DMRC Chairman E Sreedharan, the man who brought the Metro project to light in the National Capital, was declared CNN-IBN Indian of the Year for 2007 at a well-attended ceremony in Delhi on January 29, 2008. Sreedharan also received the Indian of the Year award in the public service category.
Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram bagged the award for the Politician of the Year, while SBI Chairman O P Bhatt was declared Businessman of the Year. Vodafone CEO Arun Sarin was honoured in the Global Indian category.
World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand bagged the Sportsperson of the Year award. Shimit Amin (director) and Jaideep Sahni (scriptwriter) bagged the CNN-IBN of the Year in the entertainment category for the film ‘Chak De! India’.
Well-known cartoonist R K Laxman, who’s ‘Common Man’ in The Times of India has endeared himself to all Indians, was given a special Lifetime Achievement Award.