India’s First Awards and Titles

  • Mr. Universe : Monotosh Roy in 1952
  • Miss World : Reita Faria in 1966; also the first Asian to win the title
  • Miss Asia Pacific: Zeenat Aman in 1970
  • International Teen Princess: Radha Bartake in 1974
  • Miss Teenages Intercontinental: Elizabeth Anita Reddi in 1978
  • Miss World Amber: Mala Rai Singani in 1978
  • World Miss University: Priyadarshini Pradhan in 1989
  • Miss Universe: Sushmita Sen in 1994
  • Miss India Worldwide: Karminder Kaur Virk in 1994
  • Miss Intercontinental: Lara Dutta in 1997
  • Mr. International: Aryan Vaid in 2000
  • Manhunt International: Rajeev Singh in 2001
  • Miss Tourism International: Candice Pinto in 2001
  • Mrs. World: Aditi Gowitrikar in 2001
  • Miss Tourism Queen International: Zabina Abdul Rashid Khan in 2004
  • Miss World Tourism: Sonal Chauhan in 2005.
  • Best Model of the World: Siddharth Shukla in 2005
  • Miss Tourism: Priyanka Shah in 2007
  • Miss Earth: Nicole Faria in 2010
  • Miss Asia Pacific World: Himangini Singh Yadu in 2012
  • Mister United Nations: Rahul Vyas in 2013
  • Miss Supranational: Asha Bhat in 2014
  • Miss Universal Peace and Humanity: Ruhi Singh in 2014
  • Miss Tourism International (China version): Parul Bindal in 2014
  • Ms United Nations: Amiiee (Amisha) Chaudhary Verma in 2017
  • Mrs United Nations Classic: Neepa Singh in 2017
  • Mrs United Nations: Roshni Hassan in 2017
  • First Indian to win any literary award (the Newbery Medal) in the United States, in 1927 for Gay Neck, the Story of a Pigeon: Dhan Gopal Mukerji
  • Mister World: Rohit Khandelwal; first Asian to win Mister World
  • First ever Miss World to win Beauty with a Purpose award: Manushi Chhillar.
  • First Indian to win a major non-fiction award, the Duff Cooper Prize in the United Kingdom, in 1966 for The Continent of Circe – Nirad C. Chaudhuri
  • Man Booker Prize: Arundhati Roy for her novel The God of Small Things in 1997
  • First Indian to speak as orator at Harvard University, in the commencement exercises in 1993 – Bhaswati Bhattacharya
  • Bharat Ratna: Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C. Rajagopalachari, and C. V. Raman in 1954
  • Padma Vibhushan: Satyendra Nath Bose, Nand Lal Bose, Zakir Hussain, Balasaheb Gangadhar Kher, Jigme Dorji Wangchuk, V. K. Krishna Menon in 1954
  • Param Vir Chakra: Major Somnath Sharma
  • Commander of the Order of Arts and Letters: Mrinal Sen
  • Chevalier of the Order of Arts and Letters: Sivaji Ganesan
  • Dadasaheb Phalke Award: Devika Rani in 1969
  • Ashoka Chakra Award to a civilian: D.K. Jatar (posthumous) and M.C Dixit, captain and co-captain respectively, of the sabotaged plane Kashmir Princess, for “most conspicuous bravery, daring and self-sacrifice”
  • Magsaysay Award: Vinoba Bhave, 1958
  • Stalin Peace Prize (now known as Lenin Peace Prize) in 1952: Saifuddin Kitchlew
  • Oscar for Lifetime Achievement: Satyajit Ray
  • Nishan-e-Pakistan: Morarji Desai, 1990