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10 Famous Personalities of Chandigarh Who Made The City Proud!

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Famous Personalities of Chandigarh: Chandigarh is known not only for its cleanliness and greenery but also for giving countless talents to India who has set an example for others in their respective fields. Apart from actors and celebrities, these famous names come to mind whenever you think of Chandigarh!.

We all know Chandigarh isn’t a part of Punjab or Haryana state but still, that city has given many Popular Personalities but here we are talking about Famous Personalities of Chandigarh Who Made The City Proud!. If you are from Chandigarh then this article will feel proud.

Famous Personalities of Chandigarh

1. Harnaaz Sandhu

Harnaaz Sandhu Miss Universe

Every Indian is familiar with the name Harnaaz Sandhu, after all, she created history after winning the ‘Miss Universe 2021’ title. What makes it even more special is the fact that India won this title 21 years later, before this it was Lara Dutta and Sushmita Sen in 2000 and 1994 respectively. Also Read: Who Is Harnaaz Sandhu?

To tell you a little more, Sandhu has done her schooling from Chandigarh itself. Now, she is all set to make her debut on the silver screen with films like ‘Pau Baaran’ and ‘Bai Ji Kuttange’.

2. Kapil Dev

Haryana Toofan aka Kapil Paji aka Kapil Dev, full name Kapil Dev Ramlal Nikhanj is very famous. In addition to giving India their first Cricket World Cup title in 1983, he still holds the title of being the youngest captain to win a World Cup!

He retired in 1994, the world record for most wickets in Test cricket at the time, broken by Courtney Walsh in 2000. At the time, he was also India’s leading wicket-taker in both major forms. Cricket, Tests, and ODIs.

He is the only player in the history of cricket to have taken more than 400 wickets (434 wickets) and scored over 5000 runs in Tests, making him the greatest all-rounder in the history of cricket. On 11 March 2010, Dev was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Now we can move on to his achievements but you understand briefly, isn’t right?

3. Milkha Singh

Milkha Singh, also known as ‘The Flying Sikh’, is a four-time Asian Games gold medalist and 1958 Commonwealth Games champion, but his biggest performance was finishing fourth in the 400m final at the 1960 Rome Olympics. Came on

Milkha Singh also represented India in the 1956 and 1964 Olympics and was awarded the Padma Shri in 1959. He broke many records during his active years. The Indian regional runner’s childhood was not easy as he was an orphan and lost most of his family members during the partition of India and Pakistan.

Sadly, we lost him in 2021 to a coronavirus. Singh died at the age of 91 after a month-long battle with Covid-19.

4. Abhinav Bindra

Another Green City athlete, Abhinav Bindra is an Indian Olympic gold medalist, retired sports shooter, and businessman. He is the first and only Indian to win an individual Olympic gold medal. Also, he is the first Indian to win both the World and Olympic titles simultaneously for the Men’s 10m Air Rifle event!

Bindra, 39, completed her schooling at St. Stephen’s School, Chandigarh. Abhinav was the youngest participant in the 1998 Commonwealth Games and the 2000 Olympic Games. In the year 2000, he was awarded the Arjuna Award and in 2001, he was awarded the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna. Bindra had won six medals in various international matches in 2001.

With over 150 medals in his 22-year career, he is also a recipient of the Padma Bhushan from the Government of India. Bindra’s early access to Indian sports is through the Abhinav Bindra Foundation, a non-profit organization that works to integrate sports, science, and technology into Indian sports and promote high-performance physical training. Also read – Professor Movie Announces by Kartar Cheema

5. Ramanjot Kaur

Ramanjot Kaur, a 25-year-old student of Panjab University, a world record holder in mountaineering, recently caught the attention of the media when she did yoga on top of a mountain. She achieved something amazing when she climbed Mount Elbers, Europe’s highest peak.

There, she allegedly performed Suraj Namaskar, a yoga pose introduced as a salutation to the Sun, in extreme cases. Kaur climbed Kilimanjaro in South Africa in 17 hours in 2020.

She worked as a crew member with 4 members on the team to become a certified unique world record holder by achieving the fastest expedition to Mount Kilimanjaro.

Ramanjot, a unique mountaineer, became interested in this activity when she was selected in an experimental activities competition organized by Chandigarh Tourism.

Ramanjot Kaur first tried to climb Kangchenjunga peak. After successfully completing it, he decided to become a professional mountaineer.

6. Manmohan Singh    

An Indian economist, academic, and politician, Manmohan Singh was the first Sikh Prime minister of India. Serving as the 13th Prime Minister of India, Singh was also the first prime minister since Jawaharlal Nehru to be re-elected after completing a full five-year term.

Even though Singh wasn’t born in Chandigarh, his academic journey began there as he did his B. A (Honours) in Economics, 1952 and M.A (First Class) in Economics, 1954 from Panjab University, Chandigarh.

His list of lifetime achievements is so long that we can’t fit it in this article!

7. Neerja Bhanot (Late)

Many people don’t know about the story of Neerja Bhanot because of the film and book written by her brother Anish Bhanot. Bhanot was born in Chandigarh and attended Sacred Heart Senior Secondary School before moving to Bombay.

After her death, she became the youngest recipient of the Ashoka Chakra Award, India’s most peacetime bravery, for her bravery during Pan Am Flight 73, which was hijacked by terrorists. She also received many other accolades from the governments of Pakistan and the United States. His bravery is still exemplified today!. Also, read – Narinder Singh Kapany, The Man Who Bent Light: Father of Fibre Optics.

8. Jaspal Bhatti (Late)

Even before Diljit Dosanjh, Jaspal Bhatti was the first Sikh to enter Hindi cinema and represent the Punjabis. The king of satire, Jaspal Bhatti is remembered not only for his work as an actor but also as a producer, director, and television host. His low-budget ‘flop show’ TV series created a legacy in the early 1990s.

He graduated from PEC (Punjab Engineering College), Chandigarh as an Electrical Engineer. Also his wife Savita Bhatti was elected as Aam Aadmi Party candidate from Chandigarh in the 2014 elections, but he refused!

Bhatti was also awarded the Padma Bhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award in 2013 (one year after his death).

9. Nek Chand (Late)

Nek Chand
source – wikipedia.com

One name on this list that many people will be unaware of is Nek Chand. An Indian self-taught artist known for his architecture and sculpture, his most prominent work involves changing rubbish and debris in the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, a collection of thousands of sculptures in a forest outside the city.

Born in 1924, Chand moved to Chandigarh in 1955 when his family was forced to leave a border village in Pakistan due to partition in 1947. When Chand entered the city, it was being built by the Swiss / French architect Le Corbusier. And in 1951 he got a job as a road inspector in the PWD.

His Rock Garden is one of the most famous sites in India. In 1984, Chand was awarded the Padma Shri. He died in 2015 at the age of 90.

10. Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal 

Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal
Source – forbesindia.com

IITians Sachin and Binny Bansal (not related) created the e-commerce website ‘Flipkart’ in 2007. Previously, both worked on Amazon. In 2015, they were both ranked 86th on the Forbes India Rich List.

The two left Flipkart in 2018 after Walmart acquired it for 16 billion. He is not only a famous personality of the city but also a source of inspiration for all Chandigarh residents.

Conclusion

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