First Among Indian Women
  • First and youngest roller skater.
            Sheetal Pandya (7 years old).

  • First Asian woman to sail around the world
            Ujwala Patil, 1988.

  • First athlete to be awarded Arjuna Award (woman)     
      Stephie D’Souza

  • First deputy chairperson of the Rajya Sabha     
      Violet Aiwa

  • First ever woman musician to be awarded the Padma
      M.S. Subbhulakshmi Vibhushan

  • First highest individual score in women’s Test cricket
      Mithali Raj

  • First Indian elected the Chairman of the World Health Organization (WHO)
      Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur

  • First Indian girl to win the British chess championship
      Tania Sachdev of Delhi at age of 8 years old.

  • First Indian musician to win the Ramon Magsaysay Award for Public Service
      M.S. Subbhulakshmi.

  • First Indian to leap past 6.50 metres (long jump)
      Aitfu George

  • First Indian woman check pilot on an airbus A 300
      Captain Nivedita Bhasin

  • First Indian woman commander of a jet aircraft
      Capt Miss Saudamini    Deshmukh of Indian Airlines.
  • First Indian woman merchant banker    
      Naina Lai Kidwai, vice chairman of J.M. Morgan Stanley.
  • First Indian woman pilot of Boeing 707 plane   
      Saudamini Deshmukh

  • First Indian woman pleader         
      Regina Guha

  • First Indian woman to be appointed as assistant director of the World Health Organization
      Poonam Khetrapal Singh in general July 1998.         
  • First Indian woman to become Miss World      
      Rita Faria

  • First Indian woman to enter the final of an Olympic athletic event
      P.T. Usha, Los Angeles, 1984.

  • First Indian woman to qualify Olympic semi final (in athletics)
      Shiny Abraham

  • First Indian woman to scale Mt. Everest           
      Bachendri Pal of UP on May    24,1984.

  • First Indian woman scoring a Test double century         
      Mithali Raj

  • First Indian woman to win a match at a Grand Slam      
      Nirupama Vaidyanathan

  • First Indian woman to win Miss Universe title
      Sushmita Sen

  • First Indian/Asian woman to swim the English Channel
      Miss Arati Saha (now Mrs. Arati Gupta), 1959.

  • First lady pilot to join Air India 
      Miss Harpreet A hluwalia

  • First lady to receive the Dada Saheb Phalke award      
      Devika Rani

  • First practicing lady doctor of India                  
      Dr. Rakhmabai

  • First recipient of Arjuna Award in women’s cricket
      Shanta Rangaswami

  • First recipient of best actress award     
      Meena Kumari

  • First scientifically documented test tube baby
   Harsha (born at the King Edward Memorial Hospital, Bombay on August 6, 1986, this project headed    by Dr Indira Hinduja launched by the Institute for Research in Reproduction (IRR), through in vitro fertilization.

·        First woman advocate of India
     Cornelia Sorabji of Allahabad High Court Bar in 1923.

·        First woman airline pilot in the world   
     Prem Mathur of India.

·        First woman ambassador to former Soviet Union
     Vijayalakshmi Pandit from 1947 49.

·        First woman ambassador to the U.N.  
     Vijayalaxmi Pandit in 1953-54.

·        First woman athlete representing India in the Olympics
      Mary D’Souza in 1952 at Helsinki

·        First woman cabinet minister of India
     Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur

·        First woman Chief Election Commissioner of India
     V.P. Rama Devi

·        First woman Chief Justice of a High Court       
     Justice Leila Seth of Himachal Pradesh, August, 1991.

·        First woman Chief Minister of a State  
     Mrs. Sucheta Kripalani of Uttar Pradesh from 1963 to 1967.

·        First woman Chief Secretary to a State Government
     Mrs. Trivedi to Assam government

·        First woman cricket umpire                 
     Anjali Rajgopal

·        First woman cricketer holding the record for the maximum number of Test wickets
     Diana Eduljee, (119 wickets)

·        First woman cricketer to receive Arjuna Award
     Shanta Rangaswami

·        First woman Dalit Chief Minister of India         
     Ms.Mayawati of Uttar Pradesh.

·        First woman elected as the Deputy Chairman of Rajya Sabha.
      Mrs.Violet Aiwa. 1962-66 and 1966 & 69.

·        First woman foreign Consul General in India
     Mrs. Ernestine S Heck, US Consul General in Chennai.

·        First woman Governor of a State                    
     Mrs. Sarojini Naidu

·        First woman group team joins in the Air Force
     Saunith Shergill (21) and Siveka Khurana (23) from Chandigarh.

·        First woman hockey player to receive Arjuna Award
     Ann Lumsden, 1961.

·        First woman IAS Officer         
     Anna Rajam George, 1950.

·        First woman IPS Officer         
     Kiran Bedi, 1972

·        First Women Director General of Police of a State
     Kanchan Chaudhury Bhattacharya (DGP of Uttaranchal ) troliover in june, 2004

·        First woman jockey of India                
     Ayesha Captain

·        First woman Joint Director of the Central Bureau of Investigation
     Archana Ramasundram

·        First woman judge of the Supreme Court
             Fatima Beevi

·        First woman mayor of a city    
   Tara Cherian of Madras, 1957.

