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NDTV today presented the ‘Indian Of The Year’ awards that acknowledge distinguished visionaries, political figures, sports icons, and entertainers who have not only fortified the pillars of our society but have also contributed to the development of India.

These awards honour individuals who have displayed foresight embraced uniqueness, and redefined the essence of ‘being a true Indian’. The aim of the initiative is to honour exceptional Indians from various fields. The awards recognise those who have thought ahead, dared to be different and redefined the meaning of ‘being a true Indian’.

Here are the live updates from NDTV Indian of the Year Awards:

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NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  “Energy Is Lifeline Of Any Economy,” Says Hardeep Puri

Union Minister Hardeep Puri said, “What you describe as a challenge is also an opportunity. Energy is the lifeline of any economy. If you look at the two biggest economies, the second one is witnessing a plateauing energy consumption lines – pointing to fault lines. The real issue is how to control inflation and fuel prices. At a point when 80 crores were being provided 3 meals of dry ration every day, PM has managed to reduce fuel prices. The BJP-ruled state reduced VAT.”

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  Fireside Chat With Union Minister

Union Minister Hardeep Singh Puri engages in a fireside chat on India’s energy infrastructure in the current global context and the efforts taken by the government in transitioning to cleaner fuels.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  Introducing Squadron Leader Nikita Malhotra

NDTV’s Marya Shakil welcomes Squadron Leader Nikita Malhotra. Squadron Leader Malhotra was conferred with the Vayu Sena Medal on the 75th Republic Day. She was part of the Tangail Formation during the Republic Day flypast over Kartavya Path.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  “Starting Work From Beach,” Says Goa Chief Minister

“Every village is digitally connected. The ‘Har Ghar Fiber’ project is being completed in Panjim and we are starting the “Work From Beach” scheme.  Under this, people can come to Goa, relax, and also work,” Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said.

“We have launched a homestay policy and are readying the infrastructure for that. We want to create human resources. We are making hospitality institutes and skilling up the youth,” he added. 

The Chief Minister said, “We welcome people for spiritual tourism. We have started the Samudra aarti at the promenade at the Miramar beach. Goa in future will be known as Dakshin Kashi. There are many temples. Private investment is coming for yoga wellness centres in Goa.”

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  “We Evolved The Economy”

On Covid hitting tourism in Goa, Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said, “We started the Swayamoorna Goa mission under the PM’s Atmanirbhar Bharat initiative. Then we got the Centre’s schemes and tapped all the central funds to states. We were scared to restart tourism. Goa was the first state to begin tourism after Covid. We revised the various non-tax revenues. Rest, we gave ease of doing business to industries which boosted the economy. With mining, tourism, and industries, we evolved the economy.”

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  In Conversation With Goa Chief Minister

NDTV’s Nikunj Garg engages in a conversation with Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant. Goa was awarded the ‘Best Performing Small State’ award’ at the event. 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  ‘Best Performing Small State’ award

Ustad Amjad Ali Khan presents the ‘Best Performing Small State’ award to Goa. Chief Minister Pramod Sawant received the award. 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – Fun Chat With Kusha Kapila

NDTV’s Arun Singh engages in a fun chat with influencer, bollywood actor Kusha Kapila

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  ‘Innovator of the Year’ award

Peyush Bansal, the founder of Lenskart was awarded the ‘Innovator of the Year’ award. Peyush Bansal transformed a small idea into a multi-billion dollar company. Lenskart is one of the most popular eyewear brands in India.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ award

Zomato co-founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal was awarded the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw. 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  In Conversation With Suvarna Raj

Suvarna Raj, a para-athlete and national awardee, speaks about her journey at the NDTV Indian of the Year awards. 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – “PM’s Focus Is On Democratizing Tech”

“One of the good parts of startup India is we have set up incubators not limited to just IITs. The way the startup ecosystem has evolved, the focus has been on solving real problems. We have focused on giving to women, and smaller towns. PM’s focus was on democratising tech. Tech should be openly accessible,” Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – “Bullet Train Is Progressing Well,” Says Ashwini Vaishnaw

On the bullet trains, Mr Vaishnaw said, “The bullet train is progressing very well. Almost 284 km, 8 rivers, and bridges are completed. under-sea tunnel work has started. The bullet train is not just about transport but about integrating economies.”

“In railways, most of the large systems have shifted to an Automatic Train Protection (ATP) system above 70 km/hour. But earlier governments never cared. Only in 2016, ATP was approved by the Prime Minister and the certification happened in 2019. It is a complex system. India needs a data centre and communication lines and the progress is very fast and rapid,” he said.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – “AI Has Both Benefits, Risks,” Says Ashwini Vaishnaw

“AI has both benefits and risks. The whole construct of our internet has to be seen in that. We need opportunities for our youth and startups. We need AI in forecast etc. Deepfakes must be controlled and we need a law for this. After the election, we must speak on a new law on this,” Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw said.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – In Conversation With Union Minister

NDTV’s Vishnu Som engages in a conversation with Union Minister Ashwini Vaishnaw.  Speaking of semiconductors, the Union Minister said, “They are the foundation. Everything that is switched on and off has a chip. If you need to be Aatmanirbhar (Self-Reliant), we need semiconductors. We have huge talent, close to 30% of global talent is in India. Every R&D is run by Indians. Why should it not be in India? The first attempts were made in every decade and finally, Prime Minister Modi has succeeded in doing it.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – Welcome Address by Poonawalla Fincorp Official

Manoj Gujaran, the Chief Compliance Officer and Head of Legal and CSR, at Poonawalla Fincorp, delivers a welcome address. The next segment will honour Entrepreneurs, Innovators.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards –  Fun Chat With The Audience

NDTV’s Arun Singh engages in a fun chat with ISRO scientists who played a key role behind Chandrayaan-3’s success.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – “CAA Is A Reprieve For The Persecuted,” Says Vice President

“The Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) is a reprieve for the persecuted. India has been a place for the persecuted for centuries. Media has to play its role. Media cannot be a registered, recognised, or unrecognised political party. Some people in the media leveraged decision-making… Media should not be a power-broker. It has to be accountable,” he said.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – “Media Needs To Take Proactive Steps,” Says Vice President

“The media needs to reflect and take proactive steps. Democratic values flourish when there is equality. Equality before the law is the writing on the wall. That some are more privileged, that system has gone,” the Vice President said.

“Global institutions earlier treated us the way they treated our neighbours. All global institutions are praising India, applauding our growth, and recognising our achievements. The rise is unstoppable and we have transformed,” he said. “Gone are the days when we used to wait for the West to develop technology and would wait for it. India is now the epicentre – We harvesting technology. ” Mr Dhankhar said.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – “India An Obvious Peacemaker,” Says Vice President

“We have seen an unprecedented economic rise. The rise was over 7%. We have had exponential growth, envied by the world. Just imagine where we are. With a well-spread-out digital penetration in Tier II cities, people are reaching a level they couldn’t imagine. India is rising. This will be remembered for its accomplishments – India became the voice of the South. We have a robust judicial system and India is an obvious peacemaker for global peace and harmony,” Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar said.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – Vice President Congratulates Awardees

“My congratulations to the distinguished awardees. All of them have earned it and deserve it. An award like this carries credibility. I congratulated the jury for having chosen people who have contributed to the growth and rise of India. This award will inspire many to join our marathon march of Viksit Bharat,” the Vice President said, adding, “Viksit Bharat is a definite and firm promise that in 2047 we will be a developed nation – none will be left behind. In the last decade, development has not been pyramidical, but like a plateau. Benefits went to everyone.”

