60. Mohan Bhagwat,57
RSS General Secretary
Mohan Bhagwat has the most powerful voice in the RSS todaythe man who runs the show. The RSS General Secretary is tipped to take over as the organisations chief from K.S. Sudarshan one day.
Bhagwat brought a semblance of order when various RSS offshoots and personalities engaged in vicious turf-wars and ego tussles. He is known to have played the moderator on several ocassions. At the RSS-BJP meeting at L.K. Advanis residence in January this year,the Sangh Parivar brass agreed to the autonomy of the BJP,thanks to Bhagwats pragmatic approach.
Bhagwat will consolidate his position once he takes over the reins of the RSS. He will play a key role in deciding the future leadership of the BJP.
61. Prannoy Roy,59
He is the elder statesman of broadcast journalism and its most credible face. One of the most influential media barons in the country,he owns a bouquet of channels.
An economist and psephologist,Roy’s TV career began in 1984 when he anchored the first election analysis on Doordarshan and predicted the outcome correctly. Roy,along with wife Radhika,created NDTV in 1998. When NDTV produced Tonight for Doordarshan,it marked the first serious foray into daily news by a private Indian company.
With the economy in downslide,the market is watching this most innovative of strategists. And with polls round the corner,it’s time again to see Roy,the election analyst.
62. Sister Nirmala,64
Superior General of Missionaries of Charity
She heads one of the worlds most powerful charities. Having succeeded Mother Teresa in 1997,Sister Nirmala leads about 5,000 sisters and many brothers in over 136 countries of the world.
In August 2008,she wrote a letter to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh,urging the Centres intervention in the violence that had been unleashed in Kandhamal district of Orissa. Following this,extra protection was given to the state.
In these troubled times,Sister Nirmala is urging people across the world to follow the path of peace,all the while keeping away from the spotlight. In the past 10 years,around 120 new homes of the Missionaries of Charity have been added to her list.
63. Wajahat Habibullah,63
Chief Information Commissioner
Close to the current establishment and also respected by the opposition,Habibullah made his mark first as a bureaucrat with an abiding interest and skill in Kashmir affairs.The countrys first CIC,he issued a directive to Supreme Court judges on the disclosure of their assets.
Recently,he made the Supreme Court move the Delhi High Court,a court lower in judicial hierarchy,in an attempt to prevent its judges from disclosing their assets.
He is working his way through government red-tape to introduce the Right to Information in Jammu and Kashmir. But dont rule out Habibullah being key to a process on Kashmir if there is one in future. One of the few whom even the most hardened militants listen to.
64. M.K. Narayanan,74
National Security Adviser
He is the first police officer to become the NSAthe previous two had foreign affairs backgroundand therefore,has first-hand understanding of security-related issues.
He played an important role in the successful completion of the nuclear deal by getting the uninterrupted fuel supply clause inserted in the India-specific safeguards agreement with the IAEA. Recently,he circulated a note to ensure that all government proposals with security implications must be routed through the National Security Council Secretariat,which he heads.
The induction of a new and forceful Home Minister has forced him to redefine himself and his role in the Internal Security hierarchy.