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Anna Hazare is the CNN-IBN 'Indian Of The Year 2011'

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Dec 17, 2011 at 10:33am IST

New Delhi: A star-studded ceremony at the CNN-IBN 'Indian of the Year' awards function where politicians, entertainers, sportspersons and extraordinary citizens were felicitated on Friday night.

Social activist Anna Hazare was named 'Indian Of The Year' for the year 2011 for bringing the grave issue of corruption to the forefront in the country.

"I don't have any money in the bank but I have taken six cabinet wickets. Bring Lokpal by December 22, I will call off fast. Government has nothing to fear from me, it should only fear the public," Anna Hazare said after receiving the award.

For wiping out the Left Front from West Bengal after three decades, firebrand Mamata Banerjee was the winner in the Politician of the Year category.

She said that the government will last long if there is no price rise. "Not my intention to withdraw. Government must do job for the people. Government should not be toppled but please see that price rise is not increased," she said.

Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni was the unanimous choice for the Indian of the Year in Sports.

The Businessman of the Year award was bagged by Dilip Shanghvi of Sun Pharma while Team KBC raked in the votes for the Entertainer of the Year category.

All-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who has been battling a lung tumour, was felicitated with a special award for his spirit of perseverance. Shooter RS Sodhi was also felicitated with Special Achievement award.

Binalakshmi Nepram, writer-activist and founder of Manipur Women Gun Survivors Network, was awarded the IOTY public service award.

"When I came to Delhi people called me 'chinki', they asked me where are you from, Thailand or Nepal? This award is a testimony that some Indians are different from the ones living in Delhi and Bombay. There are lot of amrs and blood shed there but we won't get scared, we will move on. Our determination to get peace is more than theirs for bloodshed," Nepram said.

For redefining the political discourse of the country, anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare and his Team got 'Indian Of The Year' award in Public Service.

Singer KJ Yesudas was honoured with a Special Achievement award at the Indian of the year ceremony. And while taking the honour he shared a light moment before crooning a song.

All-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who has been battling a lung tumour, was felicitated with a special award for his spirit of perseverance. Shooter RS Sodhi was also felicitated with Special Achievement award.

But the man who stole the show was also who inspired millions of Indians to voice their dissent and fight corruption Anna Hazare.

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