| In a startling revelation about the aggressive mood
in the country, the poll hosted on the Zee News website www.zeenews.com
shows 'Ironman' Sardar Patel doesn't just give Gandhi a tough fight,
he also lodges himself ahead of the Mahatma with 30 per cent vote
share. Clearly India, 56 years after achieving independence,
is looking for a leader who can face situations head on and take some
bold decisions, the same way as Patel did just after independence
Amitabh Bachchan was voted as the 'Greatest Actor' and Sachin Tendulkar
as the 'Greatest Sportsman' of the country. The 'Big B' wins by
the biggest margin in the entire poll breaching the 60 per cent
Perfectionist and Oscar-seeker Aamir Khan settles for second place
just ahead of showman Raj Kapoor. The findings of the nation-wide
'Best of India Opinion Polls' were telecast on the Independence
Day on Zee News. The poll conducted on the website of the news channel
reflects the opinion of 1,48,438 Indians.
Some startling facts on the militancy show that Punjab has made
a successful comeback to mainstream, the state that is known for
its zest for life. Punjab wins with flying colours in the 'Best
Kerala, the first state to achieve 100 per cent literacy, occupies
the No. 2 spot. Industrialised Maharashtra stands third on the podium,
but is given stiff competition by Gujarat.
The polls also indicate that the new India is in for
making money and being rich may not be considered a stigma. The
late Dhirubhai Ambani beats JRD Tata for the top businessman slot.
Narayan Murthy is on No. 3, but again locked in a close contest
with Azim Premji.
Ramesh Sippy's Sholay wins hands down as the 'Best Film',
far ahead of much touted Mother India and Lagaan.
But for all those for whom the yesteryears' heroine Madhubala rules
their hearts, she is not number one. It is dhak dhak girl
Madhuri Dixit who makes the nation's hearts (mostly male, one presumes)
beat. Mesmerising Aishwarya and enduring beauty Rekha must settle
In the same sentiment, Indians continue to look to the 1971 War
as the 'Most Glorious Moment' of independent India. A cricket crazy
country gives 1983 World Cup Victory the silver medal. Pokharan
nuclear test beats Kargil War for the third place.
In what could be good news for the Bharatiya Janata Party, leading
the coalition government in India, ahead of elections, Atal B. Vajpayee
is the favourite prime minister. Indira Gandhi and Lal Bahadur Shastri
follow him. Nobel laureate Mother Teresa remains the 'Best Personality'
of the country. Next in line is the "people's president"
APJ Abdul Kalam. India's melody queen Lata Mangeshkar is third best