Mr. Sorabjee has been a Senior Advocate of the Supreme Court of India since 1971. He was the Attorney General of India from 1989-90 and again from 1998-2004. He was awarded the Padma Vibhushan in 2002, India’s second highest civilian honour.
Harish Salve is one of India's leading lawyers, in the areas of Constitutional, Commercial and Taxation Laws. He served as Solicitor General of India from November 1999 to 2002. Mr. Salve is a member of notable associations in the Legal fraternity and has authored numerous articles
Kunal Bahl is co-founder and CEO of Snapdeal, one of India’s largest online marketplaces. Prior to turning entrepreneur, Mr. Bahl worked with Microsoft's emerging markets group. He is an Engineering Graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and an MBA from Wharton University.
Kiran Mazumdar- Shaw is the founder-chairperson of India’s largest publicly traded biopharmaceutical company, Biocon. She was listed the 85th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes last year.
Mohanlal Viswanathan Nair is a four time National award winning Indian actor and producer. He is noted for his versatility, unique body language and ability to get into the character’s skin.
Under Deepak Parekh’s leadership, HDFC has grown from a mortgage provider to a financial powerhouse. He is regularly consulted by the government on a range of policy issues.
The former President of NASSCOM, Kiran Karnik has worked closely with government and industry for the advancement of the IT sector. He has been instrumental in promoting India's technology strength to the world.
The face of Indian tennis for over two decades now, Leander Paes is undoubtedly the most successful professional tennis player this country has produced. Starting his Davis Cup career at the early age of 16, Paes went on to greater heights becoming one of the greatest doubles players of all time, with wins at all the Grand Slam tournaments, even becoming the oldest to do so when he won the US Open Men’s Doubles title in 2013. An accomplished Davis Cup player who has led India in many a memorable battle, Leander also became the first Indian to win an individual Olympic medal when he won the bronze medal at the ’96 Atlanta Olympics. A distinguished sportsperson who wears his heart on his sleeve, Leander was also bestowed with the country’s highest sporting honour – the Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna, as well as the Arjuna Award and the Padma Shri for his outstanding contribution to the sport in India.
In 2014, India witnessed an epic political battle, at the centre of which was none other than Narendra Modi. The longest serving BJP Chief Minister’s party saw a historic win, forming the first single party majority Government in three decades. Running a never seen before presidential style campaign, addressing over 450 rallies across the country, Modi finally won what he called 'The Verdict of Hope.' India's 14th Prime Minister is our CNN-NEWS18 Indian of the year 2014, for making the story of the Lok Sabha elections 2014, the story of Narendra Modi.
Currently the Union Finance Minister, Arun Jaitley is credited with ending the festering and unresolved leadership issues within the BJP post the Vajpayee - Advani era. He played a crucial role in projecting Narendra Modi as BJP's PM candidate. A man for all seasons, he has also been NDA's Chief Crisis Manager.
India's shooters have been fairly successful on the world stage but never has anyone dominated like the Army Marksman. A phenomenal run started in June 2014 with three World Cup Medals including a Gold; then came the Commonwealth Gold, a world championship Silver and an Olympic ticket followed by India's first Gold at Incheon - a remarkable feat from a relative unknown at the beginning of 2014.
N Chandrasekaran is known for his management and leadership style. He has been the CEO and MD of TCS since October 2009 and was re-appointed a few months ago by the company's board for another five year term. His ability to push boundaries and inspire his leadership team to do the same has helped the $13 billion-plus software gorilla to sprint ahead of others in growth and valuation metrics.
An investment banker, an author and now a screenplay writer, Chetan Bhagat has churned six best-selling novels, four of which have been adapted into films including the record breaking 3 Idiots and this year’s 100 crore hit 2 States. He turned scriptwriter with Salman Khan’s 200 crore hit Kick and now plans to turn producer with the film adaptation of his latest, Half Girlfriend.
Not even bullets can silence this journalist! In 2012, Tongam Rina, the Associate Editor of Arunachal Times was shot at close range for writing against the endemic corruption in her state. Now recovered from her injuries, she continues her journalism of courage highlighting how hydro-dams and tribal fault lines are tearing Arunachal Pradesh apart. Rina is the only Indian journalist to have found a place in the list of '100 Information Heroes' released by ‘Reporters Without Borders’ this year.
Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella is the third CEO in technology giant Microsoft’s history. Nadella has successfully avoided fading into the giant shadows of his predecessors Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer. Sensing the wind, he is steering Microsoft from a Device and Services company to cloud services, the department he once headed. For successfully breaking the glass ceiling as one of America’s icons, CNN-NEWS18 awards him the Indian of the Year 2014 in the Global Indian category.
The credit for the oldest statehood movement of India this that led to the creation of Telangana in 2014 goes to K Chandrasekhar Rao. A former TDP leader, who a decade ago broke ranks and resuscitated the Telangana movement, Rao is now the first Chief Minister of India's 29th state.
IPS officer P. Vijayan is the force behind the Student Police Cadet Project that started in Kerala and is now set to go national. The project trains high school students to respect the law and develop empathy for vulnerable sections of society. Vijayan's own journey from a child labourer to an IPS officer is not just an inspiration to many, it has also motivated him to initiate several novel schemes to promote education among poor children.
2014 saw Kangana Ranaut position herself as a fearless actor who prefers to speak her mind on and off the screen. Few actresses have successfully carried films solo like Kangana who gave a critically applauded performance in Vikas Bahl's commercial success Queen followed by an experimental film like Revolver Rani.
Unlike most of his sporting contemporaries, Pankaj Advani does not have the lure of the Olympics to motivate himself. But motivation is not an issue for the master of the green baize. Continuing India's legacy in Billiards and Snooker, Advani won an incredible Four World titles in 2014. At 29, he is the only Indian to have won twelve World titles.
The Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi’s organization Bachpan Bachao Aandolan has rescued over 82,000 children from a life of exploitation. The seeds of his mission were sown in the by-lanes of Vidisha in Madhya Pradesh where a young Satyarthi even sold samosas to take care of poor children.The inequalities of society bothered him so much that he dropped his surname Sharma to become Kailash Satyarthi. An engineer by profession, he found no interest in circuit boards and electrical experiments and dedicated all his efforts to Bachpan Bachao Aandolan, an organization which conducts raid and rescue operations to free child workers.
The famously reclusive Chairperson of WIPRO, Azim Premji launched the Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiative in 2014 to fund non-profit organizations working in key areas like nutrition, disabilities and governance. An engineering graduate from Stanford, Premji has given away more than four billion dollars in the last four years, making him one of India's biggest philanthropists.
For Mangalyaan its mission to Mars that had the world gasping in 2014, Team ISRO is a winner! But it is not just that; with a committed team of scientists and engineers, ISRO has proved itself time and again as one of the best teams in cracking the mysteries of space exploration. It made its mark with Chandrayaan, its mission to the moon that discovered water, a feat not achieved by many others in the world. Its best known is Mangalyaan, the mission to Mars that was developed in just fifteen months, making India the first country to get it right in its very first attempt; the cost being just 12 rupees for each kilometre of distance travelled. ISRO is now testing technologies to send our own astronauts into space.
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