Even in a banner year marked by achievements of the highest order across a wide variety of fields, it was therefore inevitable that Dr Zakaria would be named India Abroad Person of the Year 2008. Filmmaker Mira Nair, who won the award last year, was on hand to honour her successor with the award that, over the seven years of its existence, has become one of the most sought after accolades in the community space.
The annual India Abroad Person of the Year awards gala was held on March 20 at the George Gustav Heye Center of the National Museum of the American Indian -- an imposing 102-year-old building located within a pebble's throw of the famed Bull of Wall Street.
The rotunda, lit by a combination of six Roman pillar-style torches and hundreds of overhead lights, was the perfect showcase to a glittering array of dignitaries culled from the fields of politics, public service, business and the arts.
Image: Mira Nair, last year's winner, hands over the award to Fareed Zakaria
Video: Introduction to the India Abroad Person of the Year 2008