Father of the Indian Constitution Dr B.R. Ambedkar was voted as the ‘Greatest Indian’ in a poll spearheaded by History TV18 and CNN IBN.

Nearly two crore votes were cast making him the most popular Indian figure since the launch of the initiative.

He also garnered the second highest jury votes in the three-pronged process which gave equal weightage to the popular vote, a jury and an on-ground poll.

Others who made it to the top 10 list included Jawaharlal Nehru, Mother Teresa and Sachin Tendulkar.

Ajay Chacko, President, A+E Networks | TV18, said: “History TV18’s attempt has been to create interest across generations in the subject in an informal and entertaining way. This partnership with CNN IBN enables History TV18 to bring forth the inspiring figures over the years, who have had the maximum impact on the country's present and future.”

He added that India has always been identified as a cricket and Bollywood crazy nation, “so it feels heartening to find nation builders and leaders topping the list”.

Meenakshi.v@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on August 14, 2012)
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