The most powerful Indians in 2013: No. 91-100

Indian Express: The most powerful Indians in 2013

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: April 23, 2013 4:31:37 pm


Shah Rukh Khan, 47


New on the list


It was another busy year for SRK with his hit film Jab Tak Hai Jaan and his off-screen antics—cartwheeling on Eden Garden grounds after his IPL team Kolkata Knight Riders won the championship; slapping Farah Khan’s husband Shirish Kunder; scuffling with security personnel at the Wankhede Stadium; and a controversial article he wrote for a magazine.

Power Punch

He topped the first Forbes India Celebrity List with an annual estimated earnings last year of $37.7 million.

What Next

Rohit Shetty’s Chennai Express and Farah Khan’s Happy New Year.

By The Way

He usually sticks to one memento for a movie but for Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jaayenge he had two: the Harley Davidson jacket and the sunglasses.


Ekta Kapoor, 39

Film & TV producer

Rank ’12: 86


In 2012,many major announcements starred Ekta—Tigmanshu Dhulia’s Milan Talkies,Varun Dhawan in a David Dhawan-Rohit Dhawan project,Mohit Suri’s The Villain,and a Karan Johar co-production. She continues to dominate TV with Pavitra Rishta and Bade Acche Lagte Hain.

Power Punch

In a first,Ekta has created a mini series,Ek Thi Naayika,to promote her new film Ek Thi Daayan.

What Next

Shootout at Wadala,Once Upon a Time in Mumbaai 2,Ragini MMS 2,Lootera and Kuku Mathur Ki Jhand Ho Gayi and a show based on Manju Kapur’s

novel Custody.

By The Way

She has given up chocolates.


Sushil Modi, 61

Deputy Chief Minister,Bihar

Rank ’12: 52


As the chairman of the Empowered Committee of State Finance Ministers,he negotiates with the Centre on the proposed Goods and Services Tax. He is the BJP’s main link with alliance partner JD(U) in Bihar.

Power Punch

He got a good deal for the states from the Centre on compensation of losses due to phasing out of central sales tax. He has forced the Centre to let states choose their own time for implementing the GST.

What Next

He has to forge a consensus between the Centre and states on the GST.

By The Way

A frugal eater,his favourite is green salad.


Gen Bikram Singh, 59

Chief of Army Staff

New on the list


Despite the difficult task he faced —a divided Army,severe tension in civil-military relations and a vocal former chief —the General has managed to bring things back on track.

Power Punch

Shortly after taking over,he ordered a probe into the activities of the Technical Support Division formed by his predecessor. The division is set to be disbanded now.

What Next

He will need to manage the aftermath of the Bhatia report on the functioning of the Technical Support Division.

By The Way

A Shiva devotee,he has been observing a fast on Monday for the past four decades.


Ranbir Kapoor, 30


Rank ’12: 89


He is consistent yet eclectic. His every project evokes curiosity due to the wide variety of roles he plays.

Power Punch

When top actors chase glamour and glory,he was brave enough to agree to star in a biopic on Kishore Kumar.

What Next

Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and Besharm.

By The Way

Mum Neetu thinks he is a perfect man,so she calls him Raymond,after the man in the well-known advertisement.


Jyotiraditya Scindia, 42

MoS (Independent Charge),Ministry of Power

New on the list


From a junior minister,he became the Power Minister when the ministry is required to coordinate better with the ministries of coal and environment.


Officials as well as PSU chiefs are known to be on their toes after he took over.


He will have to tackle the rising clamour for fuel,both coal and gas,and opposition from private players to new bidding documents.


He swears by the ‘dashboard approach’—an Excel sheet of agenda items with priorities and timelines.


Jairam Ramesh, 58

Minister of Rural Development



Despite being a lateral entrant into politics,he has quickly shot to national prominence with his frank opinions.

Power Punch

He succeeded in introducing the crucial Land Acquisition,Rehabilitation and Resettlement Bill in the Lok Sabha in September last year.

What Next

One of the key campaign brains in the party,he would be put to optimum use in the next general elections.

By The Way

There are more than 300 CDs on his desk in office. Carnatic music plays in the background while he works.


Sachin Tendulkar, 39


Rank ’12: 88


During the Asia Cup in Bangladesh,he scored his 100th international century,an unimaginable feat when he made his debut.


As a Rajya Sabha MP,he refused to take the government bungalow allotted to him.


After the retirement of Rahul Dravid and V V S Laxman,Tendulkar remains the only active member of the old guard in the Test side. But will he still be part of the team when India tour South Africa later this year,to face the deadliest bowling attack in the world?


On the menu at Goa’s famous eating joint Martin’s Corner is Sachin’s King Crab. The foodie cricketer never misses a chance to be at Martin’s.


Justice Markandey Katju, 66

Chairman,Press Council of India

Rank ’12: 83


He has made everyone aware of the existence of the PCI by speaking out on every possible issue.

Power Punch

Despite criticism that the PCI Chairman should not issue politically partisan statements,he took on Nitish Kumar and Prithviraj Chavan on freedom of the press and questioned the development model of Gujarat.

What Next

He will increase his efforts to bring electronic media,social networking websites and journalism institutes within the purview of the PCI.

By The Way

His house is a regular haunt of Urdu poetry lovers.


Sri Sri Ravishankar,56

Spiritual leader

Rank ’12: 75


His already vast spiritual organisation keeps growing in India as well as abroad.

Power Punch

He facilitated a Skype interaction between Gujarat CM Narendra Modi and members of the European Parliament,where Modi was invited to the Word Forum for Ethics in Business to be held in November.

What Next

He will travel across Europe,North America and China.

By The Way

He has honorary degrees from 13 universities from around the world.

New On the list

Kamal Nath (13)

Justice Altamas Kabir (17)

Rajnath Singh (18)

Sushil Kumar Shinde (26)

Sukhbir Badal (30)

Jagan Mohan Reddy (36)

M K Stalin (40)

Omita Paul (41)

Arnab Goswami (43)

B S Yeddyurappa (46)

Ajit Singh (52)

Uddhav Thackeray (53)

Montek Singh Ahluwalia (54)

Raghuram Rajan (55)

Justice J S Verma (56)

Jayanthi Natarajan (58)

Ranjit Sinha (65)

M Veerappa Moily (82)

Pratip Chaudhuri (83)

Virat Kohli (84)

Kalanithi Maran (86)

Aditya Chopra (87)

Rajiv Shukla (89)

Shah rukh khan (91)

Bikram Singh (94)

Jyotiraditya Scindia (96)

Jairam Ramesh (97)

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