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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.

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Mahatma Gandhi
(Indian Freedom Fighter who Employed Non-violent Resistance & Known as 'Father of the Nation')
Mahatma Gandhi
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: October 2, 1869
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Porbandar, India
Died: January 30, 1948

An Indian lawyer and anti-colonial nationalist, Mahatma Gandhi was a major figure in India’s fight for independence from British rule. He is renowned for his employment of non-violent resistance and civil disobedience methods. Despite his popularity, he had numerous detractors as well and was assassinated in 1948. He is widely considered the Father of the Nation in India.

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Virat Kohli
(Cricketer)
Virat Kohli
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Counted amongst world’s best batsmen, Virat Kohli is the former captain of Indian national cricket team. Under his captaincy, Indian cricket rose to great heights and he is the most successful Indian Test captain till date. He shot to fame when he led India’s Under-19 team to victory at the 2008 Under-19 World Cup. Since then, Virat Kohli has proved his talent in all forms of the game.

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A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
(Aerospace Scientist & 11th President of India)
A.P.J. Abdul Kalam
108
Listed In: Engineers
Birthdate: October 15, 1931
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rameswaram, Tamil Nadu, India
Died: July 27, 2015
A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, India’s 11th president, had earlier been an aerospace scientist at DRDO and ISRO. Known as the “People’s President” and the “Missile Man of India,” he was instrumental in India's Pokhran-II nuclear tests. He died of a cardiac arrest while delivering a lecture at IIM Shillong.
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Sundar Pichai
(CEO of Google Inc)
Sundar Pichai
114
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: June 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. An alumnus of IIT, Stanford and Wharton, Pichai has come a long way, from innovating Google’s products such as Chrome, Google Drive and Google Apps to leading the software giant and being one of the most sought-after names in the tech industry.

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Mother Teresa
(Roman Catholic Nun, Founder and Active Member of the ‘Missionaries of Charity’)
Mother Teresa
160
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: August 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skopje, North Macedonia
Died: September 5, 1997

An Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and a missionary, Mother Teresa was the founder of Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation. She was both an admired and controversial figure and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. While she was admired by many for her charitable work, she also earned criticism for her stance against abortion and contraception.

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B. R. Ambedkar
(One of the Architects of the Indian Constitution)
B. R. Ambedkar
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Birthdate: April 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: December 6, 1956

India's first Minister of Law and Justice, B. R. Ambedkar inspired the Dalit Buddhist movement. He also fought against social discrimination prevalent in India at that time. Widely regarded as the chief architect of the Constitution of India, Ambedkar was posthumously honored with India's highest civilian award - The Bharat Ratna.

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Priyanka Chopra
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 18, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Jamshedpur, Jharkhand, India

The Winner of Miss World 2000; a successful actress in Hindi films; the owner of production house that promotes regional Indian cinema and the first Indian actor to play the lead character in an American television show – Priyanka Chopra’s list of achievements is long. The popular star is also a singer, a tech investor and the UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador.

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Shah Rukh Khan
(Film actor)
Shah Rukh Khan
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Birthdate: November 2, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: New Delhi, India

Referred to as King of Bollywood and King Khan in the media, Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan is considered one of the most successful film stars of the Hindi film indusrty. Beginning his career as a TV actor, he struggled for many years before making it big as a Hindi film star. 

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M. S. Dhoni
(Cricketer)
M. S. Dhoni
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 7, 1981
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India

Former Indian international cricketer M. S. Dhoni captained the Indian national team from 2007 to 2016. He played as a right-handed middle-order batsman and wicket-keeper. With more than 10,000 runs scored, he is one of the highest run-scorers in One Day Internationals (ODIs). He also became the first wicket-keeper to effect 100 stumpings in ODI cricket.

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Gautama Buddha
(Founder of Buddhism)
Gautama Buddha
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Birthdate: 0563 BC
Birthplace: Lumbini Province, Nepal
Died: 0483 BC

Gautama Buddha is said to have lived in the 5th to 4th century BC and is revered as the founder of Buddhism. He is said to have spread his teachings for around 45 years based on his insights regarding suffering, nirvana and cycle of birth and rebirth. He had a large following. He obtained ‘enlightenment’ in India’s Bodh Gaya.

