Who are the most famous people in India?

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  • Mahatma Gandhi is a famous social reformer known as the Father of Nation in India.
  • The former president and renowned Missile man of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam
  • The first woman of India to go to space is most popular Kalpana Chawla
  • The famous queen of the princely state of Jhansi Rani Lakshmi Bai
  • Ratan Tata, the most renowned and powerful businessman India has ever produced
  • The famous Prime Minister of India Mr. Narender Modi
  • Shah Rukh Khan also called the King of Bollywood and Romance, is India's most popular movie star.
  • Virat Kohli is the most popular cricket celebrity in India.

India has several world-renowned personalities known for their unmatched contributions in their fields.

Several notable Indians have made their mark in politics, dance and music, literature, science, religion, business, Movies, and other fields.

From ascetic theorists to great mathematicians to wealthy industrialists, India has had a lot of famous people who have made the country proud.

Mahatma Gandhi was a famous social reformer, also known as the Father of Nation in India[edit]

Indians widely consider Mahatma Gandhi as the Father of the Nation. Gandhi was a social reformer and Indian Independence Movement leader who led the fight for Indian democracy through non-violent "satyagraha."

Studio photograph of Mahatma Gandhi, London, 1931.
Studio photograph of Mahatma Gandhi, London, 1931. Elliott & Fry, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Gandhi studied law at London's Inner Temple. He returned to India in 1915 after organizing civil disobedience for Indians in South Africa.

Gandhi traveled by rail in India to several regions to study farmers', peasants', and urban laborers' difficulties and organize rallies for them.

He rose the ranks and became the face National Congress in 1921. He rallied people in the Dandi Salt march in 1930 and the 1942 Quit India Movement.

He fought to elevate untouchables and gave them the name Harijan, meaning God's offspring. Gandhi frequently wrote for newspapers, and his spinning loom wheel became a symbol of the Indian Independence Movement.[1]

A.P. J. Abdul Kalam was the former president and renowned Missile man of India[edit]

Dr. Kalam was India's president for five years, from 2002 to 2007. He is also one of India's most famous scientists, politicians, and writers.

Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's inaugural speech
Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam's inaugural speech. Vipul5491 at English Wikipedia, CC0, via Wikimedia Commons

Dr. Kalam, an aeronautical engineer by training, contributed to substantial advancements in rocketry at India's space agency ISRO and defense agency DRDO. He is known as a significant force behind India's space program.

India revered Dr. Kalam, who was named one of the two most trusted men in India. Indian government conferred the Bharat Ratna on him, India's highest civilian honor.[2]

Kalpana Chawla is the first woman from India to go to space[edit]

Kalpana Chawla was the first person of Indian origin to go to space.

Kalpana Chawla, NASA photo portrait
Kalpana Chawla, NASA photo portrait. NASA, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

She was also the first woman at Punjab Engineering College to study aeronautical engineering.

She is a national hero in India because of her accomplishments, and the Congressional Space Medal of Honor was given to her.

Kalpana Chawla was a licensed pilot who could fly seaplanes, multi-engine planes, and gliders for business. She was also certified to teach people how to fly gliders and airplanes.

There are buildings, streets, and other places named after her now.

In 1997, Chawla was on the Space Shuttle Columbia, which exploded and killed her and the other six people on board. During its return to Earth's atmosphere, the spacecraft broke apart.[3]

Rani Laxmi Bai is the famous queen of Jhansi who martyred herself fighting against British colonial rule[edit]

Laxmi Bai was a Brahmin girl who grew up with boys. She learned martial arts, sword fighting, and horse riding because she was raised in the court of the leader of the people, Baji Rao II, and got married to the king at a young age.

The Rani of Jhansi leads dressed as a man fights the British cavalry
A painting depicting the Rani of Jhansi dressed as a man fighting the British cavalry. AnonymousUnknown author, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Popularly called Rani Laxmi bai, she was the queen of Jhansi. She was one of the leaders of the 1857 mutiny against British colonial rule.

Laxmi bai remains popular after a century because she rebelled against the British in a male-dominated rebellion while leading a traditionally patriarchal kingdom.

During the rebellion, Laxmi bai quickly gathered her army and took control of the rebels in the Bundelkhand area. She also got help from insurgents in the nearby areas.

She never gave up in battle and fought all fights carrying her infant in her arms. She is also known for establishing herself in a male-dominated society in an era when a woman ruling the state was unfathomable.[4]

Ratan Tata is the most renowned and powerful businessman India has ever produced[edit]

Ratan Tata is a popular industrialist and the heir to the famous Tata group. Being a successful businessman, Ratan Tata is one of the most famous faces in India.

Ratan Tata. U.S. Embassy New Delhi, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

From 1990 to 2012, Ratan Tata led Tata Group and Tata Sons as their chairman. His companies achieved new milestones under his direction.

Ratan Tata is known for his excellent leadership and humility. Per his wishes, the Tata group of companies donated 75% of their profits to charity.

Dividends from his various companies are added to the charity, not his wealth. That's why the value of Ratan Tata's personal assets has remained around one billion dollars.[5]

Narender Modi is one of the most popular Indian politicians and the current prime minister of India[edit]

Narendra Damodardas Modi is an Indian politician born on 17 September 1950. From 2001 to 2014, Modi was the chief minister of Gujarat. He is now a member of parliament from Varanasi. He is the 14th prime minister of India, serving the office since 2014.

Narender Modi (with garlands). Jayender Dabas, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Modi is a member of the right-wing Hindu nationalist organization Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) and the leader of affiliated political party called Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

He is the only Indian prime minister in office for the longest who is not a member of the Indian National Congress.

Modi's rule and policies have been criticized by several and marred with controversies. Despite the polarizing opinions, he remains one of the most popular personalities in India.[6]

Shah Rukh Khan is the biggest superstar in India and is well-known globally[edit]

Often referred to as the king of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan is a world-famous superstar from India.

Shahrukh Khan. Bollywood Hungama, CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Almost thirteen films by Shah Rukh Khan have won Filmfare Awards, considered the Oscar of Bollywood. It is regarded as an exceptional achievement.

He entered the Film Industry and launched himself as an icon of romance with his unique acting skills and attractive looks. The emotions and feelings of Shah Rukh Khan movies are famous in India and worldwide. Due to his unrivaled popularity, he remains the second richest actor worldwide.[7]

Virat Kohli is the most popular cricket celebrity in India.[edit]

Virat Kohli is one of the most famous celebrity cricketer in India.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. Anand Anil, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons

On 18 August 2008, Virat Kohli made his cricketing debut with the India Cricket Team. He has since remained a powerhouse of achievements. He has achieved the fastest 10000 runs milestone along with 43 international centuries in ODI cricket.

In the ICC ranking, Virat Kohli is the number one batsman in ODI cricket. And for all these reasons, his popularity has grown worldwide.[8]


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