70 personalities who shaped India@70
Check out Kartik Krishnaswamy‘s list of 70 personalities who shaped India post-Independence.
Who would you pick? Tell us your top 5 influencers in a post-independence India.
A short message from Karthik:
I have this innate urge to create these countdown videos in my free time. So for India’s 70th birthday, I decided to take up this huge survey that would showcase 70 personalities who have influenced the country since Independence in various walks of life. This was actually triggered by a discussion I was having with a friend of mine who is in her 20s.I was talking to her about Rakesh Sharma (the first Indian to go to space) and I was shocked to know that she had never heard of his name before. That set me thinking ! I decided to come up with this compilation which is a countdown of personalities from 70 to 1 based on my survey. This, I thought would be a refresher for most of us and a good source of knowledge for the ones who were not aware of these contributors.
My original sample size target for this survey was 100…but at last count before compilation…the number hit a whopping 384. Immediate family, aunts, uncles, cousins, second cousins, friends, neighbours, colleagues, classmates, even my milkman, vegetable vendor and the local barber…I spared none ! From a 11 year old to my 91 year old Grand aunt, all generations were covered. Based on the sets of names I received from each one of them, I ranked them in order of the votes received and arrived at the final order. It was heartening to see nominations from all fields – Politics, Social Service, Arts, Entertainment, Science, Literature, Sports, Religion, Business etc. And about the video itself, I thought it would make it more interesting, if I showcased each person differently – some through a biographical introduction, some via pre recorded interviews and others just through a collage of photographs accompanied by music.
This 29 minute capusle would be useful for all (esp children) to get a quick intro of some of the major influencers in the last 7 decades