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Updated: September 25, 2011 01:15 IST

Sonia, Tata among world's “50 most influential people''

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Sonia Gandhi
Sonia Gandhi

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Ratan Tata and Sonia Gandhi — in that order — figure in a survey of the world's “50 most influential people'' published by Britain's left-wing magazine New Statesman.

Described as “Madam India,” Ms. Gandhi is included for the political power she wields as much in her capacity as the chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance as by virtue of being a member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty.

“Italian-born Sonia Gandhi is widely considered as one of the most powerful politicians in India, becoming the longest-serving president in the history of the Indian National Congress on being re-elected for the fourth time in September 2010,'' says the magazine highlighting the fact that she is “daughter-in-law of the former Prime Minister, Indira Gandhi.''

Mr. Tata, dubbed “Metal Head,” is hailed as a symbol of “India's emergence as an international powerhouse'' and credited with giving Indian business a global reach with the acquisition by the Tata Group of the British steel manufacturer Corus and the prestigious Jaguar Land Rover car business. His statement that his successor need not be an Indian is described as a “sign that his is a truly global business.”

The list headed by German Chancellor Angel Merkel, who is locked in a life-and-death political struggle to save the Euro, features a number of controversial figures, including the head of the Pakistan army Ashfaq Kiyani wrestling with a difficult relationship with America over fighting terrorism; the Republican Tea Party leader Michele Bachmann described as “scarier than Sarah [Palin]''; and al-Qaeda's “spiritual leader'' Anwar al-Awlaki .


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Ratan Tata is Keka I love his aytit

from:  teja
Posted on: Nov 23, 2011 at 20:14 IST

Obviously, when you are the president of the party which has a majority in an alliance, then you have to be powerful. It doesn't take a genius to declare that. But the real question is whether the powerful position is used to ensure good governance or is it abused.

from:  Nikhil
Posted on: Sep 25, 2011 at 06:26 IST

What's all these lists for? Powerful today is powerlesss tomorrow, then what's the big deal here? All of em are made with feet clay for sure.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Sep 25, 2011 at 04:24 IST
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