Saturday, April 13, 2024

India @ 75 – Answers


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


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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