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Newsmakers of 2011

They take the prize




The TOI-Crest honours list for the newsmakers who made 2011 interesting.

DIGVIJAY SINGH


THE NAVJOT SIDHU AWARD For reasoned political discourse. And that's not an RSS feed

CHIDAMBARAM


THE HOME ALONE AWARD For getting isolated by some Cabinet colleagues not to mention the opposition

MAYAWATI


THE RAMANUJAM AWARD For theorising that dividing UP into four states will multiply her votes

AMBANI BROTHERS


THE DON CORLEONE AWARD For trying to show the world that the family comes first

KIRAN BEDI


THE ANNA HAZARE 'FARE PLAY' AWARD For flying economy while charging business class

MAMATA BANERJEE


THE PRAKASH KARAT AWARD For placing Marx over Spencer and blocking retail FDI and pension reforms

ANNA HAZARE


THE HAWKINS AWARD For showing that pressure can bring things to a boil very 'fast'

L K ADVANI


THE MICHAEL SCHUMACHER AWARD For making a comeback on the yatra circuit and unsettling younger rivals

TIHAR JAIL


THE DIWAN-E-KHAS AWARD
For getting its own Raja and an entire durbar of VIPs

BABA RAMDEV


THE FAIR & LOVELY AWARD For campaigning against black money while looking fetching in a salwar kameez

KAPIL SIBAL


THE SHOONYA SAMRAT AWARD India may have discovered the zero, but Sibal discovered zero loss

B S YEDDYURAPPA


THE FEVICOL AWARD For sticking to his chair. Yeddy, steady, wouldn't go till he was kicked out

POONAM PANDEY


THE SUNNY LEONE AWARD For hogging the limelight while keeping her shirt on

AMITABH BACHCHAN


THE GRAND-PA PRIZE For beating Aby to the buzzer in announcing the baby. Cho tweet

NIIRA RADIA


THE DALE CARNEGIE AWARD For winning friends and influencing people

SACHIN TENDULKAR


THE MEN-WHO-PAUSE AWARD For keeping over a billion people waiting for that elusive hundred

VIJAY MALLYA


THE CHRIS GAYLE AWARD For maintaining his flamboyance even when all seems lost

MONTEK SINGH AHLUWALIA


THE MONEYPENNY AWARD For showing how far Rs 32 can go

OMAR ABDULLAH


THE CHARACTER ACTOR AWARD For his repeated 140-character invitations to controversy

RAHUL DRAVID


THE DHRITARASHTRA AWARD For fathering a hundred with
ease but losing the war


VIDYA BALAN


THE SILK CUT AWARD For stirring up the perfect storm in a D-cup

RAHUL GANDHI


THE WILDLIFE AWARD For campaigning to put the elephant on the endangered list

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