25 Glorious Moments In Independent India's History That Will Make Us Feel Proud

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Amitesh Agnihotri | Published On: Aug 14, 2017 01:42 PM IST |   142

1. India’s first general election was carried out in 1951. The voter turnout was 45.7%. 

India's first elections

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2. We started a new legacy when we hosted the first Asian Games in 1951. 

First asian games

3. 1966: Retia Faria Powell became the first Asian woman to win the Miss World.  

Reita Faria

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It happened again in 1994 when Sushmita Sen and Aishwarya Rai became Miss Universe and Miss World respectively. 

4. Our first organised resistance to destruction of forests, the Chipko movement,  began in 1974.

Chipko movement

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5. We entered the nuclear club in 1974 when we carried out our first nuclear test at Pokhran.

Pokhran

BLOGSPOT

6. Aryabhatta, our first satellite, named after the 5th century scientist, was launched in 1975. Since then we’ve only got bigger on the satellite front.

Aryabhatta

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7. Mother Teresa’s humanitarian work was noticed at a global level when she won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1979.

Mother Teresa

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8. 1983: India won the cricket World Cup for the first time, and made a mark as world-class sportsmen.

Kapil Dev

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9. 1984: Rakesh Sharma became the first Indian to enter space opening doors for bigger outer space ventures.

Rakesh Sharma

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10. India opened its gates to the global market and initiated economic liberalisation in 1991.

Manmohan Singh

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11. We defeated Pakistan in the Kargil War in 1999 and recaptured Tiger Hill.

Tiger hill

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12. India became one of the few nations to enact the fundamental Right to Information in 2005.

Right to information

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13. We became one of the first few countries to have a woman head of state when Pratibha Patil took over as President of India in 2007.

Pratibha Patil

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14. We continued being great at cricket when India won the T20 World Cup in 2007.

T20 world Cup 2007

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15. We always had hits and misses at the Olympics, but we reached new heights when Abhinav Bindra won the gold medal in the 10m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympics

Abhinav Bindra

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16. A.R. Rehman made the nation proud when he received an Oscar for Slumdog Millionaire in 2009.

A R Rehman

 

17. 2011: We won the cricket World Cup AGAIN.  

2011 Cricket World Cup

 

18. 2011: We decided to take a stand against the system and supported Anna Hazare in his campaign against corruption.

Anna Hazare corruption campaign

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19. 2012: Defence Research and Development Organisation successfully test fired Agni V, taking a big step towards being more powerful.

Agni V

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After Independence, we have invested in several defence projects from missiles to ships.

20. The Indian government declared the Golden Quadrilateral complete in 2012. Over 40,000 km of highways and expressways were added to our infrastructure.

Golden quadilatral chennai-mumbai phase

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21. 2014: After years of battling Polio, India got rid of it in 2014.

Polio free india

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22. 2014: We became the first country to reach the Mars orbit in the very first attempt. The whole world was pleasantly surprised and proud when Mangalyaan reached Mars.  

Mars

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23. After several years of disappointment, our hockey team made a glorious comeback when they defeated Pakistan in the 2014 Asian Games.

Hockey team

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24. Kailash Satyarthi made us proud when he received the Nobel Prize for Peace in 2014.

Kailash satyarthi

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25. 2015: Narendra Modi completed one year in office giving us hope by launching projects like Make-in-India, Digital India, Skill India and 100 smart cities.

Narendra Modi

 
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