List of distinguished Khatris

List of distinguished Khatris

Following is a list of distinguished members of the Khatri community in India.


Historical Administrators

* All Sikh Gurus
* Raja FATEH CHAND "MAINI", One of the ruler in Bihar during GURU GOBIND SINGH times.
* Raja Todar Mal, One of Akbar's Navratna, Responsible for Agri Tax Reforms
* Sangam Rai Kapoor, founder of the house of Maharajas of Burdwan Royals
* Diwan Sawan Mal (Chopra), governor of Multan in the Sikh Kingdom of the Punjab
* Diwan Mulraj, son of Sawan Mal, governor of Multan and leader of the Lahore Durbar army during the Second Anglo-Sikh War

Prime Ministers of India

*Gulzarilal Nanda, former Prime Minister of India
*Inder Kumar Gujral former Prime Minister of India
*Manmohan Singh (Kohli), current Prime minister of India


*Romila Thapar, Indian historian whose principal area of study is Ancient India.
* [ Prof RC Malhotra former Director IIT] , Indian Institutes of Technology


*Anish Kapoor, Indo-British sculptor
*Satish Gujral, artist and muralist who trained under Diego Rivera
*Manish Malhotra; Fashion Designer
*Ritu Beri, Fashion designer


*Brijmohan Lall Munjal, founder of the Hero Honda Group is an Arora (Khatri)
*Mohan Singh Oberoi, hotelier, founder of the Oberoi chain of hotels
* [ Satish Chandra Malhotra: Industrialist; Chairman Empire Industries]
*The Sahgal family is a leading Punjabi Shaikh business family of Punjab, Pakistan.
*Aftab Ahmed Vohra, leading Pakistani business figure and Chief Executive of Vohra Group
*Karam Chand Thapar ( 1900 to 1963) was the founder of the Thapar group of companies
*Sant Singh Chatwal, Owner of Hampshire chain of Hotels in US,UK and other countries

Indian Independence Movement

* Lakshmi Sahgal (Lekshmi is a Keralite (Iyer) woman married to a Sahgal)
* Purushottam Das Tandon, freedom fighter
* Sukhdev Thapar, freedom fighter, revolutionary comrade of Bhagat Singh
* Master Tara Singh (Malhotra)Fact|date=May 2007, freedom fighter and leader of the movement for creation of Punjabi Subah


* Lala Jagat Narain, defender of freedom of expression
* Aroon Purie
* Khushwant Singh, author and commentator
* Karan Thapar
* Kuldip Nayyar
* Najam Sethi, editor of the Friday Times, Lahore, Pakistan
* Satinder Bindra
* Vinod Dua
* Vinod Mehta

Chief Justice of India

* Hans Raj Khanna, former Chief Justice of India
* Y.K. Sabharwal, former Chief Justice of India
*Dr. Justice A.S. Anand, former Chief Justice of IndiaJudiciary

* [ Justice Ashok Kumar Malhotra, Supreme Court of India]
* [ Justice H.R.Malhotra; Justice Delhi High Court]

Members of Parliament (India)

* Vijay Kumar Malhotra MP, Deputy leader BJP
* Jagmohan Malhotra, former Cabinet Minister for Tourism and Culture, Governor Of Kashmir, Lt. Governor of Delhi
* Vinod Khanna, MP, Gurdaspur Punjab


* Birbal Sahni, renowned botanist
* Satish Dhawan


* K.L. Saigal, Movie actor, director,music composer and singer
* Balraj Sahni, Author and Bollywood actor
* The father-son duo of Prithviraj Kapoor and Raj Kapoor actors, directors, and producers of Indian movies
* Rajendra Kumar, Actor
* Rajesh Khanna, Bollywood actor
* Dev Anand, Bollywood actor
* Gurinder Chadha, Kenyan-British movie director ("Bend it like Beckham", "Bhaaji on the Beach")
* Raj Khosla, renowned movie director
* Roshan Seth, Indo-British actor ("My Beautiful Laundrette" etc.)
* Shekhar Kapur, Oscar Nominated movie director ("Bandit Queen", "Elizabeth")
* Yash Chopra,Hindi movie director and produce
*Akshay Kumar,real name rajiv bhatia.Actor
* Rakesh Roshan, Actor, Producer & Director
* Hrithik Roshan, Film Actor
* Anil Kapoor,Indian Actor and Producer
* Jeetendra, aka Ravi Kapoor, Indian film Actor
* Priyanka Chopra,Film Actor and Beauty Queen
* Ekta Kapoor ,Television producer
* Shahid Kapoor ,Film Actor
* Kareena Kapoor, Film Actor
* Karisma Kapoor, Film Actor
* Tusshar Kapoor, Film Actor
* Amrish Puri, Actor
* Om Puri, Actor
* Shakti Kapoor, Actor
* Kabir Bedi, Actor
* Gulshan Grover, Actor
* Subhash Ghai, Producer and Director
* Vivek Oberoi son of Suresh Oberoi,Both Actors
* Akshaye Khanna and Rahul Khanna both sons of Vinod Khanna, all actors
* Mira Nair, Producer/director/writer
* Vinod Mehra, Actor
* Raveena Tandon, Actor
* Prem Chopra,Actor
* Sanjay Suri, Actor
* Ranbir Kapoor,Actor,son of Rishi Kapoor
* Twinkle Khanna & Rinkie Khanna,actresses,daughters of Rajesh Khanna
* Randhir Kapoor,Rishi Kapoor & Rajeev Kapoor,actor director producer sons of legendary Raj Kapoor


* [ Bhai Desraj]
*Shaheed Bhai Haqiqat Rai
*Ratan Khatri


* Mahendra Kapoor, singer

* Kundan Lal Saigal (Sahgal/Sehgal), singer and actor in early North Indian (Hindi and Bengali) talkies.
*Madan Mohan,(kohli),music director.
*O.P.Nayyar,music director.

