The CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Awards 2009 were given away at a glittering ceremony in the Capital on December 21. Music composer and singer AR Rahman was adjudged the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for 2009.
Speaking at the Awards ceremony, chief guest Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh remarked, “Our greatest inheritance is our democracy and the freedom of expression it gives us. The country is proud of its vibrant media. But we should introspect whether the media does justice in portraying the diversity and complexity of the issues of the day and whether there is adequate balance in the purveying of ideas and information. The media have a responsibility to ensure that it is not just the loud who are heard, but also the silent. Indeed, often those who are loud are better organised, better funded, and better served by the system. If the media only purveys their viewpoint, who will speak for the silent majorities?”
Rahman also won the award in the entertainment category of the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2009.
Congress youth leader Rahul Gandhi was declared as the face of India’s young politicians, winning the Award in the politics category.
Teenage badminton prodigy Saina Nehwal won the award in the sports category.
The team that revived software giant Satyam was conferred the award in the business category.
NGO Pratham, which has emerged as a powerful voice in education reform in India, especially for underprivileged children, won the award in the social service category.
Sitar maestro Pandit Ravi Shankar was conferred the Indian of the Year lifetime achiever award.