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India @ 75 – Answers

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1 ‘Tryst with Destiny’.

 

2 Jawaharlal Nehru, to the Constituent Assembly at midnight, August 14, 1947

Jawaharlal Nehru

3 In Bengal, fasting to stop post-Partition riots.

 

4 Lord Louis Mountbatten.

 

5 The Ramayana and the Mahabharata.

 

6 At Birla House, Delhi. The Mahatma’s last words were “Hey Ram”. Martyrs Day is observed on January 30, 1948.

 

Footprints of Mahatma Gandhi leading up to the spot where he was assassinated at the Birla House in New Delhi in India

7 “We the people of India, having solemnly resolved to constitute India into a sovereign democratic republic…”

Later: the words “socialist, secular” were added in the 42nd amendment, 1976

 

8 1948

 

9 Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel

 

10 1951-52, Sukumar Sen

 

11 Dr BR Ambedkar

 

12 India voted not to withdraw from the Commonwealth.

 

13 Lata Mangeshkar

 

Lata didn’t like to sing cabaret songs

14 Mehboob Khan’s Mother India

 

15 Goa, from Portuguese control.

 

16 Lata Mangeshkar. Aye Mere Wattan ke Logo, Kavi Pradeep

 

17 8 medals, 6 consecutive medals from 1928 to 1956, 1 in 1964 in Tokyo and 1 in 1980 in Moscow.

 

18 Potti Sreeramalu

 

19 1959

 

20 January 31, 1963

 

21 Rita Faria, 1966, in London

 

22 Lal Bahadur Shastri, India’s second prime minister (not counting Gulzarilal Nanda)

 

23 She split the Congress Party

 

24 The Beatles, Maharishi Mahesh Yogi

25 East Meets West

 

26 Ajit Wadekar

 

27 Bishan Singh Bedi, EAS Prasanna and S Chandrashekhar.

 

28 In 1971, in the West Indies, a real baptism of fire

 

 29 Lt General Jagjit Singh Aurora, accepted Pakistan’s Lt-General AAK Niazi’s surrender on December 16, 1971

 

30 CV Raman, for Physics, for his work in the scattering of light. He was the first Indian director of the Indian Institute of Science. He was awarded a Bharat Ratna in 1956. His nephew Subramaniam Chandrashekhar also won a Nobel in Physics in 1983.

 

31 Dr Vikram Sarabhai

 

32 The Chipko Movement

 

33 Kissa Kursi Ka, made by Amrit Nahata

 

34 Sholay, Ramesh Sippy, Basanti

35 1972

 

36 Jayaprakash Narayan

 

37 Amitabh Bachchan, and Rajesh Khanna

 

38 The IXth Asian Games 

 

39 Kapil Dev captained the Indian cricket team to win the Prudential Cup, defeating the formidable West Indies.

40 Prime Minister Indira Gandhi

 

41Bhopal, Union Carbide’s factory saw massive gas leaks due to faulty maintenance. Thousands died and many continue to suffer the effects to this day. One of the world’s worst industrial disasters.

 

42 Dhirubhai Ambani, Only Vimal

43 Wing Commander Rakesh Sharma of the Indian Air Force flew on Soyuz T-11 in 1984. He became an instant hero. Another Air Force pilot, Ravish Malhotra also went through the training and was put on standby.

 

44 Bofors

 

45 Hum Log and Buniyaad

 

46 Trunk calls

 

47 The Gulf War, and CNN

 

48 Nani Palkhivala 

 

49 Harshad Mehta

50 Sushmita Sen won Miss Universe, Aishwarya Rai won Miss World.

 

51 Nothing. Both men stand at 1.65 metres.

 

52 Salman Khan, Shah Rukh Khan and Aamir Khan

 

53 IK Gujral

54 Free alcohol!

 

55 BPL Mobile and Max Touch

 

56 Sabeer Bhatia, Hotmail

 

57 Dr APJ Abdul Kalam

 

58 Chandrayaan 1

 

59 Leander Paes and Mahesh Bhupathi and Sania Mirza

 

60 Saina Nehwal and PV Sindhu

 

61 Indian Premier League, IPL and Lalit Modi

 

62 Rajinikanth

Rajinikanth

63 Abhinav Bindra, 10 m air rifle, Beijing 2008

 

64 Eight times

 

65 The late Sushant Singh Rajput

 

66 Yes, India managed to double the number of tigers in the wild from 1400 to about 3000 by 2018, according to some estimates. However, India has been steadily losing forest coverage for decades

 

67 Demonetisation, Rs 500 and Rs 1000 

68 Sundar Pichai of Alphabet (Google)

Satya Nadella of Microsoft

Parag Agarwal of Twitter

 

69 UU Lalit

 

70 Covishield by Astra Zeneca, made at the Serum Institute of India and Covaxin made by Bharat Biotech

 

71 Droupadi Murmu

 

72 Air India has been bought by the Tatas, who founded the airline before it was nationalised

 

73 Mangalayaan

 

74 Neeraj Chopra, javelin, 2021 Tokyo

Neeraj Chopra

75 Pingali Venkayya

 

 

 

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