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 is a television initiative launched on India's 60th Independence Day by The Times of India Group in search of a new bold leader for India. Hosted by Anupam Kher, the program airs on STAR One every Saturday at 8:00 PM IST. Citizens of India aged between 25 and 45 can participate in the three-stage contest whose result will be a winner who will be a worthy contender for participating in India's next assembly elections, besides winning a seat on the leadership and politics course at Harvard University, and a corpus of Rs 50 lakh for pursuing a public-welfare project of choice.
Lead India is the sequel to the newspaper's earlier India Poised initiative launched in January 2007. While India Poised celebrated India's recent successes and its growing importance on the global radar, it also conducted a critical assessment of sectors where India failed to deliver. Public governance was on top of this list. Lead India, therefore, addresses that concern by offering the most deserving a shot at active politics while cutting short the regular long-winded, and often extremely frustrating, path up the political ladder. It is a hunt to identify new leaders for a new India, men and women with the vision and ability to empower India with the kind of political leadership that is so conspicuous by its absence.
A program with a similar name was also launched, much before The Times of India's Lead India campaign, by Dr. Abdul Kalam, the then President of India, in the early 2000s.
In episode telecasted on December 22, 2007, Kumaramangalam Birla and Akshay Kumar joined the jury as celebrity judges. Saumya Mishra has left the contest due to personal reasons, hence only 7 contestants are left.
Since December 8, 2007 eight Lead India finalists are competing to decide the ultimate 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  - Bangalore (Winner)
- Abha Singh - Lucknow
On 9 February 2008, the results were announced. R.K.Misra (Bangalore) won the contest against Devang Nanavati (Ahmedabad) with more number of votes and a sharp lead of 6-1 from the Jury of 7 judges. He was crowned as Lead India "Mahanayak" from Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam, the former president of India.
Apart from it "Lead India Video Contest" was also held. And the winners were declared as Jyotsna Khatry, Ashwani Thakur, Achin jain as 1st, 2nd, 3rd respectively. Awards declared at http://lead.timesofindia.com/live.asp. Videos made by them can be watched on YouTube.
There are 3 members in the jury: