It's that time of the year again when CNN-IBN honours the contribution of some of the most iconic role models of brand India. The seventh edition of the Indian of the Year awards - one of the biggest and most credible awards in Indian media - on Wednesday recognised those Indians whose contribution to the country in the calendar year 2012 strengthened the foundation of the Indian society. 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.
Here are the names of the winners in the different categories:
Politics: Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar won the Indian of the Year in politics category for being the architect of the BJP's win in the state. Other nominees in the category were Union Sports Minister Ajay Maken for making consistent efforts to reform Indian sports, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav for scripting his party's stunning win in India's most politically critical state, Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh for being one of the most dynamic and no-nonsense ministers in UPA-II, Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithiviraj Chavan for shoring up his party's image through personal probity and Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal for successfully defying a four decade anti-incumbency tradition in the state.
Sports: The winner of the Indian of the Year 2012 in the sports category was chess legend Viswanathan Anand for defending his title for the third time in a row and becoming the king of the world yet again. The other nominees were billiards ace Pankaj Advani for claiming eight world titles at just 27 years of age, shuttler Saina Nehwal for winning India's first Olympic medal in badminton and four titles on the circuit that saw her regain her No 3 world ranking, wrestler Sushil Kumar for being the first Indian individual athlete to win back-to-back medals at the Olympic Games, shooter Vijay Kumar for decimating some big names on his way to winning a silver at the London Olympics and cricketer Virat Kohli for cementing his status as the next big thing of Indian cricket.
Entertainment: In the keenly watched category, the award was won by actor Irrfan Khan for contributing to make a splash both in domestic as well as international cinema. The other nominees were actor Aamir Khan and Team Satyamev Jayate for successfully using TV as a medium for social change, actor Ranbir Kapoor for his endearing performance in 'Barfi', selected as India's entry to the Oscars, the evergreen Sridevi for charming her way back into the audience's hearts with 'English Vinglish', filmmaker SS Rajamouli for delivering a hit with a housefly in his innovative blockbuster 'Eega' and Vidya Balan for proving that heroine-oriented films not only work in Bollywood but can be super hits too.
Business: In this category, Yusuf Hamied of Cipla won the Indian of the Year award. Other nominees included Chanda Kochhar of ICICI, N Chandrasekaran of TCS, Nitin Paranjpe of HUL, Rahul Bhatia of Indigo and Rajiv Bajaj of Bajaj Auto.
Public Service: Healthcare legend Dr Devi Shetty was chosen 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.
Special achievement: Olympic medalist boxer MC Mary Kom, actor Aamir Khan and Team Satyamev Jayate and Agni Putri Tessy Thomas and team DRDO were awarded for special achievements in their fields.
Lifetime achievement award: The award was given to the Heroes of Rezang La, 13 Kumaon's C Company beat back the Chinese in 1962 in a heroic battle.
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).