Prime Minister Narendra Modi has finally made his debut among the world’s most powerful people. Modi has been chosen as 15th Most Powerful in the world by the Forbes Magazine. Incidentally, Modi also happens to be the 15th Prime Minister of India.
Russian President Vladmir Putin has been ranked top on the list and his counterpart US President Barack Obama is second to Putin. This is the second time in a row that Putin has beaten Obama in the Forbes’ List. The list of 72 most powerful people in the world also included the names of Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani at 36th, ArcelorMittal chairman and CEO Lakshmi Mittal at 57th and Microsoft’s Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella at 64th.
On Modi, Forbes said “India’s newest rockstar doesn’t hail from Bollywood. He is the newly elected Prime Minister who sailed into office in May with a landslide victory, ushering the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) into power after decades of control by the Gandhi dynasty.”
Describing Modi as a “Hindu nationalist” and referring to the 2002 Gujarat riots, Forbes added, “Modi is credited with massive reconstruction projects in his home state of Gujarat. His administration promises to bring economic rejuvenation to other beleaguered parts of India. The world is as impressed as the citizens of India: So far he’s toured the US and China and met with his Southeast Asian neighbours.”