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Notable Personalities From Delhi

Some of the well known personalities who have made a name for themselves in all walks of life have their home in Delhi. Let us have a look at some of the distinguished personalities in India from all professions such as in politics, literatures, sports, films or arts having their home  either in Delhi or at nearby places.

Rahul Gandhi

One of the eminent personality is Rahul Gandhi, the vice president of the Indian National Congress. He is also known as the chairperson of the Indian Youth Congress as well as the National Student’s Union of India.

He also stood for the elections from Amehti in U.P for the post of Member of Parliament. Born in New Delhi, his parents were the former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi and Sonia Gandhi from Italy, who is at present the President of the Indian National Congress.

Brought up in New Delhi, Rahul Gandhi was at the St. Colombus School of Delhi, prior to going to the Doon School in Dehradun, at Uttarakhand. In the year of 1989, Rahul Gandhi also did his undergraduate course at the St. Stephen’s college, in Delhi prior to shifting to Harvard University.

Mirza Galib

One of the well known classical Urdu and Persian poets of our country, Mirza Asadullah Khan also had the pen name of Ghalib. Ghalib was born to parents of Turkish aristocracy in Agra, India. He lived from the year 1797 to 1869.  He was considered a free spirit.

Ghalib was also left without any male influence at a young age, following the demise of his father and uncle. He then shifted base to Delhi, where he resided in the House in Balli Maaran, which later went on to be the national monument. However, it was not as well maintained as a national monument.

Shah Rukh Khan

Shah Rukh Khan the famous film star is a Muslim with  a Pathan Origin, based in Delhi. He also studied in Jamia Milia Islamia, Delhi and bagged a Masters Degree in Mass Communication.  He is married to a Punjabi girl from Delhi, known as Gauri Khan. His son is called  Aryan Khan, while his daughter’s name is Suhana Khan.

Sheila Dikshit

Sheila Dikshit, the former Chief Minister of Delhi, a member of the Indian National Congress was born in March 31 1938. It was the third successive time that Sheila Dikshit assumed the post of the Chief Minister of Delhi, in January 2009, following her victory at the state elections in November 2008.

Representing the New Delhi Constituency in the Legislative Assembly of Delhi, Sheila Dikshit was the second Woman  to assume the post of Chief Minister of Delhi. Armed with a Master of Arts Degree, Sheila Dikshit got her education at Delhi as well as at Miranda House, University of Delhi.

She attended the University of Delhi and got the Doctor of Philosophy, honoris causa. Her late husband, Vinod Dikshit was an Indian Administrative Service officer and belonged to the family of Shri. Umashankar Dikshit, one of the most prominent independence activists as well as the former Governor and Union Cabinet Minister.

Her two children includes son Sandeep Dikshit as well as daughter Latika Syed. Sandeep had contested elections as the member of parliament of Congress from East Delhi.

Jagdish Tytler

One of the politicians of Congress party and a former MP from Delhi, Jagdish Tytler is an active member of the Congress Youth Organization.  His father, James Douglas Tytler, was a prominent educationist. He also found many schools such as the Delhi Public School as well as the Summer Fields School.

He assumed the post at the Lok Sabha in the year 1980 for the first time. Known as a disciple of Sanjay Gandhi, Jagdish Tytler, also took over as the union minister in the Civil Aviation Department as well as at the Labor department.

In 1991, he went on to become the Union Minister of State for Surface Transport, after the re-election. Then, in 2004 Tytler won the elections again to assume office at Lok Sabha. However, in 2009 he did not get the ticket to contest the Lok Sabha elections.

Chetan Bhagat

A renowned author, columnist and a speaker, Chetan Bhagat was born in New Delhi. Belonging to a middle class family, his father an officer in the Army, was the Lt. Col, while his mother was working in the agricultural department. Bhagat had his education in Delhi, for the most part.

His schooling for the period 1978-1991 was at the Army Public School, at Dhaula Kaun, based at New Delhi, even as he completed his mechanical engineering at the Indian Institute of Technology in the year 1991-1995.

He also went on to graduate in the year 1997 from the Indian Institute of Management,at Ahmedabad. Meanwhile, in the year 2009, he quit as an investment banker to become a writer.

Some of his best sellers include novels such as , Five Point Someone  for 2004, One Night @ the Call Center in the year 2005, The 3 Mistakes of My Life in 2008, 2 States  for 2009, Revolution 2020 in 2011, and What Young India Wants for the year 2012 and so on.

Some of his books, part of bestseller list, also have been remade into hit Bollywood movies such as 3 Idiots, 2 States or Kai Po Che. Hello was also a movie, remade based on his book One Night@ the Call Center. Chetan Bhagat writes columns in English and Hindi newspapers.Topics for his columns include youth, career as well as issues based on national development and so on.

Virat Kohli

A well known Cricketer, Virat Kohli was the middle order batsman of the Indian team. Born in Delhi, he went to the Vishal Bharti School as well as the Xavier convent. The Indian team won the 2008 U/19 Cricket world cup, held in Malaysia, under the captaincy of Kohli.

The franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Indian Premier League found its captain in Kohli. He, as well goes on to play for the Cricket Academy in West Delhi. He played for the first time in the One Day International in the year 2008. He was also in the Indian  team, when they won the world cup in 2011.

Kohli’s first test was in Kingston, where they opposed West Indies in the year 2011. In the year 2011-2012 when the Indian Tour of Australia was a disaster and the senior batsman of India strived hard, Kohli made his first hundred in a test match at Adelaide.

Meanwhile, in 2012, he was given the ICC ODI player of the year award. At the same time, at the Sports Pro, he was rated at the 13th most outstanding athlete in the world.

Virender Sehwag

One of the popular names of Indian Cricket, Virender Sehwag was born on 20 October 1978. Aggressive batsman, he was normally positioned as a right hand opening batsman. He was also a temporary right arm off-spin bowler. He was part of the ODI in 1999, for the first time. Then he went on to join the Indian Test Team in 2001.

Sehwag was honored with the title of Wisden Leading Crickter in the world,in April 2009. This was given in appreciation of his work done in April 2009.

Motilal Nehru

An Indian Lawyer by profession, Motilal Nehru was an activist in the Indian National Movement and an important leader of the Indian National Congress. Born on 6th May 1861, he also went on to become the Congress president two times,  one for the term 1919-1920 as well as in 1928-1929.

Motilal Nehru was the patriarch of the most influential political family, the Nehru-Gandhi. He was born to Gangadhar Nehru, a kotwal in Delhi  and his wife Jeevarani or Jeorani. Several generations of the Nehru family are settled in Delhi. Motilal Nehru died on 6 February 1931.

Hakim Ajmal Khan

An Indian physician, Ajmal Khan also known as Hakim Ajmal Khan was born in 1868 and lived until  1927.  He was well known in the field of South Asian traditional Unani Medicine. Ajmal Khan was also a Muslim nationalist politician and a freedom fighter.

He founded the Tibbia College in Delhi and went on to revive the Unani medicine in the early 20th century in India. He also appreciated the talents of Dr. Salimuzzaman Siddiqui, the chemist that researched the chief medicinal plants, thus aiming to give a new direction.

He was a close associate of Gandhi and he took part in the Satyagraha or the non cooperation movement. He also led the Khilafat Movement and thus went on to become the fifth Muslim president of the Indian National Congress, amidst the 1921 session that was conducted in Ahmedabad, Gujarat.

Hakim Ajmal Khan also founded the Jamia Millia Islamia University and went on to become its chancellor for the first time in 1920. He remained in this position till his death in 1927.

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