Mumbai Bravehearts chosen Indian of the Year 2008 at NDTV Awards
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Mumbai Bravehearts chosen Indian of the Year 2008 at NDTV Awards

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The "Mumbai Bravehearts", who fought to save the lives of hundreds of innocent people in the November 26 terror attack on the metropolis, have been chosen the NDTV Indian of the Year for 2008.
Mumbai Bravehearts chosen Indian of the Year 2008 at NDTV Awards
Actor Aamir Khan, Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit and Sushma Swaraj at NDTV's Indian of the Year Award ceremony. The Minister for Railways, Lalu Prasad Yadav, can be seen in the background.
Those honoured by the award were Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram G Omble, Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemand Karkare, encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, Hawaldar Gajendra Singh, railway announcer Vishnu Zende, ticket collector Sushil Kumar Sharma, National Security Guard Director General J K Dutta and his commandos and the managements and staff of the Oberoi, Trident and Taj hotels. Those honoured by the award were Assistant Sub-Inspector Tukaram G Omble, Anti-Terrorism Squad chief Hemand Karkare, encounter specialist Vijay Salaskar, Additional Commissioner of Police Ashok Kamte, Hawaldar Gajendra Singh, railway announcer Vishnu Zende, ticket collector Sushil Kumar Sharma, National Security Guard Director General J K Dutta and his commandos and the managements and staff of the Oberoi, Trident and Taj hotels. Kavita, wife of Mr Karkare, Vandana, daughter of Omble, who took on bullets to enable his colleagues to capture terrorist Kasab, Salaskar's daughter Divya and Vinita, wife of Kamte, were amongst those present on the occasion.
Mumbai Bravehearts chosen Indian of the Year 2008 at NDTV Awards
Slumdog Millionaire director Danny Boyle, the Minister for Railways, Lalu Prasad Yadav, actor Anil Kapoor, and actor Aamir Khan at NDTV's Indian of the Year Award ceremony.
Also present were Major Sandip Unnikrishnan's parents and the families of Hawaldar Gajendra Singh and ticket collector Sushil Sharma. NDTV announced the awards of their fourth Indian of Year at a ceremony attended by, among others, Home Minister P Chidambaram. Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit, who won a record third term in office in the recent assembly elections, was honoured with the Leader of the Year Award while shooter Abhinav Bindra, who won a gold at the Beijing Olympics, got the Sportsperson of the Year award. Actor Aamir Khan, making a rare appearance at an awards ceremony, was chosen Entertainer of the Year while HDFC Chairman Deepak Parekh was named Businessman of the Year. SPICMACAY founder Kiran Seth was honoured for Promoting Indian Culture. Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G Madhavan Nair and his team which spearheaded "Chandrayan", India's moon mission, were honoured with the Unsung Hero of the Year award.
Mumbai Bravehearts chosen Indian of the Year 2008 at NDTV Awards
Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh and actor Aamir Khan at NDTV's Indian of the Year Award ceremony.
In special recognition, Omar Abdullah, the new chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, was named GenNext Politician of the year, the cast and crew of movie Slumdog Millionaire for Global Excellence of the Year and lyricist Prasoon Joshi for the song "Maa" from the Hindi movie "Taare Zameen Par". Among others at the function were BJP leaders L K Advani and Sushma Swaraj, Union Ministers Laloo Prasad Yadav and Praful Patel, and actor Anil Kapoor. Launching the evening, NDTV Chairman Prannoy Roy said, "India is currently hit by a terrible slowdown and the government seems to be in a denial mode. The government needs to take immediate and big steps to revive economic growth." Referring to the Mumbai terrorist attack, he added, "Terrorists want to destroy peace and are waiting for us to retaliate. The only way to defeat their purpose is by spreading the message of peace and defeating terrorism by peace in this land of Gandhi". Receiving the Indian of the Year award for his martyr son, Major Sandeep Unnikrishnan's father said, "Our loss, because Sandeep was our only child, is no greater than anyone else's who loses a child. So why say I have lost my only child. My son's soul would be very happy if 50% of J& K people can be rehabilitated. I have complete faith in Indian forces to protect us and strongly disagree with those who doubt the competency of our forces." Chidambaram said the main objective at the present juncture should be to improve the country's level of preparedness and determination to respond swiftly to such terrorist attacks. "I request the people of our country, including government, to change their attitude to fight against any odds and at the same time be a civilized society," he said. Referring to the Satyam episode, Chidambaram said, "Satyam is a case of fraud and not a collapse unlike what has happened in other countries. No bank or NBFC has collapsed in India. In fact PSU Banks will be hiring 60,000 new recruits in the coming fiscal year and we will see a 7% growth," he said. Aamir Khan attributed his success to team effort and said he had been fortunate to have worked with some of the best directors in the Indian film industry. Noting that General Elections were only a few months away, the actor said, "I request our politicians to act responsibly and field candidates with a clean track record and intelligence to govern the country." Ms Dikshit said her goal now was to host the Commonwealth Games successfully in Delhi next year and use the opportunity to transform the capital into a world class city. Mr Advani, who was honoured for Lifetime Achievement, said, "We as politicians have greater responsibility in shaping the country's future as we are always under sharp scrutiny. The country is facing a terrible time but as a nation we should be optimistic and believe in ourselves to overcome these challenges." Mr Parekh, who has been appointed as a director of Satyam, said, "Large sums of money have disappeared from Satyam accounts and my team and I have a huge task of finding the truth". The winners of the awards were chosen through a multi-layered process, guided by a jury that comprised Shashi Tharoor (well-known author and former Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations), Rahul Bajaj (Chairman, Bajaj Auto) , Harsha Bhogle (renowned cricket commentator), Fali S. Nariman (Senior Advocate, Supreme Court of India), Anu Aga (former Executive Chairperson of Thermax Group and social activist) and William Dalrymple ( writer and historian). INT
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