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First Miss World

Reita Faria in 1966

First Miss Universe

Sushmita Sen in 1994

First Booker Prize

Arundhati Roy for The God of Small Things in 1997

First Bharat Ratna

Dr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan, C. Rajagopalachari, and Dr. C.V. Raman in 1954

First Foreigner to receive Bharat Ratna

Khan Abdul Ghaffar

First Person to receive Stalin Prize

Saifuddin Kitchlew

First Chevalier

Sivaji Ganesan

First Person to receive Jnanpith Award

Shri Sankara Kurup

First Dadasaheb Phalke Award

Devika Rani in 1969

First Ashoka Chakra Award to a civilian (posthumous)

D.K. Jatar, captain of the sabotaged plane Kashmir Princess, for "most conspicuous bravery, daring and self-sacrifice."

First Magsaysay Award

Vinoba Bhave

First Winner of a major literary award in the United States

Dhan Gopal Mukerji

First Ford Supermodel of the World(contest)

Bipasha Basu, 1996

First Indian recipient of 'Oscar Award'

Bhanu Athaiya


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