Samar Khurshid, 23, Journalist, Delhi
Do you believe that people should be iconised at all?
While many icons are just people famous for being famous (and not necessarily altruistic members of society), their popularity can give people something to aspire for, particularly in India which seems dominated by an aspirational middle-class.
Who is your favorite sports icon and why?
I don't have an Indian sports icon so my answer would probably be ill-suited for your survey. But if I had to say, Alex Ferguson. His tireless dedication to a club took it to great heights; and he refused to retire without a win.
Who is your favorite political icon and why?
Unfortunately my answers can only be clichéd. I would say Sonia Gandhi - she's a graceful but stern leader whose ascent from modest beginnings to becoming the leader of India's largest political party must be admired. (She became fluent in Hindi, a difficult feat)
Who is sexiest woman and why?
Kate Beckinsale. First, she's English. Second, she's beautiful without even trying (natural, not made up beauty)