After 10 years of honouring individuals and organisations that embody the spirit of excellence, CNN-News18 is once again set to celebrate the iconic Indians who have made a significant contribution to our society in 2017, with the 11th edition of ‘Indian of the Year’. This year, the winners will be felicitated at a glittering ceremony on November 30 at Hotel Taj Diplomatic Enclave in New Delhi.
The Awards will be graced by Virat Kohli, Captain of the Indian cricket team, Ravi Shastri, Head Coach of the Indian cricket team, Arun Jaitley, Minister of Finance & Corporate Affairs, Manushi Chhillar, newly crowned Miss World, actors Rajkkumar Rao, Varun Dhawan and others.
Radhakrishnan Nair, Managing Editor, CNN-News18, said, “The level of acceptance and success seen by ‘Indian of the Year’ fills me with immense pride. Each passing year gives us an opportunity to identify those rare individuals and organisations that have forged a blazing path in their chosen fields and we look forward to honour them this year.”
The nominees listed under the categories this year are:
· Sports: The Indian Women’s Cricket Team, PV Sindhu, Kidambi Srikanth and Sunil Chhetri
· Entertainment: Varun Dhawan, Team Baahubali 2: The Conclusion, Rajkummar Rao, Amit V Masurkar & Mayank Tewari of Newton fame
· Business: Arundhati Bhattacharya, Former Chairman, State Bank of India, Siddhartha Lal, MD & CEO, Eicher Motors, Sanjiv Bajaj, MD, Bajaj Finserv and Acharya Balkrishna, Co-Founder and MD, Patanjali Ayurved
· Public Service: Harman Singh Sidhu, Guneeta Singh Bhalla, The Team Responsible for Delhi’s Cracker Ban and Afroz Shah
Other achievers will be awarded under the categories of Special Achievement, Outstanding Achievement, Special Jury and Lifetime Achievement. One individual/organisation is bestowed with the coveted ‘Indian of the Year’ Award for their indelible contribution to the society at large.
Since its inception in the year 2006, CNN-News18’s flagship initiative ‘Indian of the Year’ award distinguishes itself by celebrating not only exemplary individuals and their achievements but also the ideas that have inspired a changing India and has impacted lives.