1) How come Jawaharlal Nehru and Lata Mangeshkar have made it to the final list while their names were not part of the popular votes’ Top 10?
A. The popular vote is one of 3 modes for judging the Greatest Indian. The other 2 being a ‘jury vote’ and a market research survey conducted by Nielson. So, while contenders like Rajnikant, Kanshi Ram and C Rajagopalachari did well in the popular vote, Lata Mangeshkar, J. Nehru and Indira Gandhi fared better in the other two modes and hence have higher overall scores.
2) Why only greatest Indians after independence not before independence?
A. The pre-independence history of India is dominated by Mahatama Gandhi and it is impossible for anyone to come close to the Father of the Nation when it comes to Leadership, Impact andContribution. But in the 64 years since his death, India has taken huge strides as a nation and a society and we strive to find out who has made the most contribution to this.
3) What is the procedure for voting?/ How do I vote?
A. You can vote for the Nominees via phone or on the website. Every Nominee has been allotted a unique number. To vote for a Nominee simply dial the number allocated to them. All calls to these numbers are FREE. Optionally, you can use your Facebook profile to login to the website and register your vote.
4) What are the different platforms that I can vote from?
A. You can cast a vote for the Indian of your choice either from the website, using your Facebook id, or by dialling the number allotted for that candidate from your phone. All calls to these numbers are FREE.
5) How many times am I allowed to vote for a particular candidate?
A. You may only vote for a particular candidate once, either through Facebook or by giving a missed call to the assigned number. You may vote for up to 10 candidates in the first round of voting.
6) How were the candidates chosen?/ What was the criteria for choosing the candidates?
A. The editorial team of Network18 (comprising the Editor-in-Chief IBN Network, Mr Rajdeep Sardesai and team) shortlisted 100 individuals on the
basis of Leadership, Impact and Contribution. This list was further refined to 50 by a jury of 28 eminent Indian citizens from various
walks of life.
7) Can I vote for multiple candidates?
A. No. In this phase you can only vote for 1 candidate.
8) Do I get any prizes/benefit if the candidate I vote for wins?
A. There are no prizes for voting, even if your chosen candidate is named the Greatest Indian at the end of the show.
9) How do I benefit from voting?
A. When you cast your vote, your chosen candidate stands the chance to become the Greatest Indian, and you would have a role to play in this coming to pass.
10) Why is Gandhiji not in the list?
A. We wanted to find the Indian with the maximum contribution to a modern India. For this reason, the list only includes members whose significant contribution to India has been after Independence. Also, the panel of experts felt that if Gandhiji were to be included in the list, there would be no competition for title of The Greatest Indian.
11) I do not agree with the __________ (certain) candidates’ nomination, how would you justify?
A. As mentioned before, candidates were chosen by a panel of experts from various fields. If you do not want to see a particular individual named the greatest Indian, please vote for candidates you feel are more deserving.
12) What is the idea behind the campaign of promoting the Greatest Indian?
A. India today is unrecongnizable from the India that got independence in 1947. This nation has achieved this stature in the world thanks to contribution from millions of Indians. This is an effort to recognise one who has made the maximum contribution and impact in the surge of independent India. Moreover An initiative such as this is all the more relevant today, with challenges our country faces, as it would be an interesting reflection of the mood of the nation.