September 7 - Vilasrao Deshmukh's second term as Chief Minister of Maharashtra begins.
December 26 - A 9.3 magnitude earthquake created a tsunami causing devastation in India, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia, the Maldives and other countries killing over 230,000 people. About 18,000 people died in India.
December - J. V. Somayajulu (Jonnalagadda Venkata Somayajulu) died at the age of 76 in Hyderabad. He was a Telugu theatre and film actor. He is remembered for his role as Sankar Sastry in the Telugu film Shankarabharanam.
January 9 - Nissim Ezekiel died at the age of 79. He was a poet, playwright, editor and art-critic. He received Sahitya Akademi Award.
February 26 - Shankarrao Bhavrao Chavan died at the age of 83. He was Chief Minister of Maharashtra for two terms. He also served as Finance Minister of India and Home Minister of India.
April 7 - Guru Kelucharan Mohapatra was died at the age of 78 in Bhubaneshwar, Orissa. He was a guru and proponent of Odissi dance who is credited for its revival. He has received many awards including Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Padma Shri, Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Fellowship, Padma Vibhushan, and Kalidas Samman.
May 1 - Ram Prakash Gupta died in Delhi. He was the Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh and governor of Madhya Pradesh. He was a leader of Bharatiya Janata Party.
May 5 - Jaggaiah (Kongara Jaggaiah) died at the age of 77 in Chennai. He was a noted Telugu film and theater actor. He received Padma Bhushan from Government of India.
May 16 - Kamala Markandaya (Kamala Purnaiya Taylor) died. She was a novelist and journalist. She published several short stories in newspapers.
May 19 - E. K. Nayanar (Erambala Krishnan Nayanar) died at the age of 85. He was the Chief Minister of Kerala for three times. He is the longest serving Chief Minister of Kerala. He was a member of the Politburo of CPI(M).
July 30 - Allu Rama Lingaiah died in Hyderabad. He was a Telugu film actor famous for his role as comedian. He has acted in more than 1000 films.
September 24 - Raja Ramanna was born. He was a prominent nuclear scientist and physicist. He had a major role in the development of Indian nuclear programme in its early stages.
September 28 - Mulk Raj Anand died at the age of in Pune. He was a writer in English, notable for his depiction of the lives of the poorer castes in traditional Indian society. He was honoured with Sahitya Akademi Award and Padma Bhushan.
September 29 - Nalappat Balamani Amma died at the age of 95 after having suffered from Alzheimer's disease for nearly five years. She was a poetess who wrote in Malayalam and was known as the Poetess of Motherhood. She received Padma Bhushan, Sahitya Akademi Award, Saraswati Samman, Asan Prize, and Ezhuthachchan Award.
October 11 - Gulshan Rai died at the age of 80 in Mumbai. He was a producer and distributor of Bollywood films. He produced super hit films like Deewar (1975) and Trishul (1978).
December 11 - M. S. Subbulakshmi (Madurai Shanmukhavadivu Subbulakshmi died at the age of 88 in Chennai. She is classical and semi-classical singer. She received Padma Bhushan, Sangeet Natak Akademi Award, Ramon Magsaysay award, Padma Vibhushan and Bharat Ratna.
December 18 - Vijay Hazare (Vijay Samuel Hazare) was born. He was the captain of the Indian cricket team in 14 matches between 1951 and 1953. India won its first ever Test cricket win against England under his captaincy.
December 21 - Autar Singh Paintal M.D., Ph.D. was died in aged 79. He was a medical scientist who has made pioneering discoveries in the area of neurosciences and respiratory sciences. He received Padma Vibhushan Award from Government of India.
December 23 - Former Prime Minister Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao(PV Narasimha Rao) was died at the age of 83 in New Delhi. He was a lawyer, politician, and activist. He was the ninth Prime Minister of India. He also held the positions of Minister of Defence, Minister of External Affairs, Minister of Home Affairs, and Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh.