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CNN-IBN honours winners of the Indian of the Year 2012

The award ceremony will be telecast on CNN-IBN on 22 December, Saturday, 9.30 pm

BestMediaInfo Bureau | Delhi | December 14, 2012

Recognising the remarkable achievements and contributions of Indians who have tirelessly worked towards strengthening India’s foundation, CNN-IBN announced the winners of the Indian of the Year 2012. At a star-studded awards ceremony held in New Delhi, winners across Politics, Sports, Entertainment, Business and Public Service categories were announced.

India’s most influential TV show Satyamev Jayate bagged the prestigious Special Achievement Award for its path breaking initiative. Star India CEO Uday Shankar and the Satyamev Jayate team were honoured for their remarkable contribution in highlighting several social ills that continue to plague modern India and to help create awareness against such evils through the pioneering TV program.

This accolade for Satyamev Jayate follows soon after recognition by the Government of India earlier this year. The show had been rewarded by the National Commission for Scheduled Castes for its efforts to create awareness against social discrimination in October.

“This award is extremely special to us at Star as responses from viewers were critical in deciding a winner. Satyamev Jayate was an initiative to offer a public platform to issues that concern all Indians and it’s quite humbling to see these efforts being recognized,” said Shankar.

(L-R) Shabana Azmi, Uday Shankar, Svati Chakravarty Bhatkal and Satyajit Bhatkal

Instituted in 2006, this is the seventh edition of CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Awards. Over the years, these awards have achieved prestige and credibility unmatched by awards instituted by other media organisations. The awards adhere to a transparent and unique four-tier selection process that includes the IBN Editorial Board drawing a list of nominees, which are authorised by the Jury, followed by voting by the Electoral College and India’s citizens.

The award ceremony will be telecast on CNN-IBN on 22 December, Saturday, 9:30PM. The winners across different categories are:

INDIAN OF THE YEAR 2012 & SPORTS:

Viswanathan Anand is CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award 2012 and in addition to this he also bagged the award in the Sports Category for being India’s most successful chess grandmaster who has been the undisputed World Champion since 2007.

POLITICS:

Manohar Parrikar: For being the architect of BJP’s win in Goa and for successfully selling the agenda of hope in a state, which was used to a despairingly low level of politics.

BUSINESS:

Dr. Yusuf Hamied: For running CIPLA, one of the most socially conscious pharmaceutical companies in the world, profitably.

ENTERTAINMENT:

Irrfan Khan: For an outstanding performance in ‘Paan Singh Tomar’, and for continuing to make a splash in international cinema with films like ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’ and ‘The Life of Pi’.

PUBLIC SERVICE:

Dr. Devi Shetty: For being a cardiac surgeon who leads and runs the world's largest and most economical heart care and health care institute, Narayana Hrudayalaya, which is run with the motive of giving quality health care services with dignity.

SPECIAL ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

Aamir Khan & Team Satyamev Jayate: For using the medium of television and the talk-show format to shed light on burning social issues that affect India’s masses.

MC Mary Kom: For overcoming all obstacles to find a place on the Olympic podium. Her achievement brought joy to an entire region that had always been on the fringe of not just sports but Indian society at large. She is an inspiration and a hero.

Tessy Thomas & Team DRDO: For being an unlikely face in the world of defence research and for inspiring women to choose a career in science. Known as the Missile Woman and Agniputri, Tessy regards missiles as instruments of peace because of their deterrence value.

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD:

Heroes of Rezang La, 1962: For their heroic stand at Rezang La on November 18, 1962 to save a Ladakhi village during the India-China war. The C Company of the 13th Battalion of the Kumaon Regiment, led by Late Maj. Shaitan Singh, fought to last man, last round, and wrote one of the most glorious chapters in the military history of the world.

Rajdeep Sardesai, Editor-in-Chief, CNN-IBN, IBN7 & IBN-Lokmat, said, “We at CNN-IBN are privileged to honour these distinguished citizens for their accomplishments and contributions in taking India forward. We congratulate all the winners for their extraordinary participation.”

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