* Baba Saigal (Sahgal/Sehgal), singer and actor in North Indian (Hindi) talkies.

* Ishmeet Singh Sodhi, singer and winner of Amul STAR Voice of India 2007.


= Historical Soldiers =
*Gulab Singh Dallewalia, Founder and leader of Dallewalia Misl
*Dewan Mokham Chand, General under Maharaja Ranjit Singh

Indian Armed Forces

Chiefs of Armed Forces

*Indian Navy
* [ Admiral S.M Nanda , ex Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy]
* [ Admiral S.N Kohli, ex Chief of Naval Staff of the Indian Navy]
*Indian Air Force
* [ Air Chief Marshal Om Prakash Mehra , ex Chief of Indian Airforce]
*Air Chief Marshal Nirmal Chandra Suri , ex Chief of Indian AirforceFact|date=June 2007
*Air Chief Marshal Pratap Chandra Lal, ex Chief of Indian AirforceFact|date=June 2007
* [ Air Chief Marshal Satish Kumar Sareen , ex Chief of Indian Airforce]
*Indian Army
*General J. J. Singh, ex Chief of Staff of the Indian Army
*General Nirmal Chander Vij, ex Chief of Staff of the Indian ArmyFact|date=June 2007
*General Om Prakash Malhotra, ex Chief of Staff of the Indian Army
* [ Admiral Sureesh Mehta, Chief of Naval Staff]
*General Pran Nath Thapar, ex Chief of Staff of the Indian ArmyFact|date=June 2007
*General VP Mallik, ex Chief of Staff of the Indian ArmyFact|date=June 2007
*General Deepak Kapoor current Chief of staff of the Indian Army

War Heroes and Martyrs

*Gurbachan Singh Salaria, Param Vir Chakra
*Arun Khetarpal, Param Vir Chakra
*Vikram Batra, Param Vir Chakra
*Satyapal Chopra, Mahavir Chakra
*Prem Kumar Khanna,Mahavir Chakra
*Ved Prakash Ghai,Mahavir Chakra
*Vijayanth Thapar, Vir Chakra
*Brig. Bakhsi,Mahavir Chakra
*Lt. Col. Khanna,Mahavir Chakra
*Lt. Col. Mehra,Mahavir Chakra
*Anuj Nayyar, Mahavir Chakra
*Hero of Pir Thil Major Satyapal Chopra Maha Vir Chakra 1947-48 Operation
*Lt. Col. Madan Mohan Singh Bakshi Maha Vir Chakra 1965 Indo Pak War
*Lt. Col. Mehra Maha Vir Chakra 1965 Indo Pak War
*Lt. Col. Hayde Maha Vir Chakra 1965 Indo Pak War

*Brig. Zorawar Chand Bakshi Maha Vir Chakra 1965 Indo Pak War
*Major General Har Krishen Sibal Maha Vir Chakra 1965 Indo Pak War
*Lt.Col Narindra Nath Khanna Maha Vir Chakra 1965 Indo Pak War
*Lt. Colonel(now Lt. Gen.) Raj Mohan Vohra Maha Vir Chakra 1971 Indo- Pak War
*Squadron Leader Jag Mohan Nath Maha Vir Chakra 1962 Chinese Attack
*Lagoon Col. Vijay Kumar Bakshi Maha Vir Chakra Indo-Srilankan Peace Accord
*Lt.Col. Prem Kumar Khanna Maha Vir Chakra 1971 Indo- Pak war
*Lt.Col. Ved Prakash Ghai Maha Vir Chakra 1971 Indo- Pak war
*Lt. Col. Inder Bal Singh Bawa Maha Vir Chakra Indo-Srilankan Peace Accord
*Lt. Vedprakash Trehan Maha Vir Chakra 1962 UN Peace keeping in Congo
*Brigadier Bakshi Maha Vir Chakra 1971 Indo- Pak war
*Lt. Col. Khanna Maha Vir Chakra 1947-48 Operation
*Wing Commander Talwar Maha Vir Chakra 1971 Indo- Pak war
*Flt. Lt. Rajendra Singh Wahi, Vir Chakra 1971 Indo Pak war
*Flt. Lt. Vijay Kumar Wahi, Vir Chakra 1971 Indo Pak war

Other distinguished Soldiers

* Air Commodore Ravish Malhotra, Astronaut
* Lieutenant-General Dewan Prem Chand United Nations Peace Keeping Force Commander
* [ General J. C. Malhotra, (retd) PVSM, AVSM, VSM]
* [ Lt. General S P Malhotra PVSM]


*Bishen Singh Bedi, Cricketer
*Abhinav Bindra, Marksman (Shooter), 2008 Beijing Olympics Gold medal winner
*Karun Chandhok, auto racer
*Kapil Dev Nikhanj,Cricketer
*Shiv Kapur,Golfer
*P. G. "Biloo" Sethi,Golfer
*Amarjeet Singh Bawa(Trehan), Hockey Player, Umpire & Coach


* Bhisham Sahni, Hindi author ('Tamas')
* Devaki Nandan Khatri, pioneer Hindi author
* Mulk Raj Anand, Indian novelist in English
* Narendra Kohli, Hindi author
* Vikram Seth, novelist who portrayed urban Khatri life after the partition of India in 'A Suitable Boy'
* Ishar Singh 'Ishar' Bhaiya, Punjabi humorous poet
* Neville Tuli, famous English writer , involved in Osian Festival
* Sardar Darshan Singh "Maini", famous english writer


ee also

*List of Aroras
*List of Hindus

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