Barkha Dutt, TV journalist : 7.63
Overall admiration: 7.0
She called from a bunker, flying shells and blasts in the background, while covering the Kargil war live in 1999, and became TV’s best-known woman journalist. She reports from the epicentre of disasters, like tsunami-hit Tamil Nadu to tell us "that the sea has swallowed Nagapattinam", or most recently, from Uri in Kashmir after the quake, where she united brothers across the Indo-Pakistan border. As ndtv managing editor, she manages to attract the country’s brightest minds to her shows. She has even inspired Bollywood, with Preity Zinta playing her in Lakshya. Now, that is stardom.