Multi-lingual portal Webdunia.com has launched a unique online poll to choose the most eminent Indians from the field of global citizenry, political leaders, cricketers, sports persons, film stars, as well as the best of Indian movies of 2007.
Netizens from the world over will get the chance to take part in the poll in nine Indian languages – Hindi, Gujarati, Punjabi, Marathi, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Malayalam and Bengali.
For each category, a team of nine editors of Webdunia made a shortlist of 10 personalities based on the number of times their name appeared in the news and features columns of Webdunia as well as user searches made on the language search engine in 2007.
The impact of an individual’s choice is visible online to viewers seconds after casting their vote. The viewer can see the relative ranking of the 10 names in each one of the 10 options.
The process of making their choices has been kept simple and almost instantaneous for the Net users, who can log on to the portal and choose their favourite personalities. The polling would be on till January 10, 2008. For each category only one choice can be made and the poll has been designed to avoid multiple votes by the same person.
The names featuring among popular global citizens include a diverse list – George Bush, L N Mittal, Indira, Nooyi, Manmohan Singh, and Sunita Williams, among others.
Names featured in India’s most popular citizen list include Mukesh Ambani, APJ Abdul Kalam, Amitabh Bachhan, Ratan Tata, etc.
Netizens can select among Manmohan Singh, L K Advani, Sonia Gandhi, Laloo Prasad Yadav, Narendra Modi, etc, as the most popular Indian politician.
Options for most popular Indian woman include Pratibha Patil, Sania Mirza, Aishwarya Rai, Sonia Gandhi, and Kiran Bedi, among others.
Options for India’s most popular actor include Amitabh Bachchan, Rajnikant, Hrithik Roshan, Shah Rukh Khan, Akshay Kumar, etc; while those actress include Aishwarya Rai, Rani Mukherjee, Shreya, Vidya Balan, Katrina Kaif, Kareena Kapoor, Deepika Padukone, etc.
Options for most popular cricketer include the usual suspects – Sachin Tendulkar, Yuvraj Singh, M S Dhoni, Anil Kumble, Zaheer Khan, Rahul Dravid, Saurav Ganguly, etc.
And which movie could be the best movie of 2007 from among ‘Chak De! India’, ‘Om Shanti Om’, ‘Gandhi My Father’, ‘Guru’, or ‘Bhool Bhulaiya’?