On this International Lefthanders Day, here’s a list of left-handed Indians who have achieved eminence in their fields and been honored by our nation’s government, in alphabetical order.
01. Amitabh Bachchan
Big B hardly needs an introduction. The legendary Indian actor has been in the industry for more than 50 years, has acted in almost 200 movies, and won countless accolades, including 4 National Film Awards, 15 Filmfare Awards, and several International film awards. He has been involved in several social causes, most notably as the goodwill ambassador of UNICEF. He spearheaded India’s polio eradication campaign in 2002. In 2015 he was awarded India’s second highest Civilian Award, the Padma Vibhushan.
02. Asha Bhosle
The Queen of Indipop has reigned over India’s music industry for almost 6 decades. With over 12,000 songs under her belt, she is a Guinness Record holder as the most recorded artist in music history. She is not bound by any one genre: her work includes film music, pop, ghazals, bhajans, folk songs, and qawwalis, sung in over 20 different languages. The Government of India honoured her with the Padma Vibhushan in 2008.
Mittal is the owner of the world’s largest steelmaking company. He was once considered to be the richest person in Asia. Mittal has contributed greatly to the development of sports in India. He donated $9 million USD to support Indian athletes. In 2008, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan for his humanitarian efforts.
04. Mahatma Gandhi
The father of our nation and the leader of India’s independence movement was named Time Person of the Year in 1930. He used his ideologies of non-violence, satyagraha and swaraj to lead India into independence from the British. His movement inspired several other leaders such as Nelson Mandela, Martin Luther King, Aung San Suu Kyi, Dalai Lama, and even Barack Obama. His birthday and death day are national holidays in India, his face is printed on all denominations of the Indian Rupee, he has several roads named after him, and has countless books written about him.
05. Mother Teresa
Mother Teresa was a Roman Catholic nun of Indian origin, who is known for her charitable work with people. She dedicated her entire life to helping those without money, those who were sick, and those without parents. Her selfless dedication and propagation of peace and love earned her the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
06. Mary Kom
The fearless Indian Olympic boxer is a pioneer in her field. She has not only broken numerous records in women’s boxing, but also broken stereotypes about women, and more specifically, Indian women. In 2013 she was awarded the Padma Bhushan, and in 2016 she was nominated to be a member of the Rajya Sabha.
07. Narendra Modi
The current Prime Minister of India is left-handed too! Considered to be one of the greatest orators of all time, Modi was in the Time’s Most Influential People of the Year for 3 straight years and ranked fifth on Forbes list of best world leaders in 2015.
The legendary Tamil actor and politician is one of the most famous Indian celebrities. Rajinikanth has won six Tamil Nadu State Film Awards, four Best Actor Awards and two Special Awards for Best Actor — and a Filmfare Best Tamil Actor Award. He is also a philanthropist, spiritualist, and soon to be politician. He plans to contest elections in all constituencies of Tamil Nadu in the 2021 assembly elections. In 2016, he was awarded the Padma Vibhushan.
09. Ratan Tata
One of India’s most respected Industrialists ever, Ratan Tata has made great contributions in technology and infrastructure development. A firm believer of giving wealth back to the people, Tata has donated 65% of his profits to charitable causes. He has been presented with several honors, not just by the Indian government, but also by the governments of Italy, France, Japan, and United Kingdom. He has been awarded the Padma Vibhushan, is an honorary Knight of the Order of the British Empire, and a commander in the French Legion of Honor.
10. Sachin Tendulkar
Often considered to be one of the greatest batsmen of all time, Tendulkar completely revolutionised the game of cricket. He is also a member of the Rajya Sabha and has also undertaken a lot of philanthropic work. In 2014, he was awarded the Bharat Ratna, India’s highest civilian award.