The Most Powerful Personality of India in 2017
The Most Powerful Personality of India in 2017



 Narendra Damodardas Modi

Prime Minister of India

In just three years into his term, Modi is still the undisputed Number 1. Because under him, the BJP looks unbeatable, forcing the Opposition to continually play catch-up. Every move the Modi government declared to the surgical strikes to demonetisation is done by his name. Under Modi, the Prime Minister’s Office maintains infinite power, inviting and criticism in equal measure. His no mercy campaigning boast the party’s to win in Uttar Pradesh election, setting the stage for 2019. His constant communication underlines the power of his politics.


 Amit Shah

BJP President

 He has established himself as the BJP’s trump card. Despite the criticism over his style of running, Amit has proved so many times he is the most effective planner, whether in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra or Manipur. He not only led the party to historic winning in UP and Uttarakhand by stitching together a new social coalition, but also choreographed the BJP takeover of Goa and Manipur.


Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani,

Chairman, Reliance Industries

Continues to remain the wealthy Indian with a net value of Rs 1,75,400 crore (US $26 billion), according to the Hurun Global Rich List. He is now focusing on his telecom venture, Reliance Jio, which is making aggressive plans in the segment, giving established players such as Airtel a run for their money. The group’s sprawling media ownership is now a role model for other corporates.


Salman Khan

Bollywood Superstar

The 49-year-old actor, who has acted in more than 80 Hindi-language films, is known for his romantic roles as well as action films and has won several prestigious Indian cinema awards.

Khan is that rare Bollywood star who has a huge fan following across the vast spectrum of Indian society.

His fans include the middle-class English-speaking audiences as well as poor slum dwellers for whom the 350-rupee ($5.20; £3.40) tickets do not come cheap.



Indian Cricket Team Caption

Born in Delhi, Virat Kohli has risen to prominence since his Under-19 skipper days where he led the team to victory at the 2008 World Cup. Later he made his ODI debut in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. Despite a good start, he retained the bench when the stars returned. But he didn't let go of the momentum by performing in domestic cricket and then Emerging Players Tournament in 2009.


 Rahul Gandhi

Vice-president of congress party

Rahul is now in effective control of the Grand Old Party. With the BJP unlikely to have the numbers in the Rajya Sabha, the Congress remains the fulcrum of any Opposition unity in Parliament.


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