·        First woman member broker of the Bombay Stock      
     Meera Patel, 1986. Exchange

·        First woman minister of India  
     Mrs. Vijayalakshmi Pandit

·        First woman novelist to win the Murthi Devi award      
     Dr. Prathibha Roy (for Oriya)

·        First woman officer in the Central Industrial Security Force (CISF
     Ms.Alka Nanda Das,) as an Assistant Commandant in 1990-91.

·        First woman Para jumper of the Indian Air Force        
     Geeta Chanda

·        First woman Postmaster General         
     Mrs. Sushila Chourasia of Madhya Pradesh

·        First woman President of the Indian National Congress
     Mrs. Annie Besant, 1917

·        First woman President of the United Nations General Assembly
     Mrs. Vijayalaxmi Pandit

·        First woman Prime Minister of India    
     Indira Gandhi, 1966.

·        First woman railway driver of India     
     Ms. Surekha Yadao.

·        First woman ruler of India       
     Raziya Sultana of Delhi.

·        First woman speaker of a State Assembly
     Mrs. Shanno Devi

·        First woman squash player awarded Arjuna Award     
     Bhuvaneshwari Kumari, 1982.

·        First woman to be appointed as Air Vice Marshall in the Indian Air Force
     Padma Bandyopadhyaya

·        First woman to become the Chairman of the University Grants Commission
     Madhuri Shah

·        First woman to become Vice Chancellor         
     Hansaben Mehta of the Maharaja Sayaji Rao University, Baroda 1949.

·        First woman to climb Mt. Everest twice           
     Ms. Santosh Yadav, in May 92 and May 93
·        First woman to fly a fighter aircraft                  
     R. Swarnalatha

·        First woman to fly the national flag (tri color) abroad
     Bhikaji Rustom Cama in Paris, 1907

·        First woman to get Shaurya Chakra    
     Manisha Varma, on April 14, 1990.

·        First woman to reach Antarctica                      
     Mehar Moos in 1977.

·        First woman to swim fastest the English Channel
     Anita Sood, 8 hours 15 minutes (Asian record).

·        First woman to win the All India Rifle shooting competition
     Miss Geeta Sundaram, 1975.

·        First woman to win the Jnanpith Award
     Ashapurna Devi

·        First woman to win the national billiards championship 
     Usha Rao on August 9, 1989.

·        First youngest woman in the world to climb Mt. Everest
     Ms. Dicky Dolma at the age of 19 years old.

·        First woman to swim across seven seas and five Conti- nents
     Bula Chaudhary

·      First woman deputy Governor of the Reserve Bank of India
      K. J. Udeshi

·        The first Indian woman officer to be deployed on board a foreign Navy Ship
     Surgeon Commander Divya Gautam,    part of a 10-member Indian Navy medical team            
     serving abroad US Navy hospitalship Mercy.

·        The first Indian woman player to win a four-star badminton tournament

      Saina Nehwal defeated Julia Xian.Pei Wong of Malaysia in the women’s singles final of the      
      Philippines Open Badminton Tournament of Pasig City; Manila on May, 28,2006.

·        First woman President of the Republic of India
      Mrs. Pratibha Patil

·        First woman Speaker of the Lok Sabha
     Smt Meira Kumar

First Person 

  • First British Governor General of the new Dominion of India
: Lord Mountbatten
  • First and the Last Indian Governor – General of Free India
: C. Rajagopalachari
  • Last Governor-General of India who also became the first Viceroyof India
: Lord Canning
  • Last Viceroy of India
: Lord Mountbatten
  • First British Governor-General in India
: Warren Hastings
  • First Commander-in-Chief  of free India
: General Cariappa
  • Tenth and the last Guru of the Sikhs
: Guru Gobind Singh
  • First Chinese pilgrim to visit India
: Fa-Hein
  • First European to visit China
: Marco Polo
  • First European invader on Indian soil
: Alexander the Great
  • First U.S.A. President to visit India
: D. Eisenhover
  • First Russian Prime Minister to visit India
: V.I.Bulganin
  • First British Prime Minister to visit India
: Harold Macmillan
  • First President of the USA
: George Washington
  • First President of the Chinese Republic
: Sun Yat-Sen (1912)
  • First Prime Minister of Great Britain
: Robert Walpole
  • First Women Prime Minister (twice) (Sri Lanka) of a Country in the World
: Mrs. S. Bandaranaike
  • First India’s Spaceman
: Sqn. Ldr. Rakesh Sharma
  • First Indian to scale Mount Everest
: Phu Dorjee
  • First President of Indian Republic
: Dr. Rajendra Prasad
  • First Woman Prime Minister of India
: Mrs. Indira Gandhi
  • First Indian to win Nobel Prize
: Dr. Rabindranath Tagore
  • First President of Indian National Congress
: W.C.Bonerjee

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