Major South Asian Events of 1975
- Indira Gandhi declares "State of Emergency".
- The first Indian satellite, Aryabhatta, goes into Earth's orbit.
- Sikkim accedes to India after a referendum.
- President Mujibur Rahman of Bangladesh is killed during a coup.
- Meenakshi Kurpad is awarded the title "Miss India", in the Femina Miss India Pagent.
- The Hindustani vocalist, and one of the last of the noble tawaifs, Begum Akhtar is awarded Padma Bhushan
- Karen Lunel becomes the first "Liril Girl", thus kicking of one of India's most successful advertising campaigns.
- Carnatic vocalist M.S. Subbulakshmi is awarded the Padma Vibhushan, India's second highest civilian honour
- Sarod player Amjad Ali Khan is awarded Padma Shree
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