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A promotional image of "Lead India".
|Created by||Miditech Pvt. Ltd.|
|Presented by||Anupam Kher|
|Opening theme||"Lead India" by ??|
|Country of origin||India|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||???|
|Running time||approx. 52 minutes|
|Original network||STAR One|
|Picture format||480i (SDTV)|
|Original release||December 8, 2007 – February 9, 2008|
Lead India was a television initiative launched on India's 60th Independence Day by The Times of India Group. Hosted by Anupam Kher, the program aired on STAR One every Saturday evening. Citizens of India aged between 25 and 45 could participate in the three-stage contest, for which the winner would be a contender for participating in India's next assembly elections, a place on the leadership and politics course at Harvard University, and a grant of Rs 50 lakh for pursuing a public welfare project of the winner's choice.
Lead India was the sequel to the newspaper's earlier "India Poised" initiative launched in January 2007. "India Poised" aimed to promote India's recent successes and its growing international importance, and also conducted a critical assessment of sectors where India needed improvement, with public governance at the top of the latter list. Lead India therefore aimed to address that concern by offering the winner an entry to active politics without a long path up the political ladder.
In the United States and Canada, the show aired on STAR One every Saturday evening.
Since December 8, 2007 eight Lead India finalists competed to decide the national winner:
- Saumya Mishra - Hyderabad
- Sanjiv Kaura - Delhi
- Dipayan Dey - Kolkata
- Ujjawal Banerjee - Mumbai
- Ranjit Gadgil - Pune
- Devang Nanavati - Ahmedabad (Runner up)
- R. K. Misra - Bengaluru (Winner)
- Abha Singh - Lucknow
On 9 February 2008, the results were announced. R.K.Misra (Bangalore) won the contest against Devang Nanavati of Ahmedabad, with more votes and a lead of 6-1 from the jury of seven judges. He was crowned as Lead India "Mahanayak" by Abdul Kalam, the former president of India.
A "Lead India Video Contest" was also held. The winners were declared as Jyotsna Khatry, Ashwani Thakur, and Achin Jain as 1st, 2nd, 3rd respectively. Awards were declared at the Times of India website. Videos made by the winners were posted to YouTube.
There were three members in the jury: