Narayanan Krishnan, who feeds the destitutes and abandoned people on the streets of Madurai three times a day since June 2002, is on the top 10 CNN Heroes of 2010 -- “remarkable individuals nominated by viewers for their sacrifices and accomplishments.”
Mr. Narayanan, who runs the Akshaya Trust, has been chosen by an elite panel from more than 10,000 nominations submitted by viewers in 100 countries. The announcement of the CNN Hero of the Year will be made at Thanksgiving Night on November 25 at Los Angeles. The selection will be on the basis of an online poll that concludes on November 18 at http://heroes.
In the company of Mr. Krishnan, the only Indian getting a nomination among the top 10, are Guadalupe Arizpe de la Vega of Mexico, Susan Burton, Linda Foudren and Dan Wallrath of the U.S, Anuradha Koirala of Nepal, Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow of Scotland, Hermon Parker and Evans Wadongo of Kenya and Aki Ra of Cambodia.
At present, Mr. Krishnan feeds about 400 people thrice a day with fresh food. In the last nine years, he has provided 1.5 million meals without break. He also plans to construct a shelter for the homeless with public donation, which is in an advanced stage.