Raghav Bahl

Awards like these are very cathartic exercises for a television news organization… Do you divorce a person’s achievement from his or her legacy? If yes, how much? Are we in the business of selecting saints or to select people who made an impact and have a contribution? There were many passionate debates around these questions through which we came to certain conclusions…

  Rajdeep Sardesai

Our sole aim for these awards really; because there are numerous awards, has been to try and make them as credible as possible. This is not a star parade. This is not necessarily about being famous, it’s actually… we would like to believe about real achievement; and as you will see with a number of our winners. They are people who in their own small or big ways have truly made a difference in 2007…

  Soli Sorabjee

Ultimately we took into account inputs that we had received from the Editorial Board, the Electoral College, popular vote, the Jury and we adopted a criteria and it was that the person to be selected as the Indian of the Year - his work and achievements should have substantially contributed to the nation and they must be of an enduring nature…

  P Chidambaram

Politics is about bringing everything together so we can make our country a great country. Great in sports, great in business, great in knowledge, great in invention, great in fostering peace and harmony. All this can be brought together only by politics. And therefore I am quite proud to be in politics and proud to call myself a politician. I’m also happy that someone as unsparing and scathing like Network18 recognizes politicians as a category deserved to be awarded occasionally…

  Vishwanathan Anand

I would like to thank CNN-IBN for making me the Indian of the Year. As you know 2007 was a very special year for me. So it’s just a perfect year and I think this award really caps it and makes it a nice finish for 2007 which will be a very special year for me…

  OP Bhatt

I feel truly honoured especially for a public sector person this recognition has come for the first time… I am humble and this award puts on me a great duty as for the rest of my life I have to live as the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year. And after winning this award we owe it to the award to strive and to rise; to come within the top 10 banks of the world…

  Jaideep Sahni & Shimit Amin

Film-making is perhaps one of the most collaborative things mankind has ever invented. So we are aware that we stand here as representatives of two groups of wonderful people who touched our work and made it what it is… Maharaj Krishan Kaushik for opening your camp, your training, and your heart and the hearts of your players to us, and for showing us what patriotism team spirit and determination is in every day’s work and not grand concepts…
And ofcourse all the unsung heroes of daily activities… the backbone, the real centre forward for the team Shah Rukh Khan; whose experience is far superior than ours… So he helped us incredibly and without him we wouldn’t be here…

  Arun Sarin

I hope this award is an inspiration for young people because everything is possible. Work hard, push the envelope, and if this kid from Pachmarhi, Madhya Pradesh can do it, so can you! Cheers…

  E Sreedharan

This is a very proud moment for me. It’s a great honour, it’s a great recognition to receive the CNN-IBN award – The Indian of the Year for Public Service. We are happy that whatever we have done has been recognized by the country at large and infact the award that I’m receiving today is the award for Delhi Metro Rail Corporation and not to me in person…

  RK Laxman

I thank the organizers for choosing me as the recipient of this prestigious award… Mrs. Kamala Laxman on his behalf - I would like to thank CNN-IBN for recognizing what he has done for the last 60 years and for giving this valuable award…

  E Sreedharan –
(on winning the IOTY)

In all these we had put together 2-3 values as our pillars for organizational values; the integrity of individuals; professional competence and that time is money…

  APJ Abdul Kalam

When I saw every Indian achiever of the year I remembered a famous saying Thyagaraja Keerthana, Endaro Mahanubhavulu…which means that the great human beings, the great souls, we all salute them! I salute the great event…
Friends when I see all of you, some young people here; you will ask yourself how all these achievements came... from RK Laxman to Indian of the Year... how did they achieve? It looks to me that they had 4 things in common for all; they had a great aim in life…; they went on acquiring knowledge…; sweat and hardwork…; they were not afraid of problems... they defeated all problems and succeeded…

          
 
   
 
   
          
 
   
 
   
          
   
   
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