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The Greatest Indian: Meet the nominees

Jun 06, 2012 18:22pm
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  • CNN-IBN and History Channel together brings a special series in which we are looking for the greatest Indian after the Mahatma. Following are the 50 short-listed by our experts.
  • The Greatest Indian: Meet the nominees
  • World Chess Champion Vishwanathan Anand started as a child prodigy by solving chess puzzles when he was still in school in Manila, Phillipines where the family had moved. His mother played an important role in grooming the young Anand.
  • The Greatest Indian: Meet the nominees
  • He was often called Acharya or a National Teacher of India and he is considered spiritual successor of Mahatma Gandhi.
  • The Greatest Indian: Meet the nominees
  • Known as the Father of the Indian space programme. Vikram Sarabhai was one of the greatest scientists of India. Apart from being a scientist, he was a rare combination of an innovator, industrialist and visionary. He was greatly influenced by nationalist movement. Vikram Sarabhai was instrumental in establishing the Physical Research Laboratory (PRL) at his house in Ahmedabad.
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  • India's most trusted brand was created not by a mightly Multinational Corporation nor by a great public sector company. The brand of course is AMUL, an extraordinary story of co-operation among farmers across India. AMUL was the brainchild of an engineer from Kerala Verghese Kurien, who went on to become India's milkman.
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  • Described as 'Iron Man of India' Sardar Vallabhai Patel will always be remembered for the stellar role he played in unifying the country by integrating over 500 princely states into the union of India. Patel was Nehru's near equal in leadership qualities, acceptance of the people, indomitable courage, scholarship and statesmanship. Slightly younger to Mahatma Gandhi and older to Nehru, Patel worked with both shoulder to shoulder during freedom struggle.
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  • In the Seventies, The West Indies had the best bowling attack and were undisputed champions of the world. In his debut series to West Indies in 1971 Gavaskar became the first Indian batsman to score three centuries and a double hundred to announce his arrival to Test cricket.
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  • One of the greatest filmmakers of the 20th Century, Satyajit Ray, took Indian cinema to the world through his Bengali films. He won the Oscar award for Lifetime Achievement in 1992. His tryst with international acclaim began with his first film Pather Panchali, winning at the Cannes film festival in 1956.
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  • Fondly known as Sam Bahadur, Sam Manekshaw was an Indian national hero who crafted India's greatest military victories during Bangla liberation war. He was the first Field Marshal of the Indian Army.
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  • It is believed when Sachin Ramesh Tendulkar takes guards to play the gods themselves descend on field to watch him play. Such is his mastery, concentration, talent and ability even opponents can’t help but watch in sheer helplessness and admiration as ball speeds to boundary at regular intervals.
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  • Admired as ‘Warrior of the Fourth Estate’, Ramnath Goenka was independent India’s first media baron, who valiantly fought the Emergency to uphold freedom of expression and other civil rights. Goenka was a freedom fighter and was also a part of the Madras politics before independence.
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  • Lohia was THE original socialist leader in post independence India. Prime Minister Nehru and Lohia were two opposite polars. Though Lohia was influenced by Western thoughts and system, he strongly advocated a pure Indian model. He was a decorated freedom fighter, at times a maverick socialist and a highly respected political leader of international repute. He worked against economic divide & caste inequalities. Lohia’s contribution in the rebuilding of new India is very significant.
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  • Tamil cinema icon Rajinikanth or fondly known as just Rajini by his crores of fans is a true symbol of India's unity in diversity. His ancestors are from Maharashtra, who settled down in Karnataka. Rajinikanth, whose real name is Shivaji Rao Gaekwad started his career as a city bus conductor in Bangalore in the early 1970s.
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  • Actor, director and cinema mogul Raj Kapoor is a giant of Indian cinema. ‘The Showman’ as he was fondly called, led the rise of Bollywood during the Golden Age of Indian cinema.
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  • R K Narayan was regarded as India’s greatest writer in English of the 20th Century and a major World literary figure of his time. The creator of fictional South Indian town Malgudi, R K Narayan was famous for his lucid style. He made intricacies of Indian life accessible to people in the West and rest of the World. Narayan’s works are strikingly original and 100% Indian.
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  • R K Laxman, the creator of 'common man' is way and ahead India's finest cartoonist, and one of the world's best. Laxman's committment and curiosity, his unfailing humour and irony have elevated him to iconic status. It isn't easy to draw cartoons day after day for over 60 years. Laxman has done the job for 'The Times of India' like a true saint. He is one of the most incisive observers of post-independence India. He made millions of Indians smile every single morning for over 60 years and gave the common man of this country; a face, a voice, an identity and a consistent presence and importance in every aspect of our lives.