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Srinivasa Ramanujan
(Mathematician)
Srinivasa Ramanujan
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: December 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Erode
Died: April 26, 1920

A self-taught genius Indian mathematician, Srinivasa Ramanujan is known for his contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory and continued fractions. Born into a humble family, the celebrated mathematician struggled with poverty but still managed to publish first of his papers in the Journal of the Indian Mathematical Society. Later, his collaboration with English mathematician G. H. Hardy proved very productive.

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Narendra Modi
(Prime Minister of India (Since 2014))
Narendra Modi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 17, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Vadnagar, Gujarat, India

The 14th PM of India, Narendra Modi, created history when he became the first prime minister outside of the Congress party to win two consecutive terms with a full majority; he achieved this feat in 2019. From Bharatiya Janata Party worker to India’s PM, Modi’s journey is remarkable. However, he’s been plagued by controversies too, including the handling of 2002 Gujarat riots.

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Sachin Tendulkar
(Cricketer)
Sachin Tendulkar
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Often referred to as the God of Cricket in India, Sachin Tendulkar is a retired cricketer. Also known for his humility on and off the field, Sachin is one of the most revered, celebrated, and decorated cricketers. Considered one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Sachin Tendulkar played a key role in turning India into a cricket-frenzy nation.

Rabindranath Tagore
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Birthdate: May 7, 1861
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: August 7, 1941

Rabindranath Tagore was an Indian polymath who contributed greatly to the fields of literature, art, and philosophy. Referred to as the Bard of Bengal, Tagore is credited with reshaping Bengali literature and music. The first non-European to receive the Nobel Prize in Literature, Tagore is also credited with composing the national anthems of India and Bangladesh.

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Bhagat Singh
(Revolutionary Hero of the Indian Independence Movement)
Bhagat Singh
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 28, 1907
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Banga, Punjab, British India
Died: March 23, 1931

Bhagat Singh is one of the most revered freedom fighters of Indian Independence movement. His execution by the British rulers at a young age of 23 inspired many young people to join the freedom struggle. His life’s mission was to free India from colonial rule and his legacy as a symbol of bravery and patriotism continues to live on.

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Mukesh Ambani
(Indian businessman)
Mukesh Ambani
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: April 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen

The richest person in Asia, Mukesh Ambani is an Indian billionaire business magnate. He is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL). The son legendary Dhirubhai Ambani, he started his career by helping his father build their family business. As of today, he is the only Indian businessman on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people.

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Indira Gandhi
(3rd Prime Minister of India)
Indira Gandhi
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 19, 1917
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Died: October 31, 1984

The third Prime Minister of India, Indira Gandhi served as PM from 1966 till 1977 and then again from 1980 till her assassination in October 1984. She is considered one of India’s strongest PM and is hailed for leading India to victory over Pakistan in 1971, which resulted in the creation of Bangladesh. However, she is also categorised as authoritarian and is criticised for imposing Emergency in 1975.

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Rajinikanth
(Indian Actor Who Works Predominantly in Tamil Cinema)
Rajinikanth
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Birthdate: December 12, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bengaluru, Karnataka, India

Born Shivaji Rao Gaekwad, Rajinikanth had humble beginnings and had even worked as a coolie and a bus conductor in his younger days. Starting his career with minor plays, he had phenomenal success in Tamil movies and grew up to be one of India’s greatest superstars, earning the nickname Thalaiva.

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Subhas Chandra Bose
(President of the Indian National Congress (1938-39))
Subhas Chandra Bose
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 23, 1897
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cuttack, India
Died: August 18, 1945

An Indian nationalist known for his role in the country’s struggle for freedom from the British, Subhas Chandra Bose was a politician with radical views. He was part of the Indian National Congress in the late 1920s and 1930s. However, his association with Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan made him a controversial figure.

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Swami Vivekananda
(Hindu Monk)
Swami Vivekananda
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Birthdate: January 12, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kolkata, West Bengal, India
Died: July 4, 1902

The founder of the Ramakrishna Mission and Ramakrishna Math, Swami Vivekananda was an Indian Hindu monk, philosopher, and spiritual leader. He is credited with introducing the Indian philosophies of Yoga and Vedanta to the Western world. He is also credited with elevating the status of Hinduism as a major religion in the modern world by raising interfaith awareness.

