Great Personalities Who Make Us Proud To Be An Indian
It is not often that we feel proud as Indians today, there are those stars who shine on the global scene, making us proud to be Indians. It is very difficult to choose few Indians who make us feel proud, because our country has had her share of heroes. Add to that long list many of the unsung heroes who haven’t been noticed by anyone. Here is the list of 6 people chosen from different fields who make us proud to be an Indian.
Mahatma Gandhi- Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
(2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948)
Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi, (2 October 1869 – 30 January 1948) was the leader of India’s non-violent independence movement against British rule and in South Africa who advocated for the civil rights of Indians. Born in Porbandar, India, Gandhi studied law and organized boycotts against British institutions in peaceful forms of civil disobedience. He was killed by a fanatic in 1948.
Gandhi grew up worshiping the god Vishnu and following Jainism, a morally careful ancient Indian religion that espoused non-violence, fasting, meditation and vegetarianism.
Gandhi’s first stay in London, from 1888 to 1891, he became more committed to a meatless diet, joining the executive committee of the London Vegetarian Society, and started to read a variety of sacred texts to learn more about world religions.
Living in South Africa, Gandhi continued to study world religions. “The religious spirit within me became a living force” he wrote of his time there. He immersed himself in sacred Hindu spiritual texts and adopted a life of simplicity, fasting and celibacy that was free of material goods.
Gandhi famously led Indians in challenging the British-imposed salt tax with the 400 km (250 miles) Dandi Salt March in 1930, and later in calling for the British to Quit India in 1942.
No single person in the world has left such an inedible mark globally, as Mahatma Gandhi has done. He has been a great inspiration to many leaders for decades. Though Godse was successful in assassinating him, he could not assassinate the legacy of truth, non-violence and satyagraha left behind by Mahatma Gandhi. Like every person in this list, Mahatma Gandhi was also a simple man who walked around in Khadi Clothes. The father of the nation, makes every Indian proud.
Mother Teresa – Saint Teresa of Calcutta
(26 August 1910 – 5 September 1997)
Mother Teresa was Albanian by birth, but she chose to be the citizen of India. She was born in Skopje (now the capital of the Republic of Macedonia), then part of the Kosovo Vilayet of the Ottoman Empire. After living in Macedonia for eighteen years she moved to Ireland and then to India, where she lived for most of her life. In 1950 Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation which had over 4,500 sisters and was active in 133 countries in 2012.
In 1919, when Agnes was only 8 years old, her father suddenly fell ill and died. While the cause of his death remains unknown, many have speculated that political enemies poisoned him. In the aftermath of her father’s death, Agnes became extraordinarily close to her mother, a pious and compassionate woman who instilled in her daughter a deep commitment to charity.
Her unselfish service to fellow human beings won her the giving her the title “Blessed Teresa of Calcutta”. Though she has won many recognitions and awards, there is no need to talk what she received, as it is what she gave back to the world that made the difference. She lived her life showering love on the people who were shunned by the society. There is no wonder Indians feel proud of her.
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam
(15 October 1931 – 27 July 2015)
Dr. Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam, better known as Dr. A. P. J. Abdul Kalam he was the 11th President of India from 2002 to 2007. A career scientist turned statesman, Kalam was born and raised in Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, and studied physics and aerospace engineering.
He spent the next four decades as 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.The former president of India is popularly known as the ‘Missile Man of India’ for his work on the development of ballistic missile and launch vehicle technology and also making Agni, Prithvi, Akash, Trishul and Nag missiles a household names in India. His dedication and determination raised the defense power of India to that of international levels.
He is worthy winner of Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian honor. Dr. Abdul Kalam is known for his motivational speeches and interaction with the student community in India and very popular for his humility, sincerity, dedication and love for children.
While delivering a lecture at the Indian Institute of Management Shillong, Kalam collapsed and died from an apparent cardiac arrest on 27 July 2015, aged 83. Thousands including national-level dignitaries attended the funeral ceremony held in his hometown of Rameshwaram, where he was buried with full state honours.
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar
(Born 24 April 1973)
Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar is a former Indiancricketer. Sachin Tendulkar was born in Bombay, India. Introduced to cricket at age 11, Sachin Tendulkar was just 16 when he became India’s youngest Test cricketer. In 2005, he became the first cricketer to score 35 centuries (100 runs in a single inning) in Test play. In 2008, he reached another major milestone by surpassing Brian Lara’s mark of 11,953 Test runs. Tendulkar took home the World Cup with his team in 2011, and wrapped up his record-breaking career in 2013.Widely popular as the ‘God of Cricket‘.
Sachin Tendulkar is hailed as the greatest batsman of modern generation by the world, whereas other calls the greatest cricketer of all time. Yet, he remained a humble person throughout his career spanning 24 years, which was proved through the heart touching retirement speech he gave at the Wankhede Stadium. The list of his achievements and awards would run into pages. There is no dispute about the fact that he has made every Indian proud.
N. R. Narayana Murthy
(Born 20 August 1946)
Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy , commonly referred to as Narayana Murthy. The greatness of this man lies in his simplicity. Nagavara Ramarao Narayana Murthy, commonly referred to as Narayana Murthy, is an Indian IT industrialist and the co-founder of Infosys, a multinational corporation providing business consulting, technology, engineering, and outsourcing services. Murthy studied electrical engineering at the National Institute of Engineering, University of Mysore, and MTech at the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur.Mr. Murthy’s main contribution has come in outsourcing IT services.
Before starting Infosys, Narayana Murthy worked with Indian Institute of Management Ahmedabad as chief systems programmer and Patni Computer Systems in Pune (Maharashtra). He started Infosys in 1981 and served as its CEO from 1981 to 2002 and as chairman from 2002 to 2011. In 2011, he stepped down from the board and became chairman Emeritus. On 1 June 2013, Murthy was appointed as Additional Director and Executive Chairman of the board for a period of five years.
It was the Global Delivery Model which he developed, articulated, designed and implemented which has become the foundation of ever growing outsourcing industry in India. He has been recognized internationally. He was named as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time, by the Fortune magazine in 2012 and among the 10 most-admired global business leaders in 2005 by the Economist. He is the winner of Padma Vibhushan in 2008.
Amitabh Harivansh Rai Shrivastava Bachchan
(Born 11 October 1942)
Amitabh Harivansh Rai Shrivastava Bachchan is an Indian film actor. He first gained popularity in the early 1970s for movies like Zanjeer and Deewaar, and was dubbed India’s first “angry young man” for his on-screen roles in Bollywood. Referred to as the “Shahenshah of Bollywood“, “Star of the Millennium” or “Big B“, he has since appeared in over 190 Indian films in a career spanning almost five decades. Named ‘One man Industry’ by none other than the French director François Truffaut, Amitabh Bachchan is an actor who has performed different roles in more than 180 films. He has won numerous awards including the Padma Shri in 1984 and the Padma Bhushan in 2001. It was a proud moment for India when BBC News Poll named him the Actor of the Millennium ahead of such luminaries as Charles Chaplin, Sir Laurence Olivier, and Marlon Brando. He has never allowed fame to get into his head. He remains a vegetarian, teetotaller and very punctual even to this day.