Major South Asian Events of 1961
- December 17-19 - Indian troops invade and conquer the Portuguese territories of Goa, Daman and Diu.
Indian troops in Goa
- Hungry generation movement launched in Calcutta.
- Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi becomes captain of India's cricket team. He retains the position until 1975.
- Village self-government introduced in much of India.
- Veronica Torcato is awarded the title "Miss India".
- Hindustani shehnai player Bismillah Khan is awarded the Padma Shree
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