As part of celebrations of 60 years of Indian Independence, CNN-IBN is instituting an annual award ‘CNN-IBN Indian of the Year’, which will recognise the Indian/s whose contribution to the country has strengthened the foundation of the society and has helped build Brand India in the process.
The CNN-IBN Indian of the Year will be revealed at a glittering event held in Delhi on February 6, 2007.
The awards will salute the best and the most dynamic Indian icons across six main categories – Politics, Business, Entertainment, Sports, Public Service and NRI. Votes from the public and the Electoral College, both holding equal weightage, will decide the most superlative candidate to be the Indian of the Year.
Announcing the awards, Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN and IBN 7, said, “We at CNN-IBN feel that many Indians and their accomplishments often go unnoticed and so we took it upon ourselves to create an award that would do just the contrary. The CNN-IBN Indian of the Year award will not only recognise, but also felicitate such achievers. The sheer credibility of the channel as well as the involvement of great personalities in the thorough selection process will lend immense authority to this title.”
The Judiciary council in concurrence with the TV 18 editorial group will undertake the preliminary step of generating a list of prospective nominees for each category. The Council is an elite club comprising five Padma awardees – Padma Shri Geet Sethi, six times World Billards Champion; Padma Vibhushan Soli Sorabjee, former Attorney General of India; Padma Bhushan Nandan Nilekani, CEO of Infosys Technologies; Padma Bhushan Deepak Parekh, Chairman of HDFC; and Padma Shri Kiran Bedi, a Magsaysay Award recipient.
Electing winners for each group will be a three-tier process involving the Judiciary Council, the Electoral College and the citizens of India. The Electoral College, composed of 250 eminent citizens, each recognised in their respective fields, will vote for their chosen aspirant. The process of Vox Populi will be conducted simultaneously through two means – ibnlive.com for online casting of the citizen’s franchise, and 2622 for voting through SMS.