“Our economy entered the Big 5, leaving behind the UK, Canada, and France. We will be in top three, above Germany and Japan,” he said in his speech.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – Vice President’s Keynote Speech

“I was elected to Parliament in 1989. I came to know KC Tyagi and we have been in touch ever since then. He brings fresh air to politics. He is an antidote to adversarial behaviour. He has no enemies. It is a delightful moment for me to be a part of this,” Vice President Dhankhar said.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – Vice President’s Keynote Address

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar delivered a keynote address at NDTV Indian of the Year awards. 

“I will start with a disclaimer. I have known Sanjay Pugalia for 40 years now. I have seen his transformation from Hindi to English print, from Print to TV…We have in the audience very distinguished people – UK Sinha, Gopal Jain, Sushil Rungta, and Amjad Ali Khan. I know Amitabh Kant from my days as Governor of Bengal… In 2023, Mr Kant was involved in an assignment that could have compromised his career. Organising G20 and P20 was not easy. But he came out with flying colours,” the Vice President said.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – ‘Business Leader of the Year Award’

N Chandrasekharan, the Chairman of the Board of Tata Sons, won the ‘Business Leader of the Year award’. K Kritivasan, the Managing Director & CEO, of Tata Consultancy Services accepted the award on his behalf. 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – ‘Science Icons of the Year’

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar presented the ‘Science Icons of the Year’ to ISRO. The scientists helped India land near the south pole of the Moon and with the successful launch of Aditya-L1 spacecraft to study the Sun.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – ‘The LiFE In India Award’

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar presented ‘The LiFE In India Award’ to Meenakshi Gadge. She was awarded for her contribution to environment conservation and efforts to protect trees.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – ‘Health Leader of the Year Award’

Dr Yazdi Italia wins the ‘Health Leader of the Year Award’. The Vice President presented the award to Dr Italia. He was awarded for his contribution to the research of Sickle Cell Anemia. 

 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – ‘India First Award’

Former NITI Aayog CEO Amitabh Kant wins ‘India First Award’. The Vice President presented the award to Mr Kant. 

 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – Editor-In-Chief Sanjay Pugalia Welcomes Vice President Dhankhar

NDTV’s Editor-In-Chief Sanjay Pugalia welcomed Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar with his address. The Vice President will deliver a keynote address shortly.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – Chief Guest Arrives

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar, the Chief Guest of NDTV Indian of the Year awards, has arrived at the event. 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards 

The event features some of the biggest names from entertainment, politics, business, sports and culture, honouring their contribution to the nation’s progress. 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – Union Ministers At The Event

Union Minister for Housing & Urban Affairs and Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Hardeep Singh Puri and Union Minister for Railways, Communications, Electronics & Information Technology, Ashwini Vaishnaw will be attending the event. The ministers will be presenting awards to winners in different categories.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – A Brief History

Since the very first Indian of the Year was held in 2005, NDTV’s signature event has grown to become an important platform to honour individuals and organisations dedicated to the nation’s progress. The awards have consistently celebrated India’s heroes, famous or unsung, acknowledging their extraordinary contribution to society.

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards – Union Minister To Deliver Keynote Address

Union Minister for Women and Child Development, Smriti Irani, will be attending the NDTV Indian of the Year awards. The minister will also deliver a keynote address. 

NDTV Indian Of The Year Awards: Chief Guest

Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar will be the chief guest at the NDTV Indian of the Year awards. The Vice President will deliver a keynote address. The NDTV Indian of the Year awards will highlight the theme of “India – A Transformative Power”.

NDTV Indian of the Year Awards 

The awards acknowledge distinguished visionaries, political figures, sports icons, and entertainers who have not only fortified the pillars of our society but have also contributed to the development of India.

NDTV Indian of the Year Awards 

A discussion will be held on how India’s digital revolution has been amongst the biggest transformations the country has witnessed in the recent past

NDTV Indian of the Year Awards: The Aim 

The aim of the initiative is to honour exceptional Indians from various fields.

NDTV Indian of the Year Awards 

The awards recognise those who have thought ahead, dared to be different and redefined the meaning of ‘being a true Indian’.



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