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Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
(1st Chhatrapati of the Maratha Empire (1674-80))
Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj
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Birthdate: February 19, 1630
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Maharashtra, India
Died: April 3, 1680

Shivaji was an Indian warrior-king. He is credited with founding the Maratha Empire, which became a force to reckon with during the 18th century. He is also credited with creating his own navy. Considered one of the most important Indian kings and a hero of the Hindus, Shivaji's life and work have inspired several works of art, including films.

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Amitabh Bachchan
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Birthdate: October 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
The megastar of Indian film industry, Amitabh Bachchan’s body of work is awe inspiring. From Zanjeer to Sholay and from Black to Paa, he has delivered performances that have become iconic. He is the host of KBC, the Indian version of Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? and has also lent his baritone voice to some super hit songs.
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Ratan Tata
(Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons)
Ratan Tata
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Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat

Ratan Tata is a well-known Indian industrialist and the former charman of Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Sons. His reign as chairman was marked by acquisitions of iconic global brands, such as Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus by the Tata Group. Ratan Tata was instrumental in turning Tata Group from a largely India-centrist group into a global business.

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Hrithik Roshan
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Birthdate: January 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Mumbai

Hrithik Roshan is one of the most popular and highest-paid Indian actors. Also known for his dancing skills, Hrithik has established himself as a style icon and sex symbol over the years. One of the most bankable Indian stars, he started his career with romantic films, eventually finding success as an action hero. 

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Ashoka
(Indian emperor of the Maurya Dynasty)
Ashoka
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Birthdate: 0304 BC
Birthplace: Pataliputra
Died: 0232 BC
Ashoka the Great of the Maurya Dynasty was the grandson of Chandragupta Maurya and ruled the Indian subcontinent from c. 268 to 232 BCE. Following the death and destruction caused by the Kalinga War, which was part of his expansion plan, he converted to Buddhism and propagated the faith.
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Akbar
(3rd Emperor of the Mughal Empire (1556 - 1605))
Akbar
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Birthdate: October 25, 1542
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Umarkot, Pakistan
Died: October 27, 1605

Akbar, the third Mughal emperor, played an important role in inculcating Persian culture into the Indian subcontinent. Akbar is considered one of the most important rulers of the Mughal Empire, an empire that seeped foreign ideas and culture into medieval India, the effects of which are still visible in modern-day India, especially in the northern parts of the country.

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P. V. Sindhu
(The First and Only Indian to Become the Badminton World Champion)
P. V. Sindhu
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 5, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

P. V. Sindhu is an Indian badminton player. In 2016, she won the Olympic silver medal in Rio de Janeiro, becoming the first Indian woman to receive an Olympic silver. Sindhu became a national icon following her performance in the 2016 Olympics. In January 2020, she was honored with the Padma Bhushan, India's third-highest civilian award.

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Rohit Sharma
(Cricketer)
Rohit Sharma
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 30, 1987
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nagpur

Indian right-handed batsman Rohit Sharma is also the vice-captain in the limited-overs format. One of the few cricketers to score a century in all three formats, he is also the first player with two ODI double centuries. He is WWF-India’a Rhino Ambassador and works for PETA’s campaigns for street animals.

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Rani Lakshmibai
(Queen of Jhansi State)
Rani Lakshmibai
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Birthdate: November 19, 1828
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Varanasi, India
Died: June 18, 1858

Remembered for her heroics against the British, the Indian Joan of Arc Rani Lakshmibai remains an icon of the 1857 Indian Rebellion. The wife of Maharaja Gangadhar Rao, she is known for leading the fight against the British after her husband’s death. She also inspired the legendary lines Khoob Ladi Mardani.

