New Delhi: The seventh edition of the Indian of the Year awards - one of the biggest and most credible awards in Indian media - on Wednesday recognised healthcare legend Dr Devi Shetty as the Indian of the Year in the Public Service category. Other nominees in the category were IAS officer Armstrong Pame, activist-turned-politician Arvind Kejriwal and his India Against Corruption, social activists Baba Adhav and Aruna Roy (Pension Parishad), the Comptroller and Auditor General of India (CAG) and noted ecologist Madhav Gadgil.
Chess legend Viswanathan Anand was on Wednesday chosen the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2012. The CNN-IBN Indian of the Year awards were also presented in five categories - Politics, Sports, Entertainment, Business and Public Service - at a ceremony in New Delhi on December 12.
Instituted in 2006, CNN-IBN Indian of the Year has been the benchmark for credibility and excellence in media awards. The awards are held in high regard for precision, providing complete information about the process of nomination and selection of the final winners. The selection adheres to a unique and transparent four-tier process that includes nominations from the IBN Editorial Board, authorised by the Jury, and the voting by the Electoral College and the citizens of the country. Over the years, the recipients of this prestigious award have included PM Manmohan Singh (2006), E Sreedharan (2007), G Madhavan Nair (2008), A R Rahman (2009), Bihar CM Nitish Kumar (2010), and Anna Hazare and team (2011).