Indians are argumentative by nature and it is this inherent quality that has played a vital role in shaping India in its present form. With a rich civilization heritage of over 5000 years Indians are probably among the few people in the world who have a continuous uninterrupted past. The Indian nationality consists of many regional ethno-linguistic groups, reflecting the rich and complex history of India. The history of the Indian people goes back to the Indus Valley Civilization and since then there have been many Indians who have left their lasting legacy in different fields, be it philosophy, science, arts, culture and sports. Great philosophers like Buddha and Mahavira showed people an alternative way of life and gave birth to new religions. Ancient Indian mathematicians Aryabhata, Bhaskara and Brahmagupta invented the concept of zero and the decimal system.  Great Indian writers like Kalidasa, Premchand, Rabindranath Tagore and others vividly portrayed the social life during their era and made the world of literature a lot richer by their contribution.

Mahatma GandhiMahatma Gandhi
02 October 1869
Leader of Indian Independence Movement
Priyanka ChopraPriyanka Chopra
18 July 1982
Actress

Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai
12 July 1972
CEO of Google Inc

Narendra ModiNarendra Modi
17 September 1950
Prime Minister of India

Virat KohliVirat Kohli
05 November 1988
Cricketer

B. R. AmbedkarB. R. Ambedkar
14 April 1891
Indian Jurist
Subhas Chandra BoseSubhas Chandra Bose
23 January 1897
 

ShivajiShivaji
19 February 1630
King

Shah Rukh KhanShah Rukh Khan
02 November 1965
Film actor
Arvind KejriwalArvind Kejriwal
16 August 1968
Anti Corruption Activist, Politician

Deepika PadukoneDeepika Padukone
05 January 1986
Actor
Saif Ali KhanSaif Ali Khan
16 August 1970
Actor

Alia BhattAlia Bhatt
15 March 1993
Actress

Jaggi VasudevJaggi Vasudev
03 September 1957
Yoga Guru

Swami VivekanandaSwami Vivekananda
12 January 1863
Leader

Mother TeresaMother Teresa
26 August 1910
Founder of Missionaries of Charity
Amitabh BachchanAmitabh Bachchan
11 October 1942
Actor

Sunny LeoneSunny Leone
13 May 1981
Actress

Srinivasa RamanujanSrinivasa Ramanujan
22 December 1887
Mathematician

Mahesh BabuMahesh Babu
09 August 1975
Actor
Hrithik RoshanHrithik Roshan
10 January 1974
Actor

Ratan Tata Ratan Tata
28 December 1937
Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Rohit SharmaRohit Sharma
30 April 1987
Cricketer

Jawaharlal NehruJawaharlal Nehru
14 November 1889
First PM of India & Freedom Fighter

Indira GandhiIndira Gandhi
19 November 1917
Former Prime Minister of India
Kareena KapoorKareena Kapoor
21 September 1980
Actress

Sachin TendulkarSachin Tendulkar
24 April 1973
Cricketer
Vinayak Damodar SavarkarVinayak Damodar Savarkar
28 May 1883
Independence Activist, Reformer

Mukesh AmbaniMukesh Ambani
19 April 1957
Indian businessman

Katrina KaifKatrina Kaif
16 July 1983
Actress
Bikram ChoudhuryBikram Choudhury
10 February 1944
Yoga Teacher

Continue Reading Below
Aamir KhanAamir Khan
14 March 1965
Actor
Aishwarya RaiAishwarya Rai
01 November 1973
Actress

M G RamachandranM. G. Ramachandran
17 January 1917
Actor, Politician

Rabindranath TagoreRabindranath Tagore
07 May 1861
Poet and Author

AurangzebAurangzeb
04 November 1618
Mughal Emperor
DharmendraDharmendra
08 December 1935
Actor
Rakul Preet SinghRakul Preet Singh
10 October 1990
Actress, Model

Priyanka GandhiPriyanka Gandhi
12 January 1972
Politician

Samantha AkkineniSamantha Akkineni
28 April 1987
Actress

KajolKajol
05 August 1974
Actress
AkbarAkbar
14 October 1542
Mughal Emperor

Bhagat SinghBhagat Singh
27 September 1907
Revolutionary

Lilly SinghLilly Singh
26 September 1988
YouTuber, Rapper, Actress and Comedian

Feroze GandhiFeroze Gandhi
12 September 1912
Political Leader

Ranbir KapoorRanbir Kapoor
28 September 1982
Actor
Madhuri DixitMadhuri Dixit
15 May 1967
Actress

