For selflessly guarding our motherland.
For getting India the only individual gold medal in the Olympics.
For his awe inspiring outdoor sculptures.
For winning the 2008 Man Booker Prize for his debut novel 'The White Tiger'.
For dancing her way to the hearts of people all around the globe.
For reviving the magic of santoor and taking it places.
For his mesmerising sculptures made of sand.
For being a World Champion wrestler and winning medals for India at the Olympics and Commonwealth Games.
For bringing good times to the nation including Formula one.
For bringing the glory back to Indian boxing and winning India its first Olympics medal in the sport in Beijing 2008.
As India completes 61 years as a republic, we celebrate the Indians who make us proud.
For giving Bollywood music a global face and taking the country to the Oscar platform.
For putting India on the global map for economics.
For leading Indian social activism for many decades and fighting relentlessly to end corruption in public offices.
For playing exemplary tennis for many decades and representing Indian tennis in the international arena.
For being the thinking man's actor.
For being a global face of beauty and persona.
For creating awareness and protesting against environmental damage and large scale corruption in the construction of dams in Assam.
For becoming the mascot of Indian cinema.
For activating India's Right to Information movement at grassroots.
For winning India's first-ever medal in gymnastics.
For making Yoga fashionable again.
For being the torchbearer of Indian football in the international arena.
For bringing her management and corporate skills to the panchayat as a sarpanch of village Soda in Rajasthan.
For getting Indians back to reading books.
For giving the Indian currency a new vibrant symbol.
For 'Yeshasvini' - the world's cheapest comprehensive health insurance scheme at Rs 5 per month for poor people of Karnataka.
For setting new standards in urban transportation.
For taking Indian science to the moon.
For penning some of the most iconic lyrics, scripts and dialogues.
For epitomising the Indian business women.
For developing text free interfaces to bring the digital world closer to the illiterates.
For coming up and executing the idea of equipping rickshaws with music, magazines, newspapers, first-aid kits, refreshments and advertisements to help rickshaw-pullers.
For breaking and reletlessly following up on the 2G Scam for the Pioneer newspaper.
For being the highest ranked Indian golfer in the world.
For being a revolutionary journalist and a literary icon.
For rising to be a powerful female icon.
For reaching new global literary heights.
For being the youngest Indian to conquer Mount Everest.
For showing how a successful business is run.
For her lilting voice that has been a joy for us Indians for decades.
For bringing passion back to Indian tennis.
For making the Men in Blue world beaters.
For pulling off the one of the most stunning electoral result in India by focusing on development in an underdeveloped state, triggering hope amongst millions.
For being the doyen of Indian classical music.
For being a World Champion in snooker and billiards and making India proud.
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For bringing back Gandhi in our lives.
For being one of the most successful, well-known and respected industrialists in India
For being the best contemporary sitar player in the world.
For making millions revisit all the factes of their childhood.
For making bringing joy to the cricket fan for the last two decades and more.
For bringing bringing back badminton in the limelight.
For going where no Indian female tennis star had gone before.
For being the king of millions of hearts.
For being Indian tennis' young hope and winning the singles gold in the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games.
For spearheading the Citigroup turnaround.
For being India's brains in the world chess arena and bringing home the major titles.
For showing the world that the Australian cricket team in not invincible.
For being a tabla virtuoso, composer, percussionist - all of it.
For his efforts in uniting the Muslim clergy in taking a stand against terror.
For being one of the foremost artists in taking Indian art global.