2003 in India

Events in the year 2003 in the Republic of India.

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See also:List of years in India
Timeline of Indian history




  • National income - 27,925,301 million
  • 26 January – The president of Iran, Mohammad Khatami, is the guest at the Republic Day celebration.
  • 5–9 February – Aero-India show is held in Bangalore.
  • March – India put up a great show at the ICC Cricket World Cup in South Africa after poor performances in the past and go on to the Finals. They were defeated by Australia in the Finals.
  • 18 April – Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, at his first rally in Srinagar, makes a historic announcement of a peace initiative with Pakistan.
  • 31 May – Prime Minister Vajpayee has the rare honour of joining the head table at the 300th foundation day of St. Petersburg with Vladimir Putin and George W. Bush.
  • 22 June – Vajpayee is in China. India concedes that Tibet is an integral part of China. China agrees to recognise Sikkim's accession to India.
  • 14 July – India refuses to send troops to Iraq.
  • 25 August – 52 killed in two bomb blasts in Mumbai.
  • 24 September – United States President George W. Bush invites Vajpayee to lunch in New York City during Vajpayee's US trip. It is considered an important meeting for Indo-US relations. Several deals are struck on civilian nuclear technology, space, hi-tech trade and missile defence.
  • 6 October – Vajpayee visits Bali for the second time in 2 years.
  • 22 October – India announces confidence-building measures with respect to Indo-Pakistani relations: more buses, flights, higher mission strength, etc.
  • 15 November – Vajpayee visits Syria.
  • 28 November – Abu Salem, one of India's most wanted fugitives for his alleged role in the 1993 Bombay bombings, is sentenced to four and a half years imprisonment by a Portuguese court on charges of fraud and resisting arrest. In response, the Central Bureau of Investigation announces it will maintain its efforts to seek Salem's deportation to India.[1]



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  1. ^ "Portugal jails Indian crime boss". BBC News. 28 November 2003. Retrieved 5 October 2021.