Every Tom, Dick and Harry is coming out with his or her list of most successful Indians of the year. I thought why not I make a sensible list of successful Indians of the year. For the next few days, I intend to list the 15 Best Indians, whom I think has made a mark in their respective fields.
Indian No: 15 Lok Paritran
What will six IIT graduates do when they meet up for a coffee? They start a Political party!!@$?. Lok Paritran was started as Paritrana (“To the end the cause of distress”) in February 2006. These six people gave up their lucrative jobs for a unique cause of serving the country. Although the intention was immaculate, the implementation proved to be an intricate task for them.
In the midst of big media hypes and popularity, they participated in the Tamilnadu State Elections in which they were placed as the Fourth best party based on votes garnered. The public response which they got during the elections was marred by complaints of local party official against the National Party Presidents. Currently they are trying to consolidate in the national political scene in order to participate in Lok Sabha elections.
I can’t come to a conclusion whether Lok Paritran is a fashion or fad, but one thing is certain that even educated people wanted to make a difference in Indian Political scene. Lok Paritran is a start; we need more people like you and me to make a difference in India
A small trivia:
A new youth party called Bharat Uday Mission has been started in Jaipur recently with the same ideologies and service motives.
Leander Paes, this name has been the synonym for Indian Tennis for the last 16 years. From the day he won the Wimbledon Juniors Title, he has been the poster boy of Indian Tennis. It was a memorable year for Leander, in which he reached the Australian Open, doubles finals pairing up with Martin Damm. For the first time in his career, he won the US Open Doubles title pairing up once again with Martin Damm. The best moment for him came in the fag end of 2006, when he regained the Asian Gold Medal for Doubles with Mahesh Bhupathi and won the Asian Gold Medal for Mixed Doubles with Sania Mirza. Whenever he plays for the country, he plays like a man with a mission. 5 Hours on the tennis court with only a small break in between on hostile conditions, hats off to you Leander.
Leander and Mahesh “Please play together and keep the Indian flag flying high”.
Indian No: 13 Kiran Desai
When we talk about contemporary Indian authors, there is only handful of them. If we talk female Indian authors, the number would be meager. Anita Desai was one of the earliest woman writers in India. She was nominated for Booker Prize thrice but never won it. Her daughter Kiran Desai fulfilled her mother’s dream by winning the Booker in 2006 for her book “The Inheritance of Loss”. Kiran Desai was born on September 3rd 1971 in New Delhi. Later her family relocated to UK and finally they settled in US. Her first novel was Hullabaloo in the Guava Orchard, which was published in 1998 won her Betty Task award and Inheritance of Loss was her second book. Kiran Desai is my Indian No: 13 for her stupendous achievement.
Indian No: 12 Himesh Reshamiyya
Although I hate the way this guy sings, I can’t deny the hits he had made this year. He was born on 11th May, 1969 to Vipin Reshamiyya, a Gujarati music director. Himesh started his career as a producer of TV soaps and his first movie as a music director was Bandhan in 1998. He was first noticed with his excellent musical performance in Pyar Kiya to Darna Kiya (1998). Aashiq Banaya Apne and Tere Naam were the focal point in his musical career. As of 2006, he is the top music director with hits like Aksar, Ahista Ahista and Dil Diya Hai. He also released his solo album “Aap Ka Suroor” which was a huge hit. He was criticized for plagiarism and stereotyped music. But the way he spoke about RD Burman and other greats created a big controversy. So it will be good for him to mind his words when he speaks. He is my Indian No.12 for his musical achievement.
Indian No: 11 M.F.Husain
When my friend and colleague, Padhu wrote a blog on how controversies help a brand to become famous, I thought of M.F. Husain. He is neither a Hollywood celebrity nor an Indian politician, but he is still full of controversies. It’s not the controversies that made me to put him in No: 11, but his artistic brilliance. The Peabody Essex Museum in US, one of the prestigious museums in the world is holding a solo exhibition of MF’s paintings from November 2006 to June 2007. What an honour! But he lives as an exile out of India because we people cannot accept nude paintings of Goddesses. We still go to temples where we see nude sculptures of Goddesses and praise the brilliance of yesteryear sculptors. This is the height of hypocrisy. Vulgarity lies in the eyes of the beholder. Are your eyes vulgar?
Indian No.10 Vikram Akula
He is a BA from Tufts, an MA from Yale and Ph.d from the University of Chicago. He goes to Mckinsey to work in the research dept. for 10 years. He does a research on micro financing as a Fulbright scholar and with Worldwatch institute. He then starts a micro finance company called SKS Microfinance, an organization that provides micro loans and insurance to poor women in rural India. Today, SKS has provided over $72 Million as loans to almost 300,000 rural women in the country. It has achieved 161% in portfolio growth. It has also pioneered in providing smart-card facilities in rural India and it is finalizing a pilot project with Visa for the same. A person who strongly believes in fortune at the bottom of the pyramid, has made microfinancing a buzz word for lot many MNCs. He is the Mohammed Yousuf of India. Vikram was recently named to Time Magazine’s 100 people of the year in 2006. There was only one other Indian in the same list.
So he is my No: 10
To be continued
Guess the Indian of the Year….if you can read my mind