The Mumbai mayor, Sunil Prabhu, has joined the likes of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress president Sonia Gandhi after having found a place in the global magazine Foreign Policy’s (FP) list of the ‘500 most powerful people on the planet’.
Sixteen Indians have been named by the magazine.
Several Indian politicians have made it to the list this year. These include finance minister P Chidambaram, defence minister AK Antony, external affairs minister Salman Khurshid, Delhi chief minister Sheila Dikshit and leader of Opposition in the Lok Sabha Sushma Swaraj.
Indian spiritual leaders such as Baba Ramdev and Sri Sri Ravishankar are also among the ' 500 most powerful people on the planet'.
The list of ‘500 most powerful people on the planet’ also has India's intelligence official Alok Joshi of Research and Analysis Wing and national security advisor Shivshankar Menon.
“Is it possible to identify the 500 most powerful individuals on the planet - one in 14 million? That’s what we tried to do with the inaugural FP Power Map, our inventory of the people who control the commanding heights of the industries that run the world, from politics to high finance, media to energy, warfare to religion,” the Foreign Policy magazine said.
Two Indian industrialists Mukesh Ambani of the Reliance Group and Lakshmi Mittal of ArcelorMittal also figure in the list along with Unni Karunakara, president of Medecins Sans Frontieres, and Salil Shetty, general secretary of Amnesty International.