Anna Hazare & Arvind Kejriwal declared NDTV Indian of The Year 2011; Dev Anand & Rahul DravidÂ got Lifetime Achievement Awards
October 18, 2011:
NDTV announced the much awaitedÂ âIndian of the Year Award 2011â in a star studded ceremony held in DelhiÂ at the Taj Palace Hotel today.Â Anna Hazare and Arvind Kejriwal were declared as NDTV Indian of The Year 2011 for their exceptionalÂ contribution towards the society in the past year.
Evergreen actorÂ Dev Anand and CricketerÂ Rahul Dravid were honoured withÂ Lifetime Achievement Awards.
M.S. Dhoni received theÂ Indian Heroes Award along with his team and key members-Â Virender Sehwag,Â Yuvraj Singh,Â S Sreesanth,Â Ashish Nehra, Virat Kohli, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla and R Ashwin.
Dr. Pronnoy Roy, Chaiman, NDTV in his opening address spoke about the eventful year gone by being a transformational year for the country. âThe Indian media today is the most fearless around the world. As part of the media, we are proud to be countryâs fourth pillar. I feel itâs imperative now to have strong and effective defamation laws in the country.âÂ He also added âMedia cannot be above the law.â
Arvind Kejriwal on being felicitated as the Indian of the Year 2011 said, âI would like to dedicate this award to Anna Hazare and people of this country since I believe that every Indian is truly an Indian of the Year.â
Anna Hazare also extended his gratitude by thanking NDTV on being awarded with the title of theÂ Indian of the Year by writing a message on a paper. He wrote, âIf the Government fails to pass the bill then I will be forced to launch the agitation movement again.â(Since Anna Hazare is currently on the âMaun Vratâ in his village â the channel connected with him live through a videoconferencing).
On winning the Entertainer of the year (Music) title, Shankar, Ehsaan and Loy said, âWe have to thank Zoya and Farhan as working with them brings out the best in us.â
The team ofÂ Zindagi Na Milegi Dobara was excited on being awarded as theÂ Entertainer of the Year award for the year 2011. Expressing their happiness the team thanked NDTV. Adding to this Farhan Akhtrar said, âFor me to receive this award from Prannoy is an achievement. I watch TV because of him onlyâ
88 year old Evergreen actor, Dev Anand while thanking on being conferred with theÂ Lifetime Achievement Awards saidÂ âI am honoured with the gratification. I would like to dedicate this award to people of the country who have inspired me over six and a half decadesâ
Also, receiving theÂ Lifetime Achievement award,Â Rahul Dravid saidÂ âI am grateful to NDTV for this honour. I would like to thank all my fans for their love and support.â
Bestowed with the award ofÂ Indian Heroes of 2011, Cricket World Cup Champions 2011 team spoke about their performance in the World Cup, Captain â M.S.Dhoni. On being asked about Indiaâs current performance against England, Indian Captain,Â M.S.Dhoni saidÂ âWe believe in consistent cricket thatâs why first we lost consistently and now we are winning consistently.â
Nandan Nilekani on receiving the award forÂ Transformational Idea of the Year Award said,Â âI am confident that through project Aadhar millions of anonymous people will get an identity. We also hope that people will value our effort. We have already enrolled 100 million people and are in the process of adding more day by day.â
Special Recognition was also conferred upon âLIC Unsung Heroes. These were:â -
The awards were presented byÂ Pranab Mukherjee, Minister of Finance,Â Ambika Soni, Minister of Information & Broadcasting,Â Jairam Ramesh, Minister of Rural Development,Â N Srinivasan, President, BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) andÂ DK Mehrotra, Chairman, LIC (Life Corporation of India)
The award functionÂ was attended byÂ Abhay Deol, Farhan Akhtar, Kalki Koechlin, Zoya Akhtar, Ritesh Sidhwani, Shankar, Ehsaan, Loy, Dev Anand, M.S Dhoni, Rahul Dravid, Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, S Sreesanth, Ashish Nehra, Virat Kohli, Ashish Nehra, Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla, R Ashwin, Sunil Gavaskar, Yuvraj Singh, Laloo Prasad Yadav among other celebrities, bureaucrats and eminent personalities.
âNDTV Indian of The Yearâ in its sixth successful year, honouredÂ extraordinary Indians who have shown excellence in their respective fields like business, sports, entertainment and have done the nation proud.
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Day by day nation is turning to intolerance. This is a matter of concern. Kejriwal also require restrain in his action and speech . It is good the attacker was arrested immediately.Team Anna should not put those impracticable ideas and views in the name of anti corruption move and say Anna is above Parliament otherwise the attacker will also say he is above law, above parliament and above Anna team and start beating every body to justify Mr. Kejriwal's argument a citizen is above parliament and makes his own rule to beat Kejriwal. Nativist D.D.Raut, President, Native People's Party
NDTV has choosen a great personality for NDTV INDIAN of the year.its too panic for the INDIAN to throw a chhapal to social activits Aravinda kejariwal.that person should not be arrested but to know the root cause of his angry on kejariwal. Manoranjan panda