The most powerful Indians in 2014: No. 51-60
The most powerful Indians in 2014: No. 31-40

The most powerful Indians in 2014: No. 41-50

Indian Express: The most powerful Indians in 2014.

See who is placed where this year. See who is placed where this year.

RANK 41: Anand Mahindra, 58

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Chairman & MD, Mahindra & Mahindra

Rank (2013): 38

WHY
He is India Inc’s Mr Clean. Satyam Computers, which he acquired in 2009 and is now called Tech Mahindra, has become the country’s fifth largest IT company with annual revenue of $2.7 billion.

POWER PUNCH
Under him, South Korea’s Ssangyong, which M&M acquired in 2011, turned around in 2013 with record sales of 1.45 lakh units.

WHAT NEXT
After the roaring success of its SUVs, M&M is all set to launch an electric sports car. The latest Auto Expo showcased the new Formula E car. Electric version of Mahindra’s Verito and Maxximo would also be ready for commercialisation by the year-end.

BY THE WAY
He is among the most popular corporates on Twitter, with 1.1 million followers.

RANK 42: Omar Abdullah, 43

Omar

Chief Minister, Jammu & Kashmir

(New on the list)

WHY
Despite the rift with ally Congress, Omar has managed to cling to power and is likely to complete his term. Also, after a turbulent 2009 and 2010, he has managed to keep protesters away from the streets, even after the hanging of Afzal Guru.

POWER PUNCH
He threatened to walk out of the coalition if Congress continued to create hurdles in the creation of new administrative units. The Congress had to give in.

WHAT NEXT
With less than eight months for the assembly elections, Omar has a tough task in hand — to at least retain the assembly seats the party won in 2008.

BY THE WAY
On flights, he is usually immersed listening to music on ITunes.

RANK 43: MANISH SISODIA, 42

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Former Delhi Minister for Urban Development, Transport, Education, PWD and Revenue

(New on the list)

WHY
The virtual second-in-command of the Aam Aadmi Party played a crucial role with party chief Arvind Kejriwal consulting him on all important issues. He holds posts in all major AAP bodies.

POWER PUNCH
When Kejriwal spearheaded a two-day sit-in protest at the Rail Bhawan, bringing the government to a virtual standstill, all negotiation with Kejriwal to end the protest went through Sisodia.

WHAT NEXT
If Kejriwal contests and wins the Lok Sabha election, Sisodia may even get Delhi’s top job if the party wins the assembly polls.

BY THE WAY
He was a radio jockey with an FM station in Delhi.

RANK 44: RAHUL BHATIA, 52

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Chairman, IndiGo

Rank (2013): 69

WHY
At a time when other airlines in India are losing money, IndiGo has been making steady profits.

POWER PUNCH
IndiGo continues to maintain its lead over other carriers in being the largest carrier in terms of passenger carriage, which it achieved in July 2012. The company reported a net profit of Rs 787 crore during 2012-13.

WHAT NEXT
IndiGo has to tread cautiously to ensure that its profitability and market leadership remain intact since two new carriers are likely to start operations this calendar year.

BY THE WAY
He has a collection of bags, some of them dating back to the 70s.

RANK 45: FALI S NARIMAN, 85

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Senior advocate and constitutional expert

Rank (2013): 63

WHY
One of the most respected lawyers in the country, judges are known to seek his opinion.

POWER PUNCH
His arguments against the constitutional validity of a law that enabled convicted MPs and MLAs to continue, pending their appeal, resulted in a significant judgment. In a major embarrassment for the government, he declined to be part of the process to select India’s first Lokpal.

WHAT NEXT
Amid a raging debate over allegations of sexual assault against retired judges of higher courts, Nariman has been requested to assist as an amicus curiae.

BY THE WAY
Nariman is a big fan of Napoleon Bonaparte and has a huge collection of books on him.

RANK 46: Manohar Parrikar, 58

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Chief Minister, Goa

(New on the list)

WHY
The Goa CM is a rising voice in the BJP. His  simple lifestyle and no-nonsense attitude have drawn inevitable comparisons with Arvind Kejriwal.

POWER PUNCH
He led the chorus at the BJP national executive in Goa last June to clear the leadership issue within the party. It was his stand that resulted in the party projecting Narendra Modi as the chief campaigner for the elections.

WHAT NEXT
Though he lost out on the BJP presidentship in 2009 to Nitin Gadkari, his support for Modi and his working style that appeals even to RSS bosses may hold him in good stead in BJP’s scheme of things after the 2014 elections.

BY THE WAY
He started a business venture after graduating from IIT-Bombay.

RANK 47: Akhilesh Yadav, 40

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Chief Minister, Uttar Pradesh & Samajwadi Party state president

Rank (2013): 57

WHY

He led the party in the 2012 Assembly elections and won with an absolute majority — a feat his father had never achieved. But it has been downhill ever since, with the Muzaffarnagar riots a blot he will find hard to rub off.

POWER PUNCH
Akhilesh clipped the wings of cabinet minister Ambika Chaudhary, Mulayam’s close friend and old loyalist, withdrawing the important revenue portfolio from him, and giving him the insignificant Backward Class Welfare one instead.

WHAT NEXT
His immediate aim will be to ward off anti-incumbency in the coming LS elections.

BY THE WAY
Akhilesh doesn’t wear a watch, not even a chain, ring or a kalewa (sacred thread).

RANK 48: UK SINHA, 62

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Chairman, Securities and Exchange Board of India

Rank (2013): 48

WHY
Under Sinha’s chairmanship, SEBI moved strongly to safeguard the interests of small investors against illegally-run collective investment schemes. The SEBI Bill is, however, awaiting Parliament’s approval.

POWER PUNCH
Sinha was granted a two-year extension as chairman and he is the first one from among the last four chairmen to have got an extension after completion of the initial three year period.

WHAT NEXT
While the SEBI ordinance has lapsed the third time as it was not promulgated by the President, the SEBI Bill is still awaiting Parliament’s nod. At a time when the trust in the market is weak, SEBI has the tough task of building the trust of retail investors.

BY THE WAY
Loves to read Urdu poetry and listening to ghazals.

RANK 49: A K ANTONY, 73

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Union Defence Minister

Rank (2013): 21

WHY
The unflinching Sonia loyalist is one man whose personal integrity has remained unquestioned in a scam-tainted UPA-II. But it has also been a term marked by underperformance on crucial reforms.

POWER PUNCH
After a series of accidents that threw up serious questions on the condition of the Navy, Antony built up pressure on its top leadership to fix accountability. The final straw came with the death of two officers onboard the INS Sindhuratna, following which Admiral D K Joshi resigned.

WHAT NEXT
Antony will have to concentrate on the party and will be one of those who will steer it in the general elections.

BY THE WAY
A books of selected quotes of Indira Gandhi is his constant reading material.

RANK 50: N R Narayana Murthy, 67

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Executive chairman, Infosys

(New on the list)

WHY
Murthy, who retired in 2011, came back last year to rescue a struggling Infosys. Eight months later, the company is already showing signs of a turnaround. It has also narrowed down the valuation gap with TCS, its fast-growing rival.

POWER PUNCH
Infosys beat market expectations and posted a robust rise in profit in the third quarter of 2013-14, beating market expectations.

WHAT NEXT
After a gap of two years, Infosys is planning to go to campuses to hire about16,000 engineers. There have been eight high-profile exits since he returned to take charge, he will now have to fill those slots.

BY THE WAY
His first job was at IIM-Ahmedabad, where he helped as primary technique developer.

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