CNN-IBN announced the Indian of the Year Award 2014 on 18 March 2015. The award recognises the remarkable achievements and contributions of Indians who worked tirelessly towards strengthening India’s foundation in 2014.
The CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award is presented annually to various Indians for their work in their respective fields. The awards are presented in various categories of Politics, Sports, Business, Entertainment, Public Service and Global Indian.
The award was instituted in 2006 and this was the ninth edition of CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Award.
List of the Winners of CNN-IBN Award 2014:
Narendra Modi - Indian of the Year 2014
He was chosen for making the story of Lok Sabha elections 2014 - the story of Narendra Modi.
Arun Jaitley - Indian of the Year 2014: Politics
He is credited with ending the festering and unresolved leadership issues within the BJP post the Vajpayee - Advani era.
Jitu Rai - Indian of the Year 2014: Sports
He won three medals including Gold at World Cup, a Commonwealth Gold, a Silver at World Championship and won India's first Gold at Incheon Asian Games in 2014.
N Chandrasekaran - Indian of the Year 2014: Business
He is known for his management and leadership style. He has been the CEO and MD of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) since October 2009 and was re-appointed a few months ago by the company's board for another five year term.
Chetan Bhagat - Indian of the Year 2014: Entertainment
An investment banker, an author and now a screenplay writer, Chetan Bhagat has churned six best-selling novels.
Tongam Rina - Indian of the Year 2014: Public Service
In 2012, Tongam Rina, the Associate Editor of Arunachal Times was shot at close range for writing against the endemic corruption in her state.
Satya Nadella - Indian of the Year 2014: Global Indian
Hyderabad-born Satya Nadella is the third CEO in technology giant Microsoft’s history.
K Chandrasekhar Rao - Indian of the Year 2014: Popular Choice
He steered the oldest statehood movement of India that led to the creation of Telangana in 2014 and went on to become the first Chief Minister of Telangana.
P Vijayan - Indian of the Year 2014: Popular Choice
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.
Kangana Ranaut - Indian of the Year 2014: Special Achievement
She was recognised for positioning herself as a fearless actor who prefers to speak her mind on and off the screen.
Pankaj Advani - Indian of the Year 2014: Special Achievement
Unlike most of his sporting contemporaries, Pankaj Advani does not have the lure of the Olympics to motivate himself.
Kailash Satyarthi - Indian of the Year 2014: Outstanding Achievement
The Nobel Peace Prize winner of the year 2014. His organization Bachpan Bachao Aandolan has rescued over 82000 children from a life of exploitation.
Azim Premji - Indian of the Year 2014: Outstanding Achievement
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.
The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) - Indian of the Year 2014: Lifetime Achievement
For Mangalyaan its mission to Mars had the world gasping in 2014.