On 15 August, India celebrates its 70th Independence Day with great patriotic zeal through paying tributes to the national heroes for their sacrifice.
Let’s look at some of the personalities who made it big post Independence:
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar, popularly known as master blaster, is a former Indian cricketer and captain.
He is regarded as one of the greatest batsmen of all time. He took up cricket at the age of eleven, made his Test debut on 15 November 1989 against Pakistan in Karachi at the age of sixteen.
He is the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International, the holder of the record for the number of runs in both ODI and Test cricket, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket.
A R Rahman is an Indian composer, singer-songwriter, music producer, musician and philanthropist.
Rahman’s works are noted for integrating Eastern classical music with electronic music, world music and traditional orchestral arrangements.
Among his awards are two Academy Awards, two Grammy Awards, a BAFTA Award, a Golden Globe, four National Film Awards, fifteen Filmfare Awards and thirteen Filmfare Awards South.
Amitabh Bachchan, popularly known as Big B, is an Indian film actor. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for movies like Zanjeer and Deewar and was dubbed India’s first “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood.
Referred to as the “Shahenshah of Bollywood”, he has since appeared in over 180 Indian films in a career spanning more than four decades. Bachchan is widely regarded as one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian cinema.
A P. J. Abdul Kalam
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned politician, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering.
He was a scientist and science administrator, mainly at the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO) and Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and was intimately involved in India’s civilian space program and military missile development efforts.
He thus came to be known as the Missile Man of India for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology.
Abhinav Bindra is an Indian professional shooter and is a World and Olympic champion in the 10 m Air Rifle event.
By winning the gold in the 10 m Air Rifle event at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, he became the first Indian to win an individual gold medal at the Olympic Games.
Saina Nehwal is a professional badminton singles player from India. Active since 2004 at the international circuit, Nehwal, the former world no. 1, has maintained her world ranking in the top ten since 2009.
She has won over twenty international titles, which include ten Superseries titles. Although she reached to the world no. 2 ranking in 2009, it was only in 2015 that she was able to attain the world no. 1 ranking. And thereby becoming the only female player from India & overall the second Indian player – after Prakash Padukone – to achieve this feat.
As the CEO of a re-organized Google, India-born Sundar Pichai has joined an elite league of over a dozen Indian origin persons holding top posts at global corporations with collective turnover of about USD 400 billion.
Pichai was born in the southern city of Chennai and studied engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) in Kharagpur before heading to America to further his studies and career.