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Chaudhari Devi Lal (1914-2001) was
an politician, freedom fighter, Chief Minister of the state
of Haryana and Deputy Prime Minister of India. He was born
in a Jat Hindu family on 25 September 1914 in Teja Khera
village of Sirsa district in Haryana, India. His mother's
name was Shugna Devi and father's name was Lekh Ram. His son
Om Prakash Chautala is also a former Chief Minister of the
state of Haryana . While in power, Chaudhari Devi Lal is
credited for having taken several decisions in the interest
of the farming community and the rural people, among whom he
is popularly known as 'Tau'. He died on April 6, 2001 at the
age of 86. He was cremated at “Kisan Ghat” on the
banks of the river Yamuna.
Chaudhary Bansi Lal (August 26, 1927 – March 28, 2006) was an freedom fighter, senior Congress leader, former Chief Minister of Haryana and considered by many to be the architect of modern Haryana. He was born in Golagarh village in Bhiwani district of Haryana. He served three separate terms as Chief Minister of Haryana: 1968-75, 1985-87, and 1996-99. Bansi Lal was considered a close confidante of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi and her son Sanjay Gandhi during the Emergency era in 1975. He served as the Defence Minister from December 1975 to March 1977, and had a brief stint as a Minister Without Portfolio in the Union government in 1975. He also held the Railways and Transport portfolios. Lal was elected to the State Assembly seven times, the first time in 1967. He set up Haryana Vikas Party after parting ways with the Indian National Congress in 1996. Bansi Lal died in New Delhi on 28 March 2006. He had been unwell for quite some time.
Sh. Om Prakash Jindal was born on 7th August 1930 in the village Nalwa in the district Hisar in the state of Haryana. The son of a farmer, he started his industrial career with a small bucket-manufacturing unit in Hisar. In 1964, he started a Pipe Unit, Jindal India Limited, followed by a large factory in 1969 under the name Jindal Strips Limited. He died on 31st March 2005 in a helicopter crash. At present, there are twenty factories operatng under the flagship of the Jindal Organization. O.P. Jindal was the Chairman of the Jindal Organization. In November 2004, Jindal was awarded the prestigious "Life Time Achievement Award" for his outstanding contribution to the Indian Steel Industry by the Bengal Chamber of Commerce & Industry. According to the latest Forbes' List, he was ranked 13th amongst the richest Indians and placed 548th amongst the richest persons of the world. Jindal was appointed Minister of Power in the Government of Haryana. He won the Hisar Legislative Assembly seat of Haryana three times consecutively. He was also a Member of the Committee on Food, Civil Supplies and Public Distribution from 1996 to 1997. O. P. Jindal was elected to the Haryana Vidhan Sabha (the Haryana state government) in February 2005, and was the Minister of Power in the Government of Haryana at the time of his death. He was the Chairman of the N.C. Jindal Charitable Trust; Patron and Trustee of Agroha Vikas Trust and Agroha Medical College. His 4 sons, Prithviraj Jindal, Sajjan Jindal, Ratan Jindal and Naveen Jindal now run the steel and power empire. His widow Savitri Jindal is Minister of State for Revenue, Disaster Management, Rehabilitation and Housing in Haryana state government, while his son Naveen is a member of the Parliament of India.
Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 –
February 1, 2003), was an Indian-American scientist and a
NASA astronaut. She was one of seven crewmembers killed in
the Space Shuttle Columbia disaster.Chawla was born in a
Punjabi family in Karnal, Haryana, India. She was born in
Model Town Karnal. Kalpana in Sanskrit means "imagination".
Her interest in flying was inspired by J. R. D. Tata, a
pioneering Indian pilot and industrialist.. There are a
total of four children in the Chawla household including
Kalpana. They are (eldest first) Sunita Chawla, girl, Deepa
Chawla, girl, Sanjay Chawla, boy, and Kalpana herself. Being
the youngest, the family members gave her the nickname “Montu”.
She and her brother Sanjay shared the dream to fly. She met
and married Jean-Pierre Harrison, a flying instructor and
aviation writer, in 1983 and became a naturalized United
States citizen in 1990.
Chawla's last visit to India was during
the 1991–1992 new year holiday when she and her husband
spent time with her family.