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Events in the year 1979 in the Republic of India.

Incumbents

President of India Ceremonial head of state of India

The President of India is the ceremonial head of state of India and the commander-in-chief of the Indian Armed Forces.

Neelam Sanjiva Reddy sixth President of India

Neelam Sanjiva Reddypronunciation  was the sixth President of India, serving from 1977 to 1982. Beginning a long political career with the Indian National Congress Party in the Indian independence movement, he went on to hold several key offices in independent India—as the first Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh, a two-time Speaker of the Lok Sabha and a Union Minister—before becoming the youngest-ever Indian president.

Prime Minister of India head of the Indian government

The Prime Minister of India is the leader of the executive of the Government of India. The prime minister is also the chief adviser to the President of India and head of the Council of Ministers. They can be a member of any of the two houses of the Parliament of India—the Lok Sabha and the Rajya Sabha —but has to be a member of the political party or coalition, having a majority in the Lok Sabha.

Events

The Mandal Commission, or the Socially and Educationally Backward Classes Commission (SEBC), was established in India on 1 January 1979 by the Janata Party government under Prime Minister Morarji Desai with a mandate to "identify the socially or educationally backward classes" of India. It was headed by the late B.P. Mandal an Indian parliamentarian, to consider the question of reservations for people to redress caste discrimination, and used eleven social, economic, and educational indicators to determine backwardness. In 1980, based on its rationale that OBCs identified on the basis of caste, economic and social indicators comprised 52% of India's population, the Commission's report recommended that members of Other Backward Classes (OBC) be granted reservations to 27% of jobs under the Central government and public sector undertakings, thus making the total number of reservations for SC, ST and OBC to 49%.

Jyoti Basu Indian politician

Jyotirindra Basu ; known as Jyoti Basu was an Indian Marxist ideologue, theorist and statesman belonging to the Communist Party of India (Marxist) from West Bengal, India. He served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal state from 1977 to 2000. Basu was a member of the CPI(M) Politburo from the time of the party's founding in 1964 until 2008. From 2008 until his death in 2010 he remained a permanent invitee to the central committee of the party.

Communist Party of India (Marxist) political party

The Communist Party of India (Marxist) is a communist party in India. The party emerged from a split from the Communist Party of India in 1964. The CPI(M) was formed at the Seventh Congress of the Communist Party of India held in Calcutta from 31 October to 7 November 1964. As of 2018, CPI(M) is leading the state government in Kerala and having elected members in 8 state legislative assemblies including Kerala, West Bengal, Tripura, Himachal Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Jammu & Kashmir, and Rajasthan. It also leads the West Bengal Left Front. As of 2016, CPI(M) claimed to have 1,048,678 members. The highest body of the party is the Politburo.

Births

January to June

Bipasha Basu film actress, model

Bipasha Basu, also known by her married name Bipasha Basu Singh Grover, is an Indian film actress and model. Primarily known for her work in Hindi films, she has also appeared in Tamil, Telugu, Bengali and English language films. Basu is the recipient of numerous accolades, including one Filmfare Award, among six nominations. Particularly known for her work in the thriller and horror film genres, she is frequently cited in the media as a sex symbol.

Srikanth (Tamil actor) 2012 film by Ramkumar Kapila

Srikanth is an Indian film actor known for his works predominantly in Tamil cinema. He debuted in the romance film Roja Kootam (2002) and went on to star in more such films including April Maadhathil (2002), Manasellam (2003), Parthiban Kanavu (2003), before attempting action roles in Joot (2003), Bose (2004) and Drohi (2010). In the following years, his films failed to achieve commercial success, which led him to venture into the Telugu and Malayalam film industries. He is credited as Sriram in Telugu films. He also did small role in K.Balachanders tele serial in Jannal.

Emraan Hashmi Indian film actor

Syed Emraan Anwar Hashmi is an Indian film actor who appears in Hindi films. Through his career, Hashmi has received three Filmfare Award nominations.

July to December

Yuvan Shankar Raja Indian musician

Yuvan Shankar Raja is an Indian Tamil film composer, music editor, film score and soundtrack composer. He has predominantly scored music for Tamil films. Being the youngest son of the popular Indian film composer Maestro Ilaiyaraaja, he began his musical career in 1996, at age 16, when he composed the film score for Aravindhan. After an initial struggle, he made his big break with the Thulluvadho Ilamai soundtrack (2001), and evolved as one of Tamil cinema's most sought-after composers by the mid-2000s. Yuvan's talent has been often compared with that of Oscar winner A.R.Rahman. He is the only Indian composer to win the Cyprus International Film Festival Award in 2006 for the critically acclaimed soundtrack of the movie Raam. His notable works and loyal fanbase earned him the honorific nickname Youth Icon.

Aamir Ali Indian television actor and model

Aamir Ali Malik is an Indian television actor and model.

Tulip Joshi Indian actress

Tulip Joshi is an Indian actress who has appeared in Hindi, Kannada, Malayalam and Telugu films.

Deaths

Dhyan Chand Indian field hockey player

Dhyan Chand was an Indian hockey player and one of the greatest hockey players in the history of the sport. He was known for his extraordinary goal-scoring feats, in addition to earning three Olympic gold medals, in 1928, 1932 and 1936, during an era where India dominated field hockey. His influence extended beyond these victories, as India won the field hockey event in seven out of eight Olympics from 1928 to 1964. It is believed that after India defeated Germany in the 1936 Olympics final 8–1, Adolf Hitler offered him a senior post in the German Army, to which Chand refused.

Sapru (actor) Indian actor

D. K. Sapru, commonly known as Sapru, was an Indian film actor who worked as a character actor in Hindi cinema, noted for films such as Sahib Bibi Aur Ghulam (1962), Heer Raanjha (1970) and Pakeezah (1975). Also, some of his other famous movies are Kala Pani, Dooj Ka Chand, Tere Mere Sapne, Humjoli, Taj Mahal, Jewel Thief and a brief role in Deewar. Born in Kashmir, he rose to prominence as a villain in the thrillers of the 1960s and 1970s, but by and large he performed a variety of character roles in the Indian cinema. He died in 1979 at the age of 62/63

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Hazari Prasad Dwivedi Hindi novelist, literary historian, essayist, critic and scholar from India

Hazari Prasad Dwivedi was a Hindi novelist, literary historian, essayist, critic and scholar. He penned numerous novels, collections of essays, historical research on medieval religious movements of India especially Kabir and Natha Sampradaya, and historical outlines of Hindi literature.

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