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Help CNN-IBN reveals the nominees for Indian of the Year 2010
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MUMBAI: As CNN-IBN INDIAN OF THE YEAR’ 2010 (IOTY) gears up to honour the torchbearers and leaders of new India in its 5th edition of the grand annual event, the channel announces the eminent luminaries who have been nominated in the categories of Politics, Sports, Business, Entertainment & Public Service. The nominees have been unanimously nominated by Network18’s editorial board and ratified by the Jury. All nominations in each category signify the persona and vision of an undaunted achievement.

The nominees for CNN-IBN Indian of the Year’ 10 in various categories in alphabetical orders are as follows:

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Politics:

01. JAIRAM RAMESH:
For putting environment solidly in the forefront of policy debate and ensuring the issue is now part of the political discourse in India.
To vote: SMS IPOL 1 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

02. KAPIL SIBAL:
For continuing with his strong education focus and emerging as the new crisis manager for the embattled UPA government.
To vote: SMS IPOL 2 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

03. MAYAWATI:
For her consistent success in the Panchayat elections and ensuring complete control over law and order post Ayodhya verdict.
To vote: SMS IPOL 3 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

04. NITISH KUMAR:
For pulling off the most stunning electoral result in India by focusing on development in an underdeveloped state, triggering hope amongst millions.
To vote: SMS IPOL 4 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

05. PRANAB MUKHERJEE:
For being the Prime Minister’s ultimate crisis manager, finance minister who steered us out of slowdown, and much more.
To vote: SMS IPOL 5 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

06. RAMAN SINGH:
For his continuing and consistent tough line on the issue of Maoist violence and Naxal threat. To vote: SMS IPOL 6 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Sports:

01. ASHISH KUMAR:
For putting India on the Gymnastics medals list -- first in Commonwealth and then Asian Games; a sport we have never done well in.
To vote: SMS ISPO 1 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

02. RONJAN SINGH SODHI:
For an outstanding year of achievements by bagging an Asian Games Gold, setting a world record and winning virtually everything he participated in.
To vote: SMS ISPO 2 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

03. SOMDEV DEVVARMAN:
For achieving the unparalleled feat of winning both the doubles and singles gold for India in Asian Games.
To vote: SMS ISPO 3 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

04. SUSHIL KUMAR:
For becoming the first Indian wrestler to win a world championship and following it with a gold at the Commonwealth Games.
To vote: SMS ISPO 4 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

05. VISHWANATHAN ANAND:
For being crowned as the undisputed World Chess Champion in a gruelling, unprecedented title clash.
To vote: SMS ISPO 5 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

06. VVS LAXMAN:
For playing a series of match-saving and match-winning innings in hopeless situations for India in one of his best years ever.
To vote: SMS ISPO 6 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Business:

01. KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA:
For being an outstanding, no nonsense entrepreneur who has made a success out of most businesses he has entered into, including sunrise sectors.
To vote: SMS IBUS 1 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

02. N CHANDRASEKARAN:
For setting a scorching pace in revenues and profitability after taking over a year ago -- the best for a large IT firm this year.
To vote: SMS IBUS 2 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

03. RAJIV BAJAJ:
For being the performer of the year by recasting the Bajaj group, its attitude and products to ensure the company regained lost market leadership.
To vote: SMS IBUS 3 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

04. SHIKHA SHARMA:
For leading Axis Bank to its best performance ever, managing a tough transition year, and staving off a very public opposition to her getting the job.
To vote: SMS IBUS 4 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

05. SUNIL BHARTI MITTAL:
For making Bharti a truly global company with the Zain acquisition and catapulting it to become the 5th largest telecom company in the world.
To vote: SMS IBUS 5 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

06. VIKRAM PANDIT:
For rebuilding the Citi Group and executing one of the biggest and most complex bank restructuring exercise in its history.
To vote: SMS IBUS 6 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Entertainment

01. AAMIR KHAN:
For delivering 3 Idiots as the biggest Indian grosser ever in 2010 and then backing an unconventional, rural theme based ‘Peepli Live’, giving it worldwide recognition.
To vote: SMS IENT 1 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

02. RAJINIKANTH:
For delivering a solo super hit ‘Robot’ at 60 and continuing to be a phenomenon of a level other stars can only dream of.
To vote: SMS IENT 2 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

03. SALMAN KHAN:
For delivering Dabangg the year’s biggest hit and making a success of Bigg Boss 4 as its irreverent host (Disclosure: Bigg Boss is a Network18 venture).
To vote: SMS IENT 3 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

04. SHANKAR:
For being a filmmaker with an unbeatable track record of 100% hits in Tamil….the latest being the costliest Indian film ever produced ‘Robot.’
To vote: SMS IENT 4 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

05. SHILLONG CHAMBER CHOIR:
For putting the cultural and musical talent of the North East on the national map by winning India’s Got Talent 2.
To vote: SMS IENT 5 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

06. VIKRAMADITYA MOTWANE:
For making his directorial debut with ‘Udaan’, the first Indian film to be a part of Cannes’ Un Certain Regard category in seven years.
To vote: SMS IENT 6 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year - Public Service:

01. ANNA HAZARE:
For his consistent struggle and relentless pressure in highlighting corruption of all types across Maharashtra.
To vote: SMS IPUB 1 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

02. CHETNA GALA SINHA:
For contribution in empowering Dalit women by setting up a series of banks for them, getting corporate help, and even setting up a business school for them.
To vote: SMS IPUB 2 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

03. ELECTION COMMISSION OF INDIA:
For consistently ensuring smooth elections and notching up Bihar’s most peaceful polling ever…with not one killing reported.
To vote: SMS IPUB 3 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

04. J GOPIKRISHNAN/THE PIONEER:
For being the journalist who first brought the telecom scandal to light several years ago…much before the rest of the media picked it up.
To vote: SMS IPUB 4 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

05. LADAKH ECOLOGICAL DEVELOPMENT GROUP:
For building environment friendly, flood and quake resistant housing involving community participation and local materials in Leh.
To vote: SMS IPUB 5 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

06. MUMBAI CITIZENS GROUP:
For consistently carrying out campaigns against corruption in public life and the importance of strengthening RTI.
To vote: SMS IPUB 6 to 51818 or log on to: IndianOfTheYear.com

So, get ready to vote and applaud for the achiever of your choice who with his/her unflinching dedication has emerged as the best. Giving people the power to share and make the world more open and connected Facebook has got into a strategic tie up with the CNN-IBN for ‘Indian of the Year, 2010’.

Two mechanisms have been set up for the citizens to cast their franchise which include:

· Viewers / citizens can cast their votes for the achievers all the categories by logging on to indianoftheyear.com, an exhaustive micro site will enable online casting of the citizen’s franchise. Facebook users could also register their vote by using their facebook ID & password.

· Can also vote through SMS by typing IOTY to 51818.

Voting closes on 12th December, 2010 mid night.

Source: Indiantelevision.com

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