NDTV to announce Indian of the Year awards

MUMBAI: NDTV will announce the winners of "Indian of the Year" on 17 January at Hotel Taj Palace, New Delhi. The awards are conferred to people who have helped in building "Brand India" while excelling in their fields of expertise.

Leading personalities and opinion-makers including PM Dr Manmohan Singh, LK Advani, P Chidambaram, PR Dasmunshi, Kamal Nath, Mani Shankar Aiyer, KG Balakrishnan, Praful Patel, Sheila Dixit and Murli Deora, among many others, are expected to grace the event.

This year, the awards have been divided into seven categories. The nominations are:

  • Leader - APJ Abdul Kalam; Prakash Karat; Manmohan Singh; L K Advani and Mayawati

  • Sports - Vishwanathan Anand; M S Dhoni; Biachung Bhutia and Sania Mirza

  • Cinema - Shahrukh Khan; Rajnikanth; Shilpa Shetty; the Chak De girls and Himesh Reshammiya

  • Global Indian - Indira Nooyi; Arun Sarin; R K Pachauri and Mira Nair

  • Business - Tulsi Tanti; Kumaramangalam Birla; K P Singh; Azim Premji and Mukesh Ambani

  • Music - Vishal and Shekhar; Sukhwinder Singh; Pritam and Metro band; Sunidhi Chauhan and A R Rehman

  • Unsung Heroes - Irom Sharmila; Auto Raja and Indian Soldiers

The winners of the ‘Indian of the Year‘ are chosen through a multi-layered process. The NDTV editorial board starts the process by shortlisting nominees in each category before making them public. Once the nominations are made public, votes are invited through SMS polls, online votes, opinion polls and TV shows. The results are assessed by Ernst & Young, the auditors and validators for the awards. Finally, the jury selects its favourites.

The awards jury comprises eminent personalities including Mark Tully, Kiran Karnik, Shobha De, Shyam Benegal, Shekhar Gupta, Mansur Ali Khan Pataudi, Ramachandra Guha, Justice JS Verma, Justice Leila Seth, and former ISRO chairman Dr K Kasturirangan.

NDTV Chairman Prannoy Roy said, "The NDTV Indian of the Year award has recognised excellence and contribution by Indians in various facets of our society that has strengthened the foundation of our nation. We have received a massively encouraging response so far, and we hope the final awards will celebrate accomplishments across fields."

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