It was a cold,windy evening on the sprawling lawns of Hotel Imperial,Delhi,where the NDTV Indian of the Year 2008 Awards were held. It was a touching moment for all,when the families of slain police officers from the Mumbai terror attacks,gathered on stage to receive jointly,The Indians Of The Year Award. Kavita Karkare,wife of ATS Chief Hemant Karkare accepted the award from Home Minister,PChidambaram. An emotional Chidambaram said,This was a showcase of some unbelievable courage. I salute them all.
Conducted by SMS and internet polls,the entire nation this year,fittingly,voted for real life heroes. A special honour was also conferred upon Director General of NSG,JK Dutta,as he accepted the award from Chief of Army Staff General Deepak Kapoor and Air Chief Marshall FH Major.
While Shiela Dixit was awarded the Leader of the Year award for her hattrick,Omar Abdullah,the new CM of Jammu and Kashmir won GenNext Politician of the Year. LK Advani was given the lifetime achievement award whereas The Moon Team was declared the extraordinary Indian of the Year.
Deepak Parekh,Chairperson of HDFC Bank,and the man who has recently been assigned the daunting task of turning around Satyam,won the business leader of the year award. Aamir Khan,a rare vision at award functions was present with wife Kiran Rao,and he accepted the award for entertainer of the year for Taare Zameen Par and Ghajini. This is a different platform from film award functions, said Khan,explaining his presence.