Satyamev Jayate bags 'Indian of The Year' Award by CNN IBN

Star India CEO Uday Shankar and team Satyamev Jayate recognised for their path-breaking initiative …

Friday, December 14, 2012 | 1:20:18 PM IST (+05:30 GMT)
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India's most influential TV show Satyamev Jayate on Wednesday bagged the prestigious CNN-IBN Indian of The Year – Special Achievement Award 2012 for its path breaking initiative.

This accolade for Satyamev Jayate follows soon after recognition by the Government of India earlier this year. The National Commission had rewarded the show for Scheduled Castes for its efforts to create awareness against social discrimination in October.

Satyamev Jayate won the CNN-IBN 'Indian of The Year' award under Special Achievement category along with Olympian Mary Kom and missile scientist Dr. K.C. Thomas.

Star India CEO Uday Shankar and the Satyamev Jayate team were honoured for their remarkable contribution in highlighting several social ills that continue to plague modern India and to help create awareness against such evils through the pioneering TV program.

"This award is extremely special to us at Star as responses from viewers were critical in deciding a winner. Satyamev Jayate was an initiative to offer a public platform to issues that concern all Indians and it's quite humbling to see these efforts being recognized," Uday Shankar, CEO of Star India said.

Satyamev Jayate was also nominated in the most influential entertainer of the year category for its innovative use of television as a medium for social change. It was a landmark show in Indian television that set new benchmarks from the very first episode earlier this year. Star India was instrumental in helping conceive the show that also demonstrated how TV could be an effective tool to influence social change and empower people.

CNN-IBN Indian of the Year is one of the biggest and the most credible awards that are decided on the basis of votes from the general public as well as the eminent citizens of India. The award has been recognizing outstanding contributions by Indians to nation- building for the past seven years.

The winners were selected through a four-tier process that began with selecting nominees in different categories by senior editors of Network18 which is ratified by a jury consisting of Padma awardees and concluded with polling by citizens from across the globe to choose their favourite Indians.

Satyamev Jayate reached a third of India's population, airing simultaneously in multiple languages. It was the most-talked about show during its 13-week run, questioning social mores, helping shape mindsets and leaving an imprint on the minds of people with compelling tales from everyday life.

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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 8:59pm
GREAT!!!!!! ..Congratulations TeamSMJ..STARPlus...STAR INDIA!!!!!!... no comparison in any aspect... ..this show made us ready to accept the change,fearlessly,sensitively, proudly ..a big salute !!!... waiting for SMJ2

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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 6:43pm
I have been all for SMJ from the time it started. I appreciate what they achieved and it's a big slap on haters who tried to trash this show, still honestly speaking SMJ did not deserve this award. Several other shows have made great impact but did not get awards. SMJ had enough in its kitty - honours from government, attention in international media so now this one was a bit of an overdose. SMJ did have certain flaws in its execution and coverage of certain issues. So it was not an entirely superlative effort that it merits so many achievements. Still congratulations to the team.

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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 9:48am
Very well deserved indeed.

And definitely a very productive use of this forum to bring about social change.

Hats off to the team - great job.

Lets see more of this.


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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 5:41am
it was well deserved.Congrats to the entire team of SJ.Hoping to see such shows in future too.

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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 4:15am
congratulations to the team SJ.
A very well deserved award

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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 4:09am
i always followed the views of AK in SJ...they deserve to get the award..congrats aamir...we r happy...

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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 3:17am
congrats to the whole SJ team...they deserved please Aamir come back soon with SJ season 2...i am waiting eagerly for it

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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 3:03am
I honestly find Crime Patrol and Gumraah much better!!!!!

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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 2:32am
Very Well deserved award ..

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Posted on: 14 December 2012 at 2:10am
Congratulations. Besides Season 2, I think they should do an update on the past episodes to see what promises/progress have been kept/made. No offence, hope you all agree

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