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Subcontinental Drift: Picking Winners
Name your own South Asian of the Year
By APARISIM GHOSH

November 29, 2000
Web posted at 1:15 p.m. Hong Kong time, 12:15 a.m. EDT

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I've been in Delhi these past three days, attending the India Economic Summit, organized by the World Economic Forum. As usual, the most anticipated speaker at the event was Chandrababu Naidu, the charismatic Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh state. He didn't disappoint, delivering a polished presentation before an audience of international business leaders. His message has become familiar: India (and specifically, Andhra Pradesh) enjoys enormous competitive advantages in Information Technology. With the right kind of government -- meaning as little of it as possible -- the country can not only make money, it can also improve the lives of its people.

Unlike most politicians these days, Naidu came across as a man of vision and purpose. These are the qualities that persuaded me to name him South Asian of the Year, 1999. It was reassuring to see he isn't a one-year wonder.

That reminds me: In a few weeks, I will name this year's winner of that accolade. As I mull over my shortlist of candidates, I invite you to write in with your nominations. Name your winner and, in no more than 100 words, explain why you picked her/him. As always, the most interesting submissions will be published in this column.

To get you going, here are some of the people on my shortlist, in no particular order: Indian Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, Pakistan's military ruler Gen. Pervez Musharraf, Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga, Indian weightlifter and Olympic medallist Karnam Malleswari, cricket match-fixing whistle-blower Manoj Prabhakar and Indian quizmaster Amitabh Bachchan. Don't feel obliged to name one of these six. They are not the only candidates I will consider.

Here are the rules.

• The question is straightforward: Who, in your opinion, exerted the greatest influence -- for good or evil -- on subcontinental affairs in 2000? Don't limit yourself to Good Guys.

• The actions that qualify your candidate must have taken place in 2000: repercussions of actions from previous years don't count.

• A related rule: Your candidate must have been alive for at least a part of the year. The good works of Mother Teresa are still with us, but you can't nominate her.

• Your candidate must be a South Asian, but doesn't have to be resident in the subcontinent.

• Remember, your supporting argument should be no longer than 100 words.

You can e-mail your nominations to me (see address at the end of this column) or post them on the Subcontinental Drift bulletin board. Get cracking, folks!

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