First in India
Posted November 5, 2009on:
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:
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)
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:
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:
First Indian bowler to get a hattrick in Test cricket:
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
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:
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:
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:
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 :
Only Army Chief to be awarded with Maha Vir Chakra twice:
Late Gen. A.S.Vaidya