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  • Pandit Ravishankar is India's greatest living sitarist. His achievements in Indian classical music (such as developing new playing techniques, composing orchestral pieces using Indian instruments and adapting rhythm patterns from the south Indian classical tradition) are widely acclaimed.
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  • N R Narayanamurthy is synonymous with Infosys and India’s IT revolution. He climbed the ladders of phenomenal success without dropping his ethical precepts by the wayside. The Infosys legend began in 1981 when Narayana Murthy dreamt of forming his own company, along with six friends, though-he didn't have any seed money.
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  • As she once said 'Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love', Mother Teresa was embodiment of love and compassion. This Albanian Nun who made India her home to care for millions of unfortunate people has not many parallels in history.
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  • One of Indian cinema’s most popular male playback singers, Mohammed Rafi reigned over the world of Hindi film music for almost 40 years. Be it a romantic number, a classical tune, a patriotic number, ghazal or a bhajan Mohammed Rafi had the ability to adapt his voice to the mood and is considered by many to be the most versatile singer ever in the history of Indian cinema.
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  • ‘The Flying Sikh’ Milka Singh was the first Indian to win a Gold medal in Athletics in Commonwealth Games in 1958 with a timing of 46.16 Seconds. Earlier in Asian Games in the same year he completed a rare ‘double’ by winning both 200 m and 400 m in 21.6 and 47 seconds respectively.
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  • Back in the 1960s, half of India was hungry. While 80% people in the country were farmers, crop yields were meagre due to the lack of infrastructure and modern technology.
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  • It is almost impossible to describe the towering personality M S Subbulakshmi, fondly known as MS. Coming from the Devadasi community, the way MS has fought her disadvantaged situation is remarkable.
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  • As an obituary in ‘Guardian’ rightly puts it, ‘Faultlessly secular and a great promoter of Indian identity, Husain never let his Muslim background stand in the way of his celebration of what he saw as his own heritage of Hindu myth and religion'. With his usual aplomb, he turned his back on his detractors and continued to paint in the name of his multi-religious India elsewhere’.
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  • Though Kishore Kumar is best known as one of Hindi cinema’s most popular singers, the legendary artiste wore many hats including those of an actor, lyricist, scriptwriter and filmmaker.
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  • He won World Cup Cricket for India for the time in 1983. Kapil Dev played 131 Test matches for the country and not even once he was run out, such was his fitness, judgment. It was the same fitness and judgment that helped him run a long distance and take a high-pressure catch to dismiss Vivian Richards which helped India on the way to becoming World cup Champions in ODI in1983.
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  • From a little known Dalit organisation, he created a pan India political party that rose to rule the most populous state of India- Uttar Pradesh, a state that still determines the power equations at the Centre.
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  • Jawaharlal Nehru is undoubtedly the architect of modern India and parliamentary democracy. A scholar and a statesman par excellence. Nehru, who still holds the record of serving the longest term in office, had the unmatched aura of struggle and sacrifice before Independence.
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  • J R D Tata was known as a perfectionist among his peers. The only industrialist to get India’s highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna, JRD was a pioneer aviator who started civil aviation in India.
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  • She did not believe in free thinking like her great father. She took a different route and hailed as the 'Iron Lady' of India. But, Indira Gandhi is remembered for liberating Bangladesh in 1971, pro-poor programmes like 20-20, Bank nationalisation, consolidating India's power at international level and the introduction of social justice in her party.
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  • E Sreedharan is one of the most celebrated international personalities in the field of Project Management. He is famously described as the Metro Man of India for his role in the creation of the Delhi Metro Railway and changing the way the people of national capital commute.
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  • The Chief Architect of India's Constitution. He challenged the untouchability in a democratic manner and was the most powerful and credible voice against its practice.
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  • His heart-rending performances in the 40s and 50s won him the title “Tragedy King” in a career that spanned over 5 decades. He was the first actor to win the Filmfare Award for Best Actor a record 8 times indeed very few actors have left a legacy of excellence like Dilip Kumar has.
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  • Hockey once had such a following not only in India but all over the world when spectators thronged to see India play. The man responsible for taking hockey to such dizzying heights was Major Dhyan Chand. Such was his control, when he moved with the ball; it looked as it was attached to his stick. His dribbling was poetry in motion that captured the imagination of thousands of fans throughout the world. Don Bradman the cricket maestro who once watched Dhyan Chand in a match in Adelaide in 1935 said afterwards, ‘He scores goals like runs in cricket’.
