One For All, Love For All
Take a look at the Indian Powerful Persons list of 2016-17 not just to see who are the most powerful but also, to get a sense of how, over the past years, powers has changed hands – and how power itself has changed.
- Narendra Damodardas Modi, 66
Prime Minister of India
– Because in three years of his terms, he remains unchanged.
– BJP looks unstoppable under him.
– His constant decisions and communication underlined the power of his politics.
- Amit Shah, 52
– Because he has established himself as the BJP’s trump card.
– He not only led his party to win in UP an Uttarakhand, but also got historic victories over Goa and Manipur.
- Mohan Bhagwat, 66
– He emerged as the perfect foil to the Modi govt.
– He ensured the RSS and BJP govt. remain in sync always.
– Pushed the agenda on triple talaq and empowerment of Dalits and Other backward classes.
- J S Khehar, 64
Chief Justice of India
– He heads the collegium that clears the name of judges for high courts and the apex court.
– He is expected to head the constitution bench that will decide the validity of Adhaar and the contours of the right to privacy
- Ajit Doval, 72
National Security Advisor
– He has the Prime Minister’s ear on everything, from foreign policy and the challenges of terror to negotiation with the Naga rebels.
- Arun Jaitley, 64
Union Finance Minister
– He has the task of steering the economy towards higher growth.
– Jaitley holds additional charge of the crucial defense ministry.
- Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani, 59
Chairman, Reliance Industries
– The richest Indian with a net worth of Rs 1,75,400 crore(us $26 billion).
– His Reliance Jio has secured over 10 crore customers in less than 6 months for which he is known as a role model for other companies.
- Yogi Adityanath, 44
Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh
– A key Hindutva face of the BJP, he surprised nearly everyone by becoming the party’s choice to lead the state govt.
– He pipped out half-a-dozen aspirants to the post of CM.
- Sonia Gandhi, 70
– The longest-serving president of the grand old party.
– She is still the last word and the final arbiter in the party.
- Rahul Gandhi, 46
– Now he has a effective control of the grand old party.
– He is a master in a number of sports. He is a licensed scuba diving instructor, a black belt in Aikido and a squash player.