Fareed Zakaria has an established reputation as one of the most thoughtful, articulate, nuanced voices on American television -- a rare voice, what is more, that can take America out of its self-absorption and focus its attention on what is going on in the rest of the world.
In 2008, Dr Zakaria raised the bar even higher with a double whammy. First up, he published his best-selling book The Post American World, which argued an end to the rule of the United States as global hegemon and postulated that the rest of the world was catching up. Close on its heels, he became the first Indian American to host his own show on a major network, when CNN launched the hour-long Fareed Zakaria GPS on Sunday prime time.
Image: Fareed Zakaria with the award.
Photographs: Paresh Gandhi in New York
Video: India Abroad Person of the Year 2008
Also see: India Abroad Person of the Year, 2007