  • The Greatest Indian: Meet the nominees
  • Dhirubhai Ambani built India's largest private business conglomerate 'Reliance', which became the first Indian company to feature in Forbes-500 list.
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  • Dev Anand the original Peter Pan of Indian films is undoubtedly an evergreen legend. For more than six decades Dev Anand, fondly called Dev Saab, entertained audiences across the globe with his unique acting style & his charismatic persona.
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  • A modern saint, who dedicated his entire life to the cause of sick, poor, downtrodden, tribals, national peace and unity. His ashram ‘Anandwan’ has been a home to thousands of leprosy patients and others for over 60 years. He appeared on the national scene in a big way through his ‘Knit India’ or ‘Bharat Jodo’ aandolan in the mid 1980s.
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  • Arguably India’s most popular and influential movie star Amitabh Bachchan has been a larger than life icon for almost 4 decades now. Though Amitabh made his debut as an actor in 1969, it was his breakthrough performance in Prakash Mehra’s ‘Zanjeer’ in 1973 that catapulted him to stardom.
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  • Amartya Sen, India’s only Nobel laureate in Economics is a very rare example of an academician who has had a major effect on politics and public movements. His work on the causes of famine changed public perceptions all over the World. He showed why thousands might starve even when a country's food production has not gone down. He redefined the way the developed World deals with the issues like poverty, famine and malnourishment etc. Amartya Sen created the United Nations' Human Development Index, which has become the most authoritative international source of welfare comparisons between countries.
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  • The title Mozart of Madras sums up the personality of A R Rahman. As 'Time' magazine rightly describes ' Like Gershwin or Lennon-McCartney, the name A R Rahman stands for melody, quality, energy, instant hummability; a sound both personal and universal, devouring many older forms and transforming them into something gorgeously new ' the music man of modern India has no parallel in the world of cinema.
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  • Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam fondly known as just Kalam was people's President. He is a scientist & a visionary par excellence. He is often referred to as the "Missile Man of India". A P J Abdul Kalam was the Project Director of India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle - SLV-III.
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  • Known as the Ajaatshatru (a person with no enemies) in Indian politics, Atal Bihari Vajpayee is one of the most admired public figures. He is liked by both his admirers and opponents. A true believer in the culture of consensus Vajpayee led a fractious coalition government for Six years from 1998-2004. His first term in office lasted for just 13 days in 1996. As India's first non-Congress foreign minister during post Emergency years, he was credited with maintaining the most cordial relationship with Pakistan.
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  • Chakravarthi Rajagopalachari, known as Rajaji or C.R., was a lawyer, writer, statesman and a Hindu spiritualist. He was the first Governor-General of independent India.
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  • Yogacharya B K S Iyengar is a living legend. He is described as a philosopher, a scientist and an artist of Yoga. He is considered to be one of the foremost yoga teachers in the world and has been practicing and teaching yoga for more than 80 years.
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  • Fondly known as 'Gujarat's Big Ben', she is the only Indian who is a member of The Elders, the most influential independent group of global leaders who work together for peace and human rights. She counts World leaders Nelson Mandela, Arch Bishop Desmond Tutu and Kofi Annan among her close friends and associates.
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  • Indefatigable optimist Ghanshyam Das Birla was an iconic industrialist and a great patron of freedom movement. He was one of closest associates of Mahatma Gandhi. The discrimination he faced during the early days of business venture in Calcutta made him anti-British.
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  • Jayaprakash Narayan was the voice of the people during the Emergency. He mobilised the people against the dictatorial tendencies of Indira Gandhi.
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  • Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was one of the most romantic figures of the freedom movement. Kamaladevi Chattopadhyay was born into an aristocratic yet independent-minded family from Mangalore.
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  • Full credit for the establishment of India's nuclear research program, and its nuclear weapons program, must be given to Dr. Homi Jehangir Bhabha, a man who throughout his life dominated both the scientific and policy spheres of India's nuclear affairs, first bringing the Indian nuclear program to life and then setting its priorities and direction.
  • The Greatest Indian: Meet the nominees
  • A modern saint, who dedicated his entire life to the cause of sick, poor, downtrodden, tribals, national peace and unity. His ashram ‘Anandwan’ has been a home to thousands of leprosy patients and others for over 60 years. He appeared on the national scene in a big way through his ‘Knit India’ or ‘Bharat Jodo’ aandolan in the mid 1980s.
  • The Greatest Indian: Meet the nominees
  • The Greatest Indian: Meet the nominees
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