70 milestones that mark 70 years of India’s freedom.
India shakes, shines, embraces and astonishes all along its incredible journey since 1947. Here are 70 moments that will fill us with pride, honour and respect.
As the clock strikes 12 on 15th August 1947, Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru addresses a free India - Tryst with Destiny.
Men’s Hockey team brings home the first Olympic Gold.
Our constitution is formed. India celebrates its first Republic Day.
The first President of India, Dr. Rajendra Prasad, sets the pace to an incredible India.
India’s first Five Year Plan poised for dramatic growth and welfare.
India successfully hosts the first edition of The Asian Games!
The first Indian Institute of Technology is set up in Kharagpur, one of our nation’s premier institutions today that produces the finest graduates who go on to run organisations of the world.
Our first elections. Did you know that several nations like the US, world’s largest democracy did not give all its people the right to vote for a long time. India did!
India establishes world’s first Department of Atomic Energy.
Nationalized the Imperial Bank into The State Bank of India.
Crossing the field in all its glory, Arati Saha became the first Asian woman ever, to successfully swim across the English Channel.
And the lights turn to India’s first television service. Presenting:
Milkha Singh earns the title - The Flying Sikh in Pakistan’s historic track race.
Dreadfully getting run over by China, India loses its first wicket in the Indo-China War.
Keeping the non-Hindi speakers in mind, English was officially declared as an associate language after a series of riots. Steady India steady.
Reita Faria, the first Asian woman ever to be crowned Miss World.
India’s first woman Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.
Hitting a boundary in the field of music, Pandit Ravi Shankar becomes the first Indian ever to win a Grammy Award.
Hitting a six into space, India forms its legendary space agency, ISRO.
The launch of Project Tiger, a mission to protect our national animal.
Up up and away — India tests its first nuclear device - Smiling Buddha.
India launches its first satellite, Aryabhatta, into space.
The film Sholay beat all box office records, running in the theatres for several years.
India saw the birth of its first (and the world’s second) test tube baby, Durga, at the hands of Dr. Subhash Mukhopadhyay.
Mother Teresa wins the Nobel Peace Prize for peace.
Indian Men’s Hockey team wins another gold in the Moscow Olympics!
India lifts the Cricket World Cup under the legendary, Kapil Dev.
UNESCO designates Taj Mahal as a World Heritage Site.
Rakesh Sharma becomes the first Indian ever to travel into space.
The Bhopal Gas Tragedy kills thousands, leaving thousands more disabled. India silences into a stillness, growing stronger within.
Indira Gandhi is assassinated.
PT Usha astonishes the world in the Seoul Asian Games, winning 4 golds and 1 silver.
A monumental moment as Sunil Gavaskar becomes the first cricketer to score 10,000 runs in a Test Match.
Kerala earns the title of ‘The State with Total Literacy.’
India finally, adopts the economic and industrial policies — a necessity for the coming overs.
Satyajit Ray receives India’s first Oscar from the Academy Awards.
Miss Universe and Miss World making India dazzle with pride.
VSNL formally launched the Internet in India, paving the way for knowledge and strength.
Kalpana Chawla is the first Indian woman in space.
Arundhati Roy brings home the Booker Prize for her debut novel, The God of Small Things.
Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupati create history by winning three double titles, including French Open and Wimbledon.
India wins the Kargil war
Viswanathan Anand wins the World Chess Championship!
India’s population has struck the 1 billion mark. What a score, Bharat!
We bag the three biggest titles - Miss Universe, Miss World and Miss Asia Pacific - all in!
Bhuj Earthquake left the land and its people in ruins and cracks. But we shall overcome.
The first individual silver after Independence - Rajyavardhan Rathore brought home hope and glory in the field of shooting.
The wave of tsunami crashed over the Indian shore, taking with it the Indira Point.
The Right to Information Act will change India’s future and its fortunes.
Pratibha Patil becomes the first ever woman President.
Nearing the end of a tremendous innings, India won the first edition of T20 World Cup and how!
Abhinav Bindra become the first Indian to win the individual gold at the Olympics giving hope to a new era of professional shooting.
The launch of India’s first’s lunar probe, Chandrayaani.
And then came 26/11.
Delhi High Court decriminalized Homosexuality.
India became the first country to launch the cheapest car in the world.
AR Rahman got 2 Academy awards and Gulzar got one for Slumdog Millionaire. The stadium sang in unison, Jai Ho!
India’s bags 38 Gold, 27 Silver and 36 Bronze medals at the Commonwealth Games.
The World Cup trophy is home again.
Mary Kom became the only Indian Woman to have qualified for boxing in the 2012 Olympics and went on to win a Bronze!
Mangalyaan is launched into space.
India made history by becoming the first country in the world to enter the Martian orbit in its maiden attempt.
Jan Dhan Yojna makes zero balance accounts a reality.
World Number 1 in Tennis and Badminton. Bring it on!
PV Sindhu stormed across the court to win the silver and Sakshi Malik, become the first Indian female wrestler to win a medal at the Olympics.
On the night of 8/11, Prime Minister Narendra Modi created history with the demonetisation drive.
Women rule for the first time in Indian Cricket history.
A decade long reform in the making — GST is introduced.
104 satellites launched in a single mission.
Virat has a special take on India’s 70 year performance.
Author: Aastha Jain