English news channel Times Now hosted ‘Amazing Indians’ - a prestigious national platform, which celebrated and honoured the indomitable spirit of 12 amazing Indians who through their grit, determination and selfless acts of service have significantly impacted people’s lives.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi shared a letter conveying his appreciation for the initiative and congratulating the winners. Vice-President of India, Jagdeep Dhankhar graced the event as the Chief Guest and delivered the keynote address.
Shortlisted through an exhaustive pan-India screening process, duly evaluated by Ernst & Young, the winners were selected by an esteemed panel of jury comprising of Priti Adani (Philanthropist and Chairperson, Adani Foundation); Upasana Kamineni (Vice-Chairperson, CSR, Apollo Hospitals); S Nambi Narayanan (Former Scientist, ISRO); Sonali Bendre (Actor, Author), and Ustad Amjad Ali Khan (Sarod Maestro and Composer).
The premier awards night witnessed the Vice-President Jagdeep Dhankhar; RK Singh, Minister of Power and New and Renewable Energy, along with other jury members felicitate the winners.
Adding to the ceremony was a special performance by Sarod Maestro, Ustad Amjad Ali Khan and his sons and grandsons, recreating the magic of ‘Vande Mataram’ titled - Three Generations One Nation.
Showcasing a unique method of visual storytelling to celebrate the spirit of Amazing Indians, sand animation artist, Nitish Bharti performed a sand art act.
Dhankhar said, “It is a great honour to be here on this occasion. What I have witnessed today is something I will always cherish. This event reflects the commitment and sovereignty that is embedded in our civilisational ethos. It is a shining example of a platform, which goes out of the way to identify individuals who through innovation and perseverance, are contributing to building a better nation. The outstanding quality of our homogeneous and innovative attitude is now well known all over the world.”
Highlighting the country’s track record of producing noteworthy talent, Dhankar added, “The exceptional nature of human resource available amongst Indians is now equalised world over. Indians have played a lucrative role in the success of global powerhouses. I am sure that India is on an incremental trajectory of growth and development. The quality of research and technical prowess at institutes of national importance like IITs and IIMs is commendable in the developed world. Since ancient times we have produced luminaries in mathematics, science, astronomy, philosophy, and linguistics. The improvements in our governance framework and other catalytic initiatives institutionalised in our country in recent years have created an enabling environment to nurture and develop the inherit talent in the various remote corners of our country. The results are being felt on the ground.”
Talking about the way recognition system has changed in the last few years, Dhankar added, “There is a perceptible change in the ecosystem that is highly encouraging. It will be seen that many of these nominees and winners that you see here and at other platforms, appear to be very ordinary in their everyday demeanour, but are silently and purposefully working in an unimaginable way to radically change the lives of their fellow citizens. The Padma awards were also given to deserving candidates who were not known earlier, but when they were awarded, you get a feeling that the right decision has been made. This is a very big change.”
MK Anand, MD and CEO, Times Network, said, “As India’s most influential news leader, Times Now has been a catalyst for change and action. A true embodiment of this purpose, Amazing Indians is our endeavour to bring stories of action heroes who have mobilised change through their unflinching vision and commitment. I am confident that the inspiring stories of these ordinary individuals will pave the way to creating more changemakers for a better India.”