From Jawaharlal Nehru and Lata Mangeshkar to Vikram Sarabhai and
E. Shreedharan - a list of Indians who have shaped the country
since its independence, have been listed under various categories
as part of an initiative by History TV18 and CNN IBN to win "The
Greatest Indian" title.
As many as 50 nominees across five categories - political leaders,
arts and social leaders, movie related, entrepreneurs and idea
leaders and sports and administrators, have been shortlisted for
Based on British show "The Greatest Briton", which has been
adapted in 21 countries so far, the series, which went on air
Monday, is set to trigger a debate on who is the greatest Indian
after Mahatma Gandhi.
"I'm sure this series will trigger an enthusiastic debate in
homes, offices and public places around the country," Rajdeep
Sardesai, editor-in-chief, IBN18 Network, said in a press
According to Ajay Chacko of A+E Networks | TV18, the poll will
help youth recognise the achievements of country's key
"This partnership with CNN IBN enables HISTORY TV18 to bring forth
the inspiring figures over the years, after the Mahatma, who have
had the maximum impact on the country's present and future.
"While the jury and nationwide polls will ultimately lead to the
search for that one individual who's contribution to India has
been overwhelmingly acknowledged as the most enduring, it also
gives us Indians a chance to be aware of the contributions of many
other great individuals from diverse fields," he said.
The jury for the entire process consists of a panel of 28 Indians
from different walks of life. It includes names like Shashi
Tharoor, Nandan Nilekani, Rajkumar Hirani, Soli Sorabjee, Shabana
Azmi and Arun Jaitley among others.
Along with the nationwide poll, equal weightage will be given to
the jury's selection as well as a separate market research poll
conducted by The Nielsen Company.
At first, a shortlist of the top 10 'Greats' will be decided,
followed by the selection of the 'Greatest Indian'. The shortlist
of top 10 'Greats' is slated to be revealed July 1 and the second
round of voting will begin soon after.
The initiative will culminate with the announcement of The
Greatest Indian in a glittering ceremony to be telecast around
Independence Day this year.
As part of the nationwide poll, viewers can cast their vote by
visiting the website TheGreatestIndian.in or giving a missed call
to a unique number assigned to their nominee of choice.
Here are the names of some leaders listed under each category:
Political leaders - Atal Bihari Vajpayee, B. R Ambedkar, Indira
Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru, APJ Abdul Kalam
Arts and social leaders: Baba Amte, Mother Teresa, Pt. Ravi
Shankar, M. F. Husain, Bismillah Khan
Movie related: Amitabh Bachchan, Raj Kapoor, Rajinikanth, Satyajit
Ray, Dev Anand, Mohammad Rafi
Entrepreneurs and idea leaders: Homi Bhabha, Dhirubhai Ambani,
Ghanshyam Das Birla, J. R. D. Tata, Ramnath Goenka, Amartya Sen
Sports and administrators: Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil
Gavaskar, Dhyan Chand, Viswanathan Anand, Milkha Singh