India’s First in Others

  • The first Indian to cross English Channel: Mihir Sen
  • First practicing barrister of Indian origin: Monomohun Ghose
  • First Indian as well as an Asian to be called to the bar in England: Gnanendramohan Tagore
  • First post office opened in India: Kolkata (1727)
  • First telegraph message: on 5 November 1850, between Calcutta (now Kolkata) and Diamond Harbour, a distance of about 50 km.
  • Wax statue of a living Indian: Mahatma Gandhi at Madame Tussaud’s in 1939
  • Miss India to participate in Miss Universe: Indrani Rahman in the Miss Universe 1952 Pageant at Long Beach, California
  • India’s first woman Merchant Navy Officer: Sonali Banerjee
  • First woman teacher: Savitribai Phule
  • First woman doctor: Anandi Gopal Joshi
  • First Indian World No. 1 women’s tennis sportsperson (doubles): Sania Mirza
  • First Indian No. 1 women’s badminton player: Saina Nehwal
  • The first record holder in the field of development of eco-innovation: Shripad Vaidya 13 June 2010; Vaidya is the first Nagpurian to get two Limca records within a year, as the first record holder in the field of development of eco-innovation.
  • World’s first hand written needle book: Madhushala
  • Writer of world’s first hand written needle book (Madhushala): Piyush Goel
  • First disabled friendly bank ATM: Union Bank of India