17 March in Indian and World History
17 March in Indian and World History is celebrated, observed, and remembered for various reasons. 17 March is the birth anniversary of Joseph Baptista, Saina Nehwal, and Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
17 March is also observed as the death anniversary of Dattu Phadkar.
17 March in Indian history is celebrated as the birth anniversary of the following personalities:
Joseph Baptista (17 March 1864 – 18 September 1930), a politician and activist. He worked with Lokmanya Bal Gangadhar Tilak and the Home Rule Movement. He was the first president of the Indian home rule league. He was elected as the Mayor of Bombay in 1925. He was given the title Kaka that means “uncle”. He was born on 17 March 1864 in Bombay, India.
Saina Nehwal, an Indian professional badminton singles player. She is credited with enhancing popularity of badminton in India. In 2016, she was honoured with Padma Bhushan– India’s third-highest civilian award. She was also honoured with Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna and the Arjuna Award.
Sheikh Mujibur Rahman (17 March 1920 – 15 August 1975), a Bangladeshi politician. He is called “Father of Nation” in Bangladesh. He served as the first President of Bangladesh and later as the Prime Minister of Bangladesh from 17 April 1971 until his assassination on 15 August 1975. Amid rising political agitation, Mujib initiated a one-party socialist rule in January 1975. Six months later, he and most of his family were assassinated by renegade army officers during a coup. A martial law government was subsequently established. In a 2004 BBC poll, Mujib was voted the Greatest Bengali of all time.
My heartfelt homage to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, a champion of human rights and freedom, on his birth anniversary. He is a hero for all Indians too. It will be my honour to visit Bangladesh later this month for the historic #MujibBorsho celebrations.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) March 17, 2021
Ramchandra Narayan Dandekar (17 March 1909 – 11 December 2001), an Indologist and Vedic scholar. He was honoured with Padmabhushan, India’s third-highest civilian award in 1962. He is also awarded with Sahitya Akademi Fellowship in 2000. He was born on 17 March 1909.
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17 March in Indian history is observed as the death anniversary of the following personalities:
Dattu Phadkar (12 December 1925 – 17 March 1985), an all-rounder who represented India in Test cricket. He died due to a brain illness on 17 March 1985 at an age of 59.
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Notable events on 17 March in Indian and World history
17 March 1527 – Battle of Khandwa war was fought. This was the second most important war in the attempt by invading the Mughals to establish the Mughal Dynasty in India. The war happened between Rana Sanga of Mewar and the armies of Babar. In the world, Babar ended up defeating Rana Sanga and consolidated the Mughal empire in India.
17 March 1959 – Tibetan spiritual leader Tenzin Gyatso, better known as His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, escaped from Tibet to India.