Important events from Indian history that happened on 14 January – Birthdays, Death anniversaries and other events which affected India’s future
14 January – Birthdays
- Vikram Pandit – Pandit is an Indian born banker who rose through the ranks and became the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of one of the largest banks, Citibank. Vikram Pandit was born in Nagpur, Maharashtra in 1957 and did his schooling in India before joining the prestigious Columbia University at the age of 16.
- Seema Biswas – Seema Biswas is a film and theater actress who rose to prominence with her leading role in the controversial movie “The Bandit Queen”. Seema portrayed the role of Phoolan Devi and earned a National Award in 1996 for the same. She was born in Nalbari, Assam in the year 1965.
- Narain Karthikeyan – Narain is a racing car driver who till date remains the first and only F1 (Formula One) driver representing India. He made his F1 debut with Team Jordan. He was awarded Padma Shri by the government of India in 2010 for his contributions in the field of sports. Narain was born in Coimbatore, Tamilnadu in 1977.
- Mahashweta Devi – Mahashweta Devi is a renowned Bengali fiction writer and a social activist. She has dedicated her life in the upliftment and empowerment of tribal people of states like West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand etc. She has been decorated with all major literary and civilian awards like Jnanpith, Ramon Magsaysay, Padma Shri and Padma Vibhushan.
14 January – Death anniversaries
- Jaishankar Prasad – Jaishankar Prasad was considered a pillar of romanticism in Hindi Literature alongwith other accomplished writers like Mahadevi Verma, Sumitra Nandan Pant and Suryakant Tripathi “Nirala”. He gave birth to a new literary trend “Chhayavad” which was a fusion of spiritualism with romanticism. Prasad died in 1937 at an age of 47 in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh.
14 January – Events
- Festivals like Makar Sankranti, Magh Bihu and Pongal are celebrated to mark the transition of Sun to Tropic of Capricorn on this very day. It also marks the beginning of the Uttarayana period.