Naina Lal Kidwai
Naina Lal Kidwai is Country Head, Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation, India. The first Indian woman to graduate from Harvard Business School, in 1982, Kidwai has established herself as one of India's best bankers, a shrewd negotiator with a talent for anticipating new sectors of growth. Fortune magazine listed Kidwai among the World's Top 50 Corporate Women from 2000 to 2003. She is the first Indian woman to graduate from the Harvard Business School.
 
Shabana Azmi
Shabana Azmi is a film actress as well as a social activist, and her performances in films in a variety of genres have earned her praises and awards. Also a social activist, she received the National Film Award consecutively for three years from 1983 to 1985 for her roles in movies, Arth, Khandhar and Paar. Another film Godmother (1999) earned her another National Film Award, taking her tally to five. She is married to Indian poet and lyricist Javed Akhtar.
 
Aruna Roy
Aruna Roy is a political and social activist who served as a civil servant in the Indian Administrative Service from 1968-1974, before resigning to become a social activist and working to empower villagers in Rajasthan. She is best-known for her campaigns to better the lives of the rural poor in Rajasthan, and as the head of Mazdoor Kisan Shakti Sangathana, which she founded in 1990, and which worked towards the successful enactment of 'Rajasthan Right to Information Act'. In 2000, she was awarded with the Ramon Magsaysay Award in Community Leadership. In 2005, she was amongst the 1000 peacewomen from 150 countries, nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.
 
Viswanathan Anand
Viswanathan Anand became the undisputed World Champion in 2007 and defended his title against Vladimir Kramnik in 2008. With this win, he became the first player in chess history to have won the World Championship in three different formats: Knockout, Tournament, and Match. Anand is one of five players in history to break the 2800 mark on the FIDE rating list. He was at the top of the world rankings five out of six times, from April 2007 to July 2008. In 2007 he was awarded India's second highest civilian award, the Padma Vibhushan. He is also the first recipient of Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award in 1991–92, India's highest sporting honour.
 
Fali S Nariman
Fali Sam Nariman, Indian Constitution expert and senior advocate is a legal luminary and has played an important role in both establishing and enforcing the rule of law in India. He has been President of the Bar Association of India since 1991. He was nominated by the President of India as Member of Parliament in 1999 for a full term of six years. He has been awarded many prestigious national and international awards like Padma Vibhushan and Padma Bhushan and Gruber Prize for Justice.
 
Dr Prannoy Roy
Dr. Prannoy Roy, Chairman NDTV, brought the country to the edge of its seat with his innate knack of translating the complicated facts of election politics and budget number crunching into straight-to-the-point analysis. Several years and thousands of anchoring hours on, he has questioned and examined salient facts about how news affects his viewers’ lives. He has been adjudged the television personality of the millennium by the Indian Express poll and has contributed to various national and international publications. Dr Roy has a doctorate in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics and is a Qualified Chartered Accountant from London. He has also served as an Economic Advisor to the Ministry of Finance, Government of India.
 
Sonia Varma Singh
Senior Managing Editor, Sonia Varma Singh is a NDTV veteran and has been with the company for the past 17 years. As an anchor of popular shows 'India 60 Minutes' and ‘Your Call’, she has won acclaim from both critics and viewers for her work. Conferred by FICCI with the ‘Young Leader Award’, Sonia Varma Singh has interviewed the country’s top politicians, bureaucrats and stars. Sonia’s forte is her ability to understand the viewer’s mind and sift through stories of different genres accordingly. She strongly believes NDTV is a channel synonymous with people’s trust and aspires to lead a team that will reflect the priorities of a new, more caring India.
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In recent years Raj Thackeray has been in the news for all the wrong reasons and this Maratha manoos simply likes it. A rabble rouser and demagogue to the core, he has given competition to none other than his own aging and agonizing uncle Bal Thackeray from whom he learnt the art of demagoguery and divisive politics.
NDTV Indian of the Year 2009
People from different walks of life come together for NDTV Indian of the Year Awards.
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