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First in India – Defence First Defence Minister of India Baldev Singh Chokkar First Commander-in-Chief of Free India Kodandera Madappa Cariappa First Commander-in-Chief, Indian Air Force Subroto Mukherjee First Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw First Param Vir Chakra Winner Major Somnath Sharma First female Jawan in the Army Shanti Tigga First Indian woman to fly fighter aircraft without co-pilot IAF Officer Avani Chaturvedi First cosmonaut Sqn Ldr Rakesh Sharma First woman in the Indian Army awarded the coveted ‘Sword of Honour’ prize Divya Ajith Kumar


First in India – Sports First Olympics Team Medal Gold in Field Hockey (1928, Summer Olympics) First Indian woman wrestler to win an Asian gold medal Navjot Kaur First Indian woman badminton player to win an Asian Games medal Saina Nehwal First Indian woman to win a medal at Asian Games Santhi Soundarajan First person to win the international bronze medal in skiing Aanchal Thakur First Woman to Win an Olympic Silver Medal P. V. Sindhu in Badminton First female to represent India at the Summer Olympics Nora Polley, 1924 Summer Olympics First Individual Gold Medal won by Abhinav Bindra, 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing First Woman to Win a Medal in Wrestling Sakshi Malik won Bronze in the 2016 Summer Olympics


First in India – Architecture First temple constructed from a single rock Kailasa temple at Ellora First church in India St. Thomas Church, Palayoor First mosque in India Cheraman Juma Mosque in Methala First dam in India Kallanai Dam First Indian temple with many interconnected structures Brihadeeswarar Temple, Tamil Nadu


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