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Irrfan Khan
(One of the Finest Actors in Indian Cinema)
Irrfan Khan
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Birthdate: January 7, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Tonk, Rajasthan, India
Died: April 29, 2020
Padma Shri- and National Award-winning actor and NSD graduate Irrfan Khan initially worked as an air conditioner repairman in Mumbai before he got a breakthrough in Salaam Bombay! He also impressed international audiences with movies such as The Namesake. He died of a colon infection at 53, leaving behind countless mourning fans.
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Deepika Padukone
(One of the Highest-Paid Actresses in India)
Deepika Padukone
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Birthdate: January 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

Deepika Padukone is one of the highest-paid Indian actresses. She is also known for her off-screen work, which involves supporting charitable organizations. She founded The Live Love Laugh Foundation, which aims at creating awareness on mental health. In 2018, she was named in Time magazine's list of 100 most influential people in the world.

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A. R. Rahman
(One of the Most Famous Indian Film Composers)
A. R. Rahman
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: January 6, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India

A. R. Rahman is an Indian film composer, singer, songwriter, and record producer. Rahman is one of the most decorated and celebrated musicians in Indian history. He was won several prestigious awards including two Grammy Awards, two Academy Awards, a Golden Globe Award, and a BAFTA Award. In 2009, he was named among the 100 most influential people in Time.

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Atal Bihari Vajpayee
(Former Prime Minister of India)
Atal Bihari Vajpayee
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Gwalior
Died: August 16, 2018

Atal Bihari Vajpayee served as the 10th Prime Minister of India and was the first prime minister who did not belong to the Indian National Congress. The BJP politician had been a journalist and an RSS member. He was a noted poet, too. During his tenure as prime minister, he carried out Pokhran II nuclear tests in 1998 and declared India as a country with nuclear weapons capability.

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Aamir Khan
(Actor)
Aamir Khan
58
Birthdate: March 14, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

Considered one of India’s most influential and best actors of all time, Aamir Khan is known for his interesting choice of films, which are well-crafted, entertaining and commercially successful. They mostly have a social message and are appreciated both by critics and the people. Sarfarosh, Lagaan, Rang De Basanti, 3 Idiots, PK and Dangal are some of his acclaimed films.

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Akshay Kumar
(One of the Biggest and Most Popular Actors in Bollywood Known for His Versatility)
Akshay Kumar
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Birthdate: September 9, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Amritsar, Punjab, India

Akshay Kumar is one of the most popular and successful actors of Hindi cinema. He has been honored with several prestigious awards, such as Filmfare Awards, a National Film Award, and Padma Shri. Dubbed Indian Jackie Chan, Akshay Kumar is renowned for performing dangerous stunts in films.

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Madhuri Dixit
(One of the Most Popular Leading Actresses of Hindi Cinema)
Madhuri Dixit
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Birthdate: May 15, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Padma Shri-winning actor Madhuri Dixit ruled Bollywood in the 1990s, with her performances in films such as Dil, Beta, and Hum Aapke Hain Koun..! The multiple-Filmfare-winning actor is a talented Kathak dancer. She owns a production company and an online dance school, and has also worked with UNICEF.
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Satya Nadella
(Chairman & CEO of 'Microsoft')
Satya Nadella
19
Listed In: Business People
Birthdate: August 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hyderabad, Andhra Pradesh, India

Satya Nadella is an Indian-American business executive, currently serving as the chief executive officer of Microsoft. Since he became CEO, the company has seen a 27% annual growth rate. Born in India to a Telugu-speaking family, Nadella serves as an inspiration to millions of Indians who nurse 'The American Dream'.

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Ranbir Kapoor
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Birthdate: September 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bombay, Maharashtra, India
Son of Bollywood actors Rishi Kapoor and Neetu Singh, Ranbir Kapoor is best known for his roles in Rockstar, Barfi!, Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani, and Sanju. Named to Forbes’s Celebrity 100, he has also won six Filmfare Awards. He owns a football team and works for empowerment of women, too.
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Aishwarya Rai
(Actress and the Winner of the Miss World 1994 Pageant.)
Aishwarya Rai
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mangaluru, Karnataka, India

Indian actress Aishwarya Rai is one of the most popular and influential celebrities in the country. She began her career as a model and was crowned the Miss World 1994. She started acting soon after and became one of India’s top actresses. Besides acting, she is a Goodwill Ambassador for the Joint United Nations Programme on AIDS (UNAIDS).

