January 1 - British India officially adopts the Indian Standard Time.
September 11 - Mahatma Gandhi coined the term Satyagraha to characterize the Non-Violence movement in South Africa.
December 30 - The All India Muslim League was founded in Dacca, East Bengal, British India.
October 10 - R. K. Narayan (Rasipuram Krishnaswami Iyer Narayanaswami) was born in Madras. He was a author of the famous series of books about people and their interactions in an imagined town in India called Malgudi. He received Padma Vibhushan, Sahitya Akademi Award, AC Benson Medal, and Padma Bhushan.
December 23 - Edasseri Govindan Nair was born. She was a prominent Malayalam poet. His works include 19 books and over 300 poems in 10 anthologies, 6 books of plays and a collection of essays.
December 21 - Acharya Rajendrasuri died at the age of 80. He was one of the major Svetambara Jain reformer of the 18th and 19th centuries. He wrote many books on Jainism, the most famous being the Abhidhanarajaindrakosa, which is the only available encyclopedia of Prakrit, Sanskrit, and Pali words used in Jain works.