India’s Person of the Year

As the year draws to a close, I’d like to present my thoughts on which Indians have made the greatest contribution to the building of Indian society. For some publications, like TIME magazine, the renown Person of the Year title is less of an honor and more of a recognition. Let us not forget that Adolf Hitler has been named TIME’s Person of the Year in the past.

However, for my blog, I’d like this to represent both: an honor and recognition for what certain individuals have done for India within the past year. Please feel free to cast your votes, and share who you thought may have been left of my list this year…or who we’ll know about next year.


The Prime Minister Building Bridges

Manmohan Singh – for shepherding the Indian economy through the recession into a better position and building up strong ties with allies.

During the past year, we have seen India’s Prime Minister engage in the two most important roles of his job: Build relations with other nations to strengthen India and; keep India safe. He has done both, through great governance and tremendous leadership. This has been a great year for India and a lot of the credit for that goes to him.


The greatest has become greater

Sachin Tendulkar – for his double century.

I spoke about this accomplishment during an interview with National Public Radio (NPR) in the United States. For those of you who follow American sports, I explained it as though it were like hitting four grand slams in an American baseball game or that it was similar to Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game. I doubt we’ll see this from any one again anytime soon…unless it’s Sachin.

From garage-based engineer to benevolent billionaire

Azim Premji – for donating $2 billion to Indian early education.

Not only has Mr. Premji built an empire that started in his garage. He has shown that the greatest lesson one learns in building a business is to share your good fortune with others. He did this recently with a $2 billion pledge to education in India. The greatest part about his nomination is that it will make him a candidate for the SanjayPuri.com Person of the Year award for years to come.

Let me know your thoughts.  Which of these people should be India’s Person of the Year…Or do you have your own nominees or predictions for next year?

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