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Manmohan ranked world's most powerful Sikh

PTI  London, November 10, 2013
First Published: 17:30 IST(10/11/2013) | Last Updated: 13:48 IST(11/11/2013)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has been listed as the world's most powerful, influential and contemporary Sikh, according to the first edition of the annual 'Sikh 100' published here.

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According to the list, the world's first comprehensive ranking of the most powerful, influential and contemporary Sikhs in the world brought out by the Sikh Directory, Manmohan is "highly acclaimed as a thinker and a scholar."

"He is well regarded for his diligence and his academic approach to work, as well as his accessibility and his unassuming demeanour," a brief profile of the PM read.

Planning Commission deputy chairman Montek Singh Ahluwalia, 69, ranks as the second most powerful Sikh on the list, released on Saturday night.

Giani Gurbachan Singh, Akal Takht jathedar, is listed third.

He is followed by Punjab chief minister Parkash Singh Badal on the fourth spot.

Ajaypal Singh Banga, president and CEO, MasterCard Worldwide, US, is ranked eighth, while Rabinder Singh, high court judge, Royal Courts of Justice, UK is ninth.

The Prime Minister's wife, Gursharan Kaur, is 13th on the list, while Sukhbir Singh Badal, Shiromani Akali Dal president and Punjab deputy chief minister, is 14th.

Others figuring on the list are Sir Mota Singh, UK judge (17th), Sant Singh Chatwal, president and CEO, Hampshire Hotels and Resorts (US) (19th), Malvinder and Shivinder Singh, chairman/director, Fortis Healthcare, India (21st) and Khushwant Singh, journalist and novelist (22nd).

Onkar Singh Kanwal, chairman, Apollo Tyres, India (23rd) Bhupinder Singh, managing director, Punjab National Bank (26th), Harbhajan Singh, cricketer (28th), Capt Amarinder Singh, former Punjab chief minister (29th), Lord Indarjit Singh, director, The Network of Sikh Organisations, UK (42nd), Rami Ranger, chairman, Sun Mark Ltd (UK) (48th) and Kartar Singh Lalvani, director, Vitabiotics, UK (52nd), are others on the list.

Gurinder Kaur Chadha, film director/producer, UK (55th), Baroness Sandip Kaur Verma (58th), Kmel Kaur Hothi, business and community director, Lloyds Bank, UK (64th), Flying Sikh Milkha Singh (71st), Paul Singh Uppal, UK MP (76th), Tarlochan Singh, former chairman of the National Commission for Minorities and former Rajya Sabha member (77th), are also on the top-100 list.

Prominent names Rank

Manmohan Singh 1st
Montek Singh Ahluwalia 2nd
Giani Gurbachan Singh 3rd
Parkash Singh Badal 4th
Sukhbir Singh Badal 14th
Khushwant Singh 22nd
Capt Amarinder Singh 29th

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