
 G.Sankara Kurup (1965), for his work  in Malyalam. 
First Minister without Portfolio: N.Gopalswami Ayengar in Jawaharlal Nehru’s
Cabinet. He, however, went on to become the Minister of Defence. 
First Photographer in India:
Raja Deendayal 

First President of India:
Dr Rajendra Prasad (1950-1962) 
First President of the Indian Union of Civil Liberties:
Rabindranath Tagore (1930s). 
First Prime Minister of India:
Jawaharlal Nehru (1947-1964) 
First Prime Minister to win a popular entertainment award:
Atal Behari Vajpassssyee
First Secretary-General of South Commission:
Dr Manmohan Singh 
First Surveyor General of India:
Sir George Everest  
First Vice-President of India:
Dr S.Radhakrishnan (1952-1962) 
 First Winner of Param Vir Chakra:
Maj.Somnath Sharma (posthumously) in November, 1947 
India’s first Test-tube baby:
Harsha (born on August 6, 1986). 
India’slongest serving Chief Minister :
Jyoti Basu 
Only Army Chief to be awarded with Maha Vir Chakra twice:
Late Gen. A.S.Vaidya 



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