Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Opposition leader LK Advani, business tycoons Mukesh and Anil Ambani, corporate czar Ratan Tata and star cricketer Sachin Tendulkar have been named among the 50 most powerful people in India by American magazine BusinessWeek.
Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Congress leader Pranab Mukherjee, music maestro AR Rahman, BSP chief Mayawati, Olympics gold medallist Abhinav Bindra and Security and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) Chairman CB Bhave also feature in the league of 50.
The magazine pointed out that the list of ‘India’s 50 Most Powerful People 2009´ reflects the impact of the Satyam scandal and the global economic crisis.
Communist Party of India (Marxist) General Secretary Prakash Karat, Mahindra and Mahindra’s Managing Director Anand Mahindra, steel czar Lakshmi Mittal, telecom tycoon Sunil Mittal, Indian Premier League Chairman Lalit Modi and Indian Space Research Organisation’s Chairman G Madhavan Nair and bankers -- KV Kamath and Deepak Parekh also feature in the list.
“In modern India, even powerful reigns can be short-lived. In the newest edition of BusinessWeek’s list of the 50 most influential Indians, politicians jostle for space with professors, businessmen with cricketers,” the magazine said.