1991 in India
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Timeline of Indian history
Events in the year 1991 in the Republic of India.
- President of India – R. Venkataraman
- Prime Minister of India – Chandra Shekhar Singh until 21 June, P. V. Narasimha Rao
- Chief Justice of India –
- 6 January – The All India Federation of Anganwadi Workers and Helpers is founded in Udaipur.
- 21 May – Assassination of Rajiv Gandhi: Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi is assassinated by a LTTE Suicide Bomber in Sriperumbudur near Chennai in Tamil Nadu during the election campaign.
- 31 May – The Government of India constitutes the Company Law Board as an independent quasi-judicial body thus giving up direct control on matters of company law.
- 15 June – When the general election results are all compiled, the Congress Party has won a plurality of votes.
- 21 June – Indian National Congress leader P.V. Narasimha Rao becomes Prime Minister.
- 24 June – J. Jayalalithaa is sworn in as chief minister of Tamil Nadu for the first time.
- 24 July – The government of India announces its New Industrial Policy, marking the start of India's economic reforms.
- 11 October – Sikh Separatists bomb Hindu Procession in Lucknow, killing 41 people.
- 20 October – The 6.8 Mw Uttarkashi earthquake shook northern India with a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent), killing 768–2,000 and injuring 1,383–1,800.
- 11 December – Rapid Action Force established by Union Home Ministry.
- 15 May – Kalindi Charan Panigrahi, poet, novelist, story writer, dramatist and essayist (born 1901).
- 21 May – Rajiv Gandhi, Prime Minister (1984-1989), Bharat Ratna (1991) (born 1944).
- 24 October – Ismat Chughtai, writer (born 1915).