Year-ender 2023: Look back at India’s top 10 achievements this year

New Delhi | Updated: 29 December, 2023 3:51 pm IST
India's top 10 achievements of the year.

NEW DELHI: Each year, the catalogue of notable accomplishments by Indians seems to expand, and this time around, it appeared as if there was a news story about an Indian breaking a record almost every week. Earlier in the year, the world was captivated by Chandrayaan-3’s successful moon landing, capturing the attention of audiences worldwide. Prior to that, ‘Naatu Naatu’ secured the Oscar for Best Original Song, accompanied by a live performance featuring singers Rahul Sipligun and Kaala Bhairava, along with a troupe of dancers.

India’s successes have a knack for fostering nationwide celebration, and in 2023, there was much to take pride in. Therefore, as 2023 comes to a close, we rounded up a list of top 10 noteworthy accomplishments of India in the same year, spanning from global recognition to achievements closer to home.


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In 2023, India accomplished a remarkable feat as its Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft became the first in the world to successfully reach the South Pole of the Moon.

Fastest 5G Rollout:

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India achieved the fastest deployment of 5G globally, with the Centre reporting the establishment of one 5G site every minute.

Kartiki Gonsalves Wins Academy Award:

Filmmaker Kartiki Gonsalves and producer Guneet Monga won an Academy Award for their Tamil documentary ‘The Elephant Whisperers.’ Gonsalves became the first Indian film director to receive an Academy Award.

The documentary narrates the tale of an indigenous couple tasked with caring for an orphaned baby elephant, highlighting the coexistence of animals and humans. The film earned the Oscar for Best Documentary Short Film.

Naatu Naatu Won Oscar:

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The Telugu blockbuster ‘RRR’ achieved a historic victory with its song ‘Naatu Naatu’ winning the Best Original Song at the 2023 Oscars. This accomplishment, following ‘Jai Ho’ from ‘Slumdog Millionaire’, marked the first instance in 14 years where a song performed in a language other than English secured this prestigious award.

Created by M.M. Keeravani with lyrics by Chandrabose, the Oscar-winning song became the background for numerous viral videos capturing theatres in California erupting in cheers due to the catchy track.

World’s Largest Meditation Centre

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Varanasi in India is now host to the largest meditation centre globally, Swarved Mahamandir, with a capacity to accommodate 20,000 individuals simultaneously.

World’s Largest Aircraft Deal:

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Air India has made a substantial aircraft order, acquiring 470 planes, with 250 from European manufacturer Airbus and 220 from the American giant Boeing. This transaction stands as the largest single-tranche aircraft purchase in the world, with a total value exceeding $70 billion.

World’s Largest Office Building:

Surat Diamond Bourse inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

In Gujarat’s Surat, the construction of the world’s largest office building, Surat Diamond Bourse, has been successfully completed. According to the Guinness World Record, it spans 659,611 square metres (7,099,993.71 sq ft).

Vir Das-Ekta Kapoor Win At International Emmys 2023:

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Vir Das secured the International Emmy for Best Unique Comedy with his Netflix special “Vir Das: Landing,” sharing the recognition with the third season of the beloved series Derry Girls. Another notable achievement at the 51st International Emmy Awards’ World Television Festival 2023 was presented to producer Ektaa Kapoor, who made history by becoming the first Indian to be honoured with the International Emmy Directorate Award for her significant contributions to the fields of arts and entertainment.

World’s Longest River Cruise

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The ‘MV Ganga Vilas,’ embarking on the lengthiest river cruise globally, completed the longest single river journey by a single river ship. The voyage spanned over 50 days, navigating through 27 river systems in India and Bangladesh.

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy, Chirag Shetty Create History:

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In a significant achievement for Indian badminton, Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty created history by becoming the first Indian pair to secure the coveted No. 1 ranking in all three doubles categories in the latest Badminton World Federation (BWF) rankings. Rising by two spots, their elevation puts them in the esteemed company of only three other Indians who have previously held the No. 1 world ranking.

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