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Sai Baba of Shirdi
(Spiritual Guru)
Sai Baba of Shirdi
13
Birthplace: India
Died: October 15, 1918

Sai Baba of Shirdi was an important and influential Indian spiritual master. Identified both as a Muslim fakir and a Hindu saint, Sai Baba's teachings are still relevant among Muslim and Hindu communities around the world. While Shri Sai remains a common name for establishments in India, his temples are also located in Europe, the Americas, Africa, Australia, and Asia.

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Rekha
(Actor, Politician)
Rekha
25
Birthdate: October 10, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chennai, Tamil Nadu, India
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Sridevi
(Indian Actress Cited as the 'First Female Superstar' of Indian Cinema)
Sridevi
19
Birthdate: August 13, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sivakasi, Madras State, India
Died: February 24, 2018

Sridevi was an Indian film actress who appeared in Tamil, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, and Malayalam language films. Considered one of the most popular actresses of all time, Sridevi was dubbed the First Female Superstar in India. With several prestigious awards under her belt, she was also regarded as one of the finest actresses of her generation.

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Anushka Sharma
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: May 1, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ayodhya, Uttar Pradesh, India

Indian actress and producer, Anushka Sharma is one of the most popular and highest-paid actresses in the country. She was featured by Forbes Asia in their 30 Under 30 list of 2018 and is the recipient of numerous awards. Beginning her career as a model, she soon ventured into acting and made a name for herself within a short while.

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Kareena Kapoor
(Indian Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhie Gham’, ‘3 Idiots’ and ‘Jab We Met’)
Kareena Kapoor
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Birthdate: September 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

One of the most popular and also amongst the highest paid Bollywood actresses, Kareena Kapoor is best known for her roles in movies like Chameli, Omkara, 3 Idiots and Jab We Met. Born into a film family, the beautiful, accomplished and award winning actress always aspired to enter the film industry and eventually made her debut at the age of 19 with the movie Refugee.

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Chandragupta Maurya
(Founder of the Maurya Empire)
Chandragupta Maurya
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Birthplace: Pataliputra

Chandragupta Maurya established the Maurya Empire in India. He was mostly advised by philosopher Chanakya. He conquered the Nanda Empire and fought the Seleucid-Mauryan War, too. His reign was marked by religious tolerance, and cultural and economic prosperity. He later relinquished his throne and became a Jain monk.

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Alauddin Khilji
(13th Sultan of Delhi (1926-1316))
Alauddin Khilji
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Birthdate: 1261 AD
Birthplace: Qalāt-e Ġilzay, Afghanistan
Died: December 31, 1316
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Jawaharlal Nehru
(First PM of India & Freedom Fighter)
Jawaharlal Nehru
76
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 14, 1889
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Allahabad
Died: May 27, 1964

Jawaharlal Nehru was one of the central figures of the Indian independence movement along with personalities like Mahatma Gandhi. He became the first prime minister of India and left behind such a legacy that his direct descendants continue to play an important role in Indian politics.

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Sania Mirza
(Indian Professional Tennis Player and a Former Doubles World No. 1)
Sania Mirza
75
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India

An impressive doubles tennis player, Sania Mirza has six Grand Slam titles under her belt. A former doubles world No. 1, Sania Mirza is one of the greatest Indian female  tennis players ever. In 2005, Sania Mirza was named in Time magazine's 50 Heroes of Asia list. In 2016, she was named in the magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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Aryabhata
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Listed In: Scientists
Birthdate: 0476 AD
Birthplace: Assaka
Died: 0550 AD
Indian mathematician and astronomer Aryabhata pioneered the concept of “zero” and used it in his “place value system.” He had also worked on the approximation of pi and laid down the basic concepts of trigonometry, such as sine and cosine. He also mentioned that the Earth rotates on its axis.
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Kajol
(Actress)
Kajol
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Birthdate: August 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mumbai
Padma Shri-winning Indian actor Kajol, daughter of yesteryear actor Tanuja, holds the record for the most Filmfare Award wins as the “Best Actress,” along with Nutan, her aunt. She is known for teaming up with Shah Rukh Khan in hit Hindi films such as Baazigar and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai.

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.