First in Awards and Titles

First Miss WorldReita Faria in 1966
First Miss UniverseSusmita Sen in 1994
First Booker PrizeArundhati Roy for The God of Small Things in 1997
First Bharat RatnaDr. Sarvepalli Radhakrishan, C. Rajagopalachari, and Dr. C.V. Raman in 1954
First Foreigner to receive Bharat RatnaKhan Abdul Ghaffar
First Person to receive Stalin PrizeSaifuddin Kitchlu
First ChevalierSivaji Ganesan
First Person to receive Jnapith AwardShri Shankar Kurup
First Dadasaheb Phalke AwardDevika 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 AwardVinoba Bhave
First Winner of a major literary award in the United StatesDhan Gopal Mukerji
First Ford Supermodel of the World(contest)Bipasha Basu, 1996
First Indian recipient of 'Oscar Award'Bhanu Athaiya 

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