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Activist of the year 2021: Rakesh Tikait

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait almost single-handedly turned around the agitation against the new farm laws which at one point looked like a lost cause, staying steadfast even when many other farmer leaders had given up following the R-Day violence. In the end, a seemingly omnipotent central government had to back down, repeal the laws and apologise to the farmers

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait; Photo by Bandeep Singh/ India Today

Business

Businesspersons of the year 2021: Charge of the unicorns

Fuelled by increasing internet penetration and smartphone use and loads of investor capital, in 2021, India saw a huge spike in the number of startups valued at over $1 billion—the unicorns. This is why they hogged the headlines

Businesspersons of the year 2021: Charge of the unicorns
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Reformer of the year 2021: Narendra Modi, the game changer

In his first term, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's reform agenda saw only incremental implementation. In his second term, he moved at warp speed to reform India's economic landscape, and in 2021 made a big privatisation push that included asset monetisation of PSUs apart from streamlining labour laws. However, the challenge of successfully implementing these changes remains

Reformer of the year 2021:  Narendra Modi, the game changer

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Politician of the year 2021: Mamata Banerjee, the feisty challenger

Mamata Banerjee has convincingly demolished the myth of invincibility attached to the Narendra Modi-Amit Shah duo. Her landslide election victory in West Bengal in 2021, despite the BJP’s hyped up campaign, polarising manoeuvres and huge mobilisation of resources, has given hope to the Opposition. They see in her the most worthy opponent to Modi in the Lok Sabha battle of 2024

Politician of the year 2021:  Mamata Banerjee, the feisty challenger
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Professional of the year 2021: Bimal Patel, the power architect

The Ahmedabad-based architect has been associated with several high-profile projects closely tied to Prime Minister Narendra Modi—most recently the Kashi Vishwanath Temple Corridor and the controversial Central Vista redevelopment. In the face of mounting criticism against the Central Vista makeover, Patel has also turned spokesman for the project

Professional of the year 2021: Bimal Patel, the power architect

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Controversy of the year 2021: Aryan Khan Case

The son of a Bollywood superstar is arrested in a drug bust on a cruise ship. But the case backfires, tarring the reputation of the investigating agency, the Narcotics Control Bureau. It also starts a debate on the need to amend laws on drugs consumption

Controversy of the year 2021: Aryan Khan Case
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Lone star: Rajinikanth

The superstar had several hits in 2018. Will it be the same for his political plans?

Lone star: Rajinikanth

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The Army's captain: Imran Khan

Pakistan’s new prime minister has started well and has the army’s backing. Can the ex-cricketing hero pull off another miracle for his country, this time on the political turf?

The Army's captain: Imran Khan

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Their big fat Indian weddings

Exotic locations, designer clothes, festivities spread over several days and the who’s who in attendance... Can you expect any less when Deepika weds Ranveer, PC marries Nick Jonas and the daughter of the richest Indian ties the knot?

Their big fat Indian weddings
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