Shahid KapoorShahid Kapoor
25 February 1981
Actor, Dancer
Anushka SharmaAnushka Sharma
01 May 1988
Actress

Sai Baba of ShirdiSai Baba of Shirdi
28 September 1835
Spiritual Guru

Varun DhawanVarun Dhawan
24 April 1987
Actor
Nathuram GodseNathuram Godse
19 May 1910
Assassin of Mahatma Gandhi

Kishore KumarKishore Kumar
04 August 1929
Indian playback singer
Dilip KumarDilip Kumar
11 December 1922
 

N. R. Narayana MurthyN. R. Narayana Murthy
20 August 1946
Founder of Infosys

AshokaAshoka
0304 BC
Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty

Shah JahanShah Jahan
05 January 1592
Mughal Emperor

Lata MangeshkarLata Mangeshkar
28 September 1929
 
Naga ChaitanyaNaga Chaitanya
23 November 1986
Actor

Ram Nath KovindRam Nath Kovind
01 October 1945
14th President of India

Guru Gobind SinghGuru Gobind Singh
22 December 1666
Warrior

Anand KumarAnand Kumar
01 January 1973
Teacher
Atal Bihari VajpayeeAtal Bihari Vajpayee
25 December 1924
Former Prime Minister of India

AryabhataAryabhata
0476 AD
 
Dawood IbrahimDawood Ibrahim
27 December 1955
Criminal

Rajiv GandhiRajiv Gandhi
20 August 1944
Former Prime Minister of India

Dinesh KarthikDinesh Karthik
01 June 1985
Cricketer
The Great KhaliThe Great Khali
27 August 1972
Professional Wrestler

Sonia GandhiSonia Gandhi
09 December 1946
Former President of Indian National Congress
Savitribai PhuleSavitribai Phule
03 January 1831
Social Reformer, Poet

Nita AmbaniNita Ambani
01 November 1963
Chairperson of Reliance Foundation

Poonam PandeyPoonam Pandey
11 March 1991
Model, Actress
Yami GautamYami Gautam
28 November 1988
Actress

Sidharth MalhotraSidharth Malhotra
16 January 1985
Actor
Baji Rao IBaji Rao I
18 August 1700
Peshwa of Maratha Empire

Manmohan SinghManmohan Singh
26 September 1932
Former Prime Minister of India

Nedumudi VenuNedumudi Venu
22 May 1948
Actor

Radha RaviRadha Ravi
29 July 1952
Actor
Abhijit BanerjeeAbhijit Banerjee
21 February 1961
Economist
Maharana PratapMaharana Pratap
09 May 1540
Ruler of Mewar

Anil AmbaniAnil Ambani
04 June 1959
Chairman of Reliance ADA Group

Lal Bahadur ShastriLal Bahadur Shastri
02 October 1904
Former Prime Minister of India

Chandragupta MauryaChandragupta Maurya
0340 BC
Founder of the Maurya Empire
Phoolan DeviPhoolan Devi
10 August 1963
Politician, Brigand

MadhubalaMadhubala
14 February 1933
Actress

Sarojini NaiduSarojini Naidu
13 February 1879
Poet and Freedom Fighter

Guru NanakGuru Nanak
15 April 1469
Sikh Guru

Sania MirzaSania Mirza
15 November 1986
Indian Tennis Star
Padma LakshmiPadma Lakshmi
01 September 1970
Model

Freida PintoFreida Pinto
18 October 1984
Actress
BodhidharmaBodhidharma
0483 AD
Buddhist Monk

Ravi ShankarRavi Shankar
07 April 1920
Musician, composer
JahangirJahangir
31 August 1569
Mughal Emperor
Prithviraj ChauhanPrithviraj Chauhan
1149 AD
Rajput king of the Chauhan dynasty

In modern times too Indians have been trailblazers in many fields. Mahatama Gandhi gave the novel concept of Ahimsa and led the world on to the path of non violence.  Artists such as Ravi Shankar and Bhimsen Joshi made us aware of rich Indian musical heritage. In the field of sports, people such as Vishwanathan Anand and Sachin Tendulkar reached the pinnacle of their profession and inspired us to achieve similar feats. This section is dedicated to all such Indians who have excelled in their chosen field and have made India proud.