June 21 - Jyoti Basu became the Chief Minister of West Bengal. He served as the Chief Minister of West Bengal from 1977 to 2000, making him the longest-serving Chief Minister of any state of India.
January 14 - Narain Karthikeyan (Kumar Ram Narain Karthikeyan) was born in Madras). He is the first Formula One motor racing driver from India. He has previously competed in A1GP, and the Le Mans Series.
December - Abdul Majid Daryabadi died. He was an Indian Muslim writer and exegete of the Quran. He edited the Urdu weekly Sach and then Sidq.
March 22 - A. K. Gopalan or AKG (Ayillyath Kuttiari Gopalan) died at the age of 72 in Trivandrum Medical College, Kerala. He was a communist leader and first leader of opposition in India.
November 14 - Abhay Charanaravinda Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada passed away at the age of 81 at Vrindavan. He was a Gaudiya Vaishnava teacher and the founder-acharya of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKON).