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By Ananth Krishnan in Beijing
and Tongam Rina in Tawang

he symbolism of the Dalai Lama’s week-long visit to also where the final chapter of his leadership of the Tibetan
Arunachal Pradesh, his seventh to the state, wasn’t movement may begin. Although a very healthy 81, the
lost on local residents. On April 6, thousands lined up question of his succession looms ever larger. Tawang, the
to receive him in the monastery town of Tawang, where the birthplace of the sixth Dalai Lama, is for many a most likely
Tibetan spiritual leader first arrived in India in 1959, aged location where a reincarnation could be chosen.
23, after a perilous 15-day journey across the Tibetan plateau. This significance wasn’t lost on China, which claims
“This is a very special visit for us,” said local businessman Tawang, and it responded more angrily than during the Dalai
Jambey Lobsang, 28, “because I don’t think the Dalai Lama Lama’s previous visits in 1997, 2003 and 2009. Besides sum-
may come back, given his age. We mustn’t forget, he is 81.” moning the Indian ambassador, Beijing said it would take
Tawang is where the remarkable 58-year journey in exile “necessary measures” to defend its sovereignty. “This time the
began for Tenzin Gyatso, the 14th Dalai Lama. Tawang is stridency of their tone, the kind of language they have used,

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What do you mean China’s claim to Arunachal Lobsang. Beijing is aware that s/he could emerge as a who at 38 is India’s young­ responsible citizen. it’s definitely far more than we had seen earlier. in fact. only our traditional border. India’s envoy in Beijing until 2016 and director of the Institute of Chinese Studies (he also handled relations with China in Delhi at the time of the earlier visits). Speaking ment. too.” says Kantha. Rolling over and Pradesh.” said Khandu. I was referring to in PoK. suggesting India. I respect far more credible successor than the candidate that est CM and whose constitu­ the decisions of the govern- China puts forward.” says Rao. its anxiety “The Chinese have shown The Chinese authorities had a border with Tibet. Both in Delhi and in Beijing. 2 017 . This is a subject for the question. said the visit was “part of a series of policies the Indian government has been taking in playing the Tibet card”. Pema Khandu. a view echoed in Beijing. https://t. M ZHAZO Beyond the optics. not on the Indian side. upheld above all.” from the state’s chief minis­ Q. it is actually on the Chinese side. we always tory says that neither Tibet INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. where the sixth Dalai Lama was born. But what is your view on One possible explanation for China’s fiery ter. Khandu must respect the fact that ests of the Tibetans who live in India. had been very 5 QUESTIONS consistent in allowing the Dalai Lama to travel. “We cannot abandon the inter. If the 15th Dalai Lama were chosen from what to do. she adds. Arunachal Pradesh is an future couldn’t be more clear. Hu Shisheng. and minister of state for home affairs Kiren Rijiju accompanying him to Arunachal. says the Tibet card “is a stereo- typed cliche that if Tibet “RESPECT OUR A possible is not China’s.” says Ashok Kantha.” Uncertainties notwithstanding. Our position reiterates that Arunachal Arunachal Pradesh is a part should be that the religious and cultural sanctity of Pradesh is and must rem­ of India. His- “should mind its own business. What is your position on aspect. former foreign secretary and ex-envoy to China. As a Tawang.grievances on Masood over the Dalai Lama’s visit only after it forcefully occu- sion question Azhar or their activities to Tawang. it is ours to gain”. where state newspapers said India was “playing the Tibet card”. referring to the Dalai Lama being hosted in December for the first time at the Rashtrapati Bhavan along with other No- bel laureates. INTEGRITY” response is At the same time. And China. “China the current status? response is its increasing anxiety on the succession has no business telling us A. the process of succession should be respected and ain a part of India. Traditionally. has there been a change in India’s approach? “If there is any change. a stake. to Kaushik Deka.” he says simply. the Tawang visit has been seen as a shift in India’s diplomacy. “We have no ulterior TERRITORIAL reason for China’s iery motives in Tibet. Supp- orters of the Narendra Modi government say India is finally standing up to China—ironically. the a boundary with Tibet and A.” n A.” says UPFRONT their comments. clear to India. “China. We should be flag-bearers on this Q. Nirupama Rao. the caretaker of the Urgeyling monastery when you say India shares Pradesh? in Tawang. for Lama Q. “It’s an issue where India too has ency is Tawang. Government of India. Our brief is not Curzonian. on the Dalai little sensitivity to India’s made their displeasure China came into the picture Lama succes. a scholar at the China Institutes for Contemporary Interna- tional Relations in Beijing. not China? integral part of India. in Arunachal pied Tibet. playing dead cannot be an to receive a terse response option for a self-respecting large country like India.

more recently. working hanging precariously on to livelihoods. It seems bilateral suicides across 2015 were due to bank relations. In other words. a navy 2013 in agriculture. by SBI chairman Arundhati Bhattacharya TIES INDEX All at Sea Farm Debt Trap On political and. poll promise to waive over Rs 36. culture.8 CRORE CRORE MILLION Responding to a distress call early on April 9. and our territorial integrity. this is his sixth visit. at least on the high seas. or 59% Aditya. immediately government has 2015. Chetak helicopter carried out a reconnaissance of the vessel. INS Trishul and INS Crop loans UP Crop loans in UP in People. it plugs incentives for future borrowers Q. In But whatever the solu. sounded a iscally now. [loan] waivers Q. it impacts credit discipline. But economists closely together. Was there no Indian role. INS Tarkash. on deployment to the Mediterranean. had rescued warn that loan waivers are fiscally reckless. farm loans. “had received reports from 42% 80% Increase in farmer Of these suicides in the UK Marine Trade Operations. n predecessor Raghuram Rajan and. They are popular.” trigger a controversy? A.7% hectares (less “in Chinese naval aircraft” carried out the rescue. I t was meant to be a rare bit of it’s hard to contest the Yogi Adityanath government’s move good news amid increasingly to waive farm loans. https://t.900 crore in force. when asked about the omission. on April 9. and showed the 22. leader for us—as he is for compromised in the Patel is echoing sentiments expressed by his his followers around the bargain. the RBI governor. temporarily forget their long (and growing) list of diferences.” not India. world—than a political PU LLQUOTE ditionally part of China. GSDP generated small landhold- pected to beneit by agriculture. Share of UP’s have marginal or Farmers ex- Beijing.” Hua replied. Working with the written of in 2017 31. Did you invite the Dalai dispute between India Lama knowing it would and China be resolved? engender moral hazard. perhaps. even tweeted a photo 8. Arunachal Pradesh’s farmers in Maharashtra and Tamil Nadu also He is more of a spiritual geography must not be demanding thousands of crores in loan waivers. showing that both neighbours could. with fact. and two consecutive stormy relations: the Indian years of drought have left Indian farmers in several states and Chinese navies. down from 29. n the country in 2014 debts.6 85% of a Chetak helicopter lying above the Yulin. making out of UP’s 23 a decade ago than 5 acres) no mention of India’s role in the reconnaissance. employed People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) vessel Yulin. special forces members of the navy rescued the 18 members on board”. 2 017 INDIA TODAY 5 . remain in troubled waters. I have been invit- If we recognise Tibet’s ing him since 2011 and “It undermines [an] honest credit assimilation with China. replied that “under cover of our helicopters. 36. This dispute must end nor Arunachal was tra. It has been going prudent note as the UP government fulilled a time the Dalai Lama has on for over six decades. and cut off a hijacked Tuvaluan merchant productive investments in agriculture ship near the Gulf of Aden. humanitarian grounds.2% MILLION Of UP farmers INS Mumbai in close proximity to the Chinese vessel. says 2011 census before the green light was given for the 18 Chinese personnel to board. she was asked. however.359 55. the Indian Navy said the INS Mumbai. leader. The Indian Navy. ings of below 2 The Chinese defence ministry said 16 Chinese personnel from debt relief. tion. The decision had a ripple efect.600 38. we are privileged by His then they too must respect Holiness’s visit.000 crore in visited Arunachal. This is not the first URJIT PATEL. How should the border to repay. for now. had a very diferent take the next day. Foreign million farmers ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying. “The Chinese convoy. according to —Ananth Krishnan and 2015 NCRB data A PR I L 2 4. up from of UP’s work- came to the aid of the hijacked vessel.

Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has launched ‘Mee Mukhyamantri Boltoy’ (This is me. Amarnath K. Jogi’s party denies it. His April 5 remark them was Bihar’s Opposition went viral. The John likely soon. the Chhattisgarh Janata Congress. leader Sushilkumar Modi. who lost no time opposing a Ram temple in inding his modern equal in Prime Ayodhya will be behead. the ancient Footsteps capital of the Mauryan empire. Sushilkumar explained. elections next year. Jogi Ride M aharashtra Nitish Kumar is yet to respond. whose from Fadnavis’s hometown Nagpur. the armed forces brass is speculating if the appointee will be an admiral. Supporters of Curtains on a Games Jogi’s party. birthday falls on April 29. The BJP Singh be booked for the hate has in the past described Chan- speech and the police oicers. the CM. be taken to task. has kicked Asoka in Patna soon turned into competitive sycophancy among up a storm by saying that ‘traitors’ BJP leaders. on the lines of PM Narendra Modi’s ‘Mann ki Baat’ on radio. Anderson Suite will now ciple was set aside by the government The names of a transport company be the Vivekananda while picking General Bipin Rawat owner and an MLA are doing the Room. speaking). Since the seniority prin. who represents Goshamahal in the Telangana assembly. Among ed. F The brains behind the initiative is state ormer Chhattisgarh chief information secretary Brijesh Singh minister Ajit Jogi. but Class Suite that hazard a guess on the new appointee. but an unre. Sandeep Unnithan. has Guessing already got a present—a “crowd- funded” helicopter. few are willing to rounds as the likely financiers. The irst episode was telecast Flying High on AIR’s Asmita channel on April 9. ground chamber. The pentant Singh repeated writ of both Asoka and Narendra it four days later. financed Colonial Past W ith the ile on the appointment of the irst chief of defence the helicopter for their leader so that W est Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi is ridding Kolkata’s Raj Bhavan of staf doing the rounds of the PMO. founder of the were at the venue where he made Mauryan empire. He has renamed general or air chief marshal. The Second as the army chief. son as members of the Kushwaha community. https://t.322nd birth anniver- sary celebrations of Emperor B JP MLA UPFRONT GL ASSHOUSE Paean to the PM Vile Talk T he 2. Ergo. Menon. he can comfortably do the 600-odd public meetings that Jogi colonial vestiges. Tare INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. housed staff and ser- vants will simply be called the under. —Amitabh Srivastava. Muslim Modi. Romita Datta. and his grand- the comment. Sushilkumar has now demanded that the Bihar In Modi’s government rename state capital Patna as Pataliputra. leaders are demanding “ran over the world”. The buzz hopes to address the VVIP Prince of Wales Suite as in South Block is the appointment is before the assembly Rabindranath Room. Minister Narendra Modi. Raja Singh. But something was amiss. who dragupta Maurya. 2 017 . Rahul Noronha and Kiran D.

He has parleyed this an expert in military law. espionage are tried by our regular judiciary with the full rights as if this majority is who Bhagat. man Sachs alumnus.” says Major Navdeep Singh (retired). disingenuous shtick into a self-appointed role as the voice Pakistan’s move was clearly aimed at diverting some of the flak of Indian SENTENCE C H AT T E R The week in social media PAKISTAN’S @ShougatDasgupta SHOW TRIAL Don’t Block Social Media The recent violence in Bhadrak. she got her by Indian security agencies in a tit-for-tat response to Jadhav’s own back. All social media platforms were blocked for 48 hours. would be viewed as “noth- ing short of premeditated murder”. Simple- tacks and a voluble campaign to declare Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) minded emotional blackmail sold as reasonableness. represents. It’s —Sandeep Unnithan not right to laugh. Last week. Last week. According to a Pakistani military press release. a controversial journalist with an outspoken a retired Pakistani army officer. It is a common response to unrest. meanwhile. an IIT-IIM and Gold- available to any other citizen. it is also a means of countering false narratives and com- municating emergency information. Dozens of shops were burned down and a cur- few was ordered as the Centre rushed paramili- tary forces to the town. “India six hours. Pakistan has denied Indian diplomats access to Jadhav 13 times since his arrest. The Pakistani media. army Half-baked chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa confirmed Jadhav’s death sentence handed down for “involvement in espionage and sabotage activities”. Even those facing charges of types”. who distaste for Amit Shah and the prime minister. if carried out. n founder Maulana Masood Azhar a global terrorist. But ha ha. friend has gone viral. but appeared mostly directed at prop- erty rather than people. Lt Colonel Mohammad Habib. https://t. viewed over two million times in just cal Rights. Odisha. An Indian man employed in the UAE was sacked abduction. Just more smoke and mirrors? n and deported for his persistent online abuse of Ayyub. had been abducted been at the end of vicious trolling. Forcing the Pakistanis to stop Jadhav’s execution will now put Indian diploma- cy to test. Options on the table could include leaning on Pakistan’s patrons and India’s friends in the Arab world. Are virtual curfews ever J ust when it seemed India-Pakistan relations couldn’t get any necessary? Or are they used to limit free speech under the worse. a retired Indian naval commander supposedly arrested in Balochistan on March 3 last year and charged with spying. came the April 10 announcement that Pakistan was to pretext of law and order? n execute Kulbhushan Jadhav. was rife with speculation that Troll Dismissed Rana Ayyub. which calls for trial under an independent court. has often went missing from Lumbini in Nepal on April 6. The novel was dedicated to the “non-English does not try civilians in military courts. Military law experts say Jadhav’s court martial goes against the The trailer for the ilm version of Chetan Bhagat’s Half Girl- spirit of Article 14 of the International Covenant on Civil and Politi. as if this majority is Bhagat’s natural constituency. as Kashmiris know all too well. described Jadhav’s trial as “farcical” and said the sentence. n . Reports suggest the trouble started when Vishwa Hindu Parishad and Bajrang Dal activists demanded the arrest of three Muslims who were accused of making insulting remarks about Ram and Sita on a Facebook thread. was communal. India’s external affairs ministry issued a démarche to Pakistan’s high commissioner in Delhi. The ministry says Jadhav was kidnapped from Iran. But if social media can be a means of fomenting unrest. What a disservice to the majority. he made a “request” to the “Muslim community” to give “its blessing” to the building of it has taken in recent months following cross-border terrorist at- a Ram temple on the disputed site in Ayodhya.

it turns able businesses. The finance RBI assumes and hopes that they will pick minister admitted them to be Rs 6 lakh crore up normal banking business while they are in the middle of 2016. ‘securitise’ them—that is. Will any the judicial process until they pay. mainly govern. If the hunger for clarity machines for the job. Desai T he Reserve Bank of India (RBI) money out of unwilling borrowers—and the takes pains not to be misunder. It goes into the history of bank regula- So what the RBI has now thought of is tion and tries to find some way of relating a bank that would have two very different the new institutions to the ones proposed by functions. which will be made to To put it baldly. wholesale and long-term banks. But they will be set up by them as packages. This is not entirely the RBI’s fault. Once they have liquidated the It has been dithering for at least a decade bad loans. One of its conspicuously awkward in. https://t. sold off their assets and realised Realisation of bad loans will be a side The wholesale whatever a firesale can raise. it would take ‘priority sector one committee or another. it would take from banks put in Rs 1. Rating agencies and collecting the bad debts. To say that now would performing assets—of old. long-term loans for infra- and have neither written off. but they are er’s problem. because business house take a licence on these terms? ‘banks’ only in they can afford expensive litigation. unspecialised. it would also take off small loans to unreli. the RBI could not be bothered ‘banks’ only in the sense that they will hold less. Second. Small The RBI has tried and failed to attract any in the sense that borrowers must be dealt with in a more the past. Then it lets the cat out of the bag. and give big. The big on the thankless job? Because otherwise banks are borrowers have to be hounded through they will not get a banking licence. ventions is wholesale and long-term finance They will have no assets. It will be package them into relatively homogeneous ‘universal’—that is. So the ment banks. the bad loans of other banks. liquidation. for instance. If not. have skyrocketed. long-term loans banks have the globe for other countries’ way of dealing given to infrastructure builders who have with the problem. so it returns home to the job. 2 017 . other observers think they are twice to five The RBI does not define the essence of times as much—somewhere between a fifth the new institutions and ask how to create and a half of every rupee lent. lawyers. Experts will be reluctant to the bad debts—euphemistically called non. run-of- bundles carrying similar risks—and sell the-mill—banks. these new institutions will have on licensing new private banks. abroad. It looks across assets’—that is. big business houses. nothing to do. n the bad loans Why these new banks with a silly name? of other banks Because there is a job to be done—extracting The author is former chief economic advisor  INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 UPFRONT POINT OF V IEW Banking on Bad Debt by Ashok V. take a job with them. nor chased them into made these new banks necessary. be to kill them before they are born. it require a lot of specialist staff—financial is a difficult—to be frank. Let us see if it can this time. Let there be specialised stood. them. They will banks. And why should they take and long-term loans requires different strategies. out to be a pretty weird creature. It finds few useful lessons defaulted—off the books of banks. The RBI calls them makes it clumsy. nor made structure—just the kind that went bad and borrowers cough up. banks will not do it. Realising the business for them. chartered accountants. confused—concept traders. First. that it is trying to put across. it they will hold informal fashion. can prevaricate for another dozen years. that is the read.000 crore in equity into each the bad loans they are passively holding bank. Meanwhile.

killed in police firing. when despite mili- tancy being at its peak.1 per cent voter turnout. as manifest in the SRINAG AR abysmal turnout during the Srinagar byelection By Asit Jolly MUKHTAR KHAN / AP E ight STATES MADHYA PRADESH: MAHARASHTRA: PALACE INTRIGUES JOURNOS GET COVER JA MMU & K ASHMIR A New Low in the Valley The alienation of the people is near total. when Mohammad Shafi Bhat of the Na- tional Conference took Srinagar without contest. including a 15-year- old schoolboy. but the alienation of the people across the Valley was writ in the five per cent turnout in neighbouring Anantnag and Baramulla. It’s the lowest since the beginning of the turmoil in Kashmir in 1989. https://t.9 per cent in assembly Kashmiri stone pelters outside a polling station in Srinagar on April 9 polls and 48. Ever since 1996. 2 017 . Apprehensions of even greater violence and a more embarrass- ing rejection of the poll process forced the Election Commission of India to defer the other J&K byelection slated for April 12 in the Anantnag Lok Sabha constituency in volatile South Kashmir. including a hundred security personnel injured—but perhaps the most ominous signal from the still-to-be-concluded April 9 Lok Sabha byelection in Srinagar is the abysmal 7. Kashmiris voted in SLING SHOTS large numbers (53. at least 300.1 in Lok Sabha). Delhi has 1 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4.

The rival OPS Srinagar and Delhi. stations. https://t. bid to purchase votes by rival factions of the late chief minister’s party. Panneerselvam. centre. lence” including a polling booth set on fire. polling officials thrashed and vehicles ferry. “It’s very quickly getting to a situation worse than the late 1980s. necessitated by J. Denied the AIADMK’s familiar ‘two-leaves’ poll symbol. Menon CHENNAI AFRAID THEY WOULD T he Election Commission of India (EC) BE RECOGNISED has been forced to put of the byelection in Tamil Nadu’s Radhakrishnan (RK) Nagar assembly constituency. the events of the past week. With the RK Nagar result promising to be the clincher on the true Back in December 2016. RK Nagar ing security personnel and EC staff torched. J&K’s chief electoral officer (CEO) The EC’s action on April 9 came amid allegations of an unprecedented Shantamanu listed “200 incidents of vio. OPS camp rival. the OPS faction created more have been lost. has become a desperate. Panneerselvam (OPS). Now. make-or-break battle for both factions. both factions had pulled out all the peace in the Valley. Apart from all this. TA M I L N A D U Amma) candidate in RK Nagar scores of young men. the AIADMK. 2 017 INDIA TODAY  . It wasn’t unlike the spontaneous It was an equally perplexing time for RK Nagar’s 250. and the breakaway AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi Amma) nised.V. V. Chief Minister Mehboo- stops. it would appear that. headed by former CM O. amid relative claimant to Jayalalithaa’s legacy.” says a former J&K police officer who fears the anger that erupted after Hizbul Mujahideen militant HEAT AND DUST Burhan Wani’s killing in July last year O. between baskar. Many had their faces covered. and a resounding 65.T. tants in encounters. using Delhi’s own yardstick. some with their faces masked. This was tom-tommed even more in 2014 when close to 50 per cent voted in the Lok Sabha elections. pelted stones and petrol bombs at security forces deployed outside polling Lost Challenge THE HANDFUL OF AIADMK factions turn bypoll into a desperate referendum on their legitimacy VOTERS THAT DID EMERGE WERE By Amarnath K.K. Jayalalithaa’s demise. Dhinakaran of the recently the crowds of youth pelting stones ruling faction with a ‘hat’ as his poll symbol. the The handful of voters that did emerge from ruling AIADMK (Amma) faction owing allegiance to the incarcerated their homes were fearful of being recog. Sasikala. canvasses “hasn’t abated”. faction similarly faces allegations of having tried to buy voters through fer remedies during the winter hiatus may their functionaries. for his AIADMK (Puratchi Thalaivi During polling in Srinagar on April 9. Vijaya- byelections. But given the ferocity of the response to the from bank accounts associated with state health minister C.000 voters. protests through 2016 summer. She had also spoken about Income tax oicials pointed to withdrawals worth Rs 100 crore “building bridges and mending fences”. and a ‘lamp post’ for the at army and police personnel battling mili. n drama. seem to suggest that the Val- ley is more alienated than ever JAISON G consistently presented the high voter turn- outs as evidence of the common Kashmiri’s commitment to Indian democracy. or more confronted with new faces and poll symbols—T. Madhusudanan. E.2 per cent turned out in the assembly elections that saw the Peoples Democratic Party and the Bharatiya Janata Party cobble an unlikely alliance to form the state government. Cash and other allurements were reportedly ofered both within ba Mufti had candidly admitted that it was the constituency as well as through conduits from contiguous areas. the opportunity to of. bringing in mock coins of Jayalalithaa to fuel rumours that A PR I L 2 4. allegedly for distribution to voters in RK Nagar. “a fragile calm”.

her maternal aunt Maya Singh British in committing atrocities on too is a minister. To press her point. Palace Intrigues Competing rivals in RK Nagar How the Scindias keep it all in the family BHOPAL have managed to completely frustrate the EC’s comprehensive measures to check the cash-for-votes menace. more about being for or against the qualiied the corrupt contestants. The Congress. Yashodhara Raje. jayaraje Scindia and a minister in the mahal (‘palace’ as the Gwalior royals Meanwhile. 2 017 . After it was put Now Chouhan must have been unique kind of politics at play in of twice and cancelled. from over. Poll oicials say new modes of bribing voters have made it an even greater challenge to restore electoral integrity. The support”. richi”. she also Scindia baiter and higher education post-Jayalalithaa churn is clearly far stayed away from the Ater campaign. Vi- tion of Thanjavur and Aravaku- the people of Bhind in 1857. besides Yashod- against letting it become “a repeti. CM Chouhan’s state- gifts to voters by candidates and Bharatiya Janata Party. It was jayaraje’s brother Dhyanendra Singh. The commission has declared that no election will be held in the constituency until the vitiating efect is cleared. the EC cancelled polls—a Scindia. During the assembly polls in ostensibly to target Jyotiraditya is an ex-minister. the youngest daughter of the late Vi. following bly polls. retorted that the are commonly referred to). Nagar is particularly worrisome BJP in MP had been built with her The BJP’s anti-mahal group is for both AIADMK factions in their mother’s “hard work and financial a powerful coterie including known mutual quest for legitimacy. compli- mented the EC for “rescinding this farce of an election”. On cue. both constituencies. the impasse in RK Chouhan cabinet. aren’t so much along party lines. Her husband. rulers’ purported collusion with the hara. ment has put the focus on a rather political parties. the Congress. but cautioned THE RIVAL PARTIES Graphic by TANMOY CHAKRABORTY FRUSTRATED THE By Rahul Noronha EC’s MEASURES TO CHECK THE CASH-FOR- C ampaigning for the Ater royals who have managed to stay pol- assembly bypolls on April itically relevant after Independence. Former civil servant and conve- nor of the Forum for Electoral Integ- rity. In MP. M A D H YA P R A D E S H And perhaps to avoid possibly ad- verse STATES she did not die of natural causes. n Among the handful of erstwhile Union minister Narendra Singh  INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. Chief Minister Shivraj members of the Scindia clan have Singh Chouhan made some won most of the elections they have scathing references to the Scindia contested. the ruling fac- tion carefully avoided any mention of their general secretary Sasikala’s name throughout the campaign. M. Then there’s also May 2016. Devasahayam. who’s expected to be the Jyotiraditya and the royal lineage in irst in India’s electoral history—in Congress’s face in the 2018 assem.G. minister Jaibhan Singh Pawaiya. But it’s stirred more than But more than the listing of royals reports of distribution of cash and the usual summer storm within the in rival camps. the bypolls aware that there are more Scindia what used to be the princely state of were held in November 2016 when royals within the BJP than in the Gwalior. VOTE MENACE 9. but Election Commission had not dis. https://t. Politics where the divisions the same candidates contested.

n Congress leader Narayan adopted as federal law. Pen Claims One THE SCINDIAS against Sword ‘CLOSE RANKS’ The state inally brings a law to protect WHEN IT journalists against violent attacks MUMBAI COMES TO THE By Kiran D. ministerial face of the Congress passage of the legislation in Maharashtra in 2016. of their personal or political have vandalised the premises of 54 The new law makes assaulting a jou- equations. 2017. Raghu. He was clearly unwill- though. there have already ing to upset journalist associations that in both parties were quick to been 14 instances of such assaults till have been demanding legal protection point out that irrespective April. Predictably. PHVKS convenor S. ernment to act. of ‘attacks on the press’.” he Scindias in the region”.B. given the retinue of the legislative council. anti-mahal leaders four days. in the past decade. making Deputy SP rank police officer formidable anti-mahal faction. state minister Narot- INDRANIL MUKHERJEE / GETT Y IMAGES tam Mishra and Morena MP Anup Mishra (former PM A. even 14 incidents so far in ’17 wants the legislation to be ‘royals’ in his own party. 2 017 . Vajpayee’s nephew). (Prevention of Violence and says admitting that loopholes 82 vanshi quit the Congress and Damage or Loss to Prop. the Scindias close media houses. Halla Virodhi Kruti Samiti (PHVKS). the state legislature (both on reporters and cameramen. Maharashtra the first state needs to certify the victim as CM Chouhan would do well in the country to offer legal a ‘journalist’ before an FIR to choose his battles wisely if protection to journalists. Deshmukh lost the assembly polls in Shiv. Veerendra Raghuvanshi. still remain. The Rane. They will now think twice before my victory would weaken the and Media Institutions assaulting a journalist. Indeed. “Most alleges that “Congress workers assembly and council) unanimously STATES Tomar. a is now firmly with the BJP’s erty) Act. For example. it guarding the mahal’s interests. ATTACKS invoking provisions of the Jyotiraditya is indeed the chief Notably. Tare INTERESTS OF I THE PALACE t’s an ignoble record for a state. That being the case. A detailed compilation rnalist a non-bailable offence with three ranks when it comes to safe. during the on mediapersons in new law can be registered. And they share this with Congressmen like MLA Govind Singh and former ministers Bhagwan Singh Yadav and Aidal Singh Kansana. believes it will discourage future attacks puri in 2013 to Yashodhara. to counter the CM. https://t. by the Patrakar years of jail for the guilty. Conversely. he still in 2018.M. one almost every quiesced quietly. n  INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. ists found guilty of misusing the law. who prompted the Devendra Fadnavis gov. NO MORE Evidence of the blurring Mumbai journalists protest par ty lines was recently visible M AH AR ASHTR A attacks on their colleagues in Delhi in Gwalior when pro-mahal Congress leaders held forth on “Vijayaraje’s contributions to the Jan Sangh and BJP”. ac- on mediapersons. In 2017. On April 7. attackers belong to political organisa- were told not to work for me as dorsed the Maharashtra Mediapersons tions. mobs for over a decade now. Party insid- ers say the group has a common agenda—cut the Scindias down to size in the state. whose committee had initially year 2016 saw as many as 82 attacks questioned the need for such a law. prescribes similar penalties for journal- Former Congress MLA an umbrella body of journalist unions. 24 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. 2 017 .

and that ensures that Aamir Khan is Khan can quote Paulo Coelho as easily as Douglas Adams. unmade in a lash. Manish Sabharwal and the list. tech czar and It is also in keeping with the broad trends sweeping public intellectual knows this: power is nothing if it is not through the world. toward the common good. and where power not for individual enhancement. rather than force. n Illustration by ANIRBAN GHOSH A PR I L 2 4. Power is possibility. Vinod Rai such an integral part of public policy. becoming digitally ready nothing in itself. that if Mukesh Ambani reads late into the night. investing in R&D for the future. The assertion of civic evangelism means that everyone Power is the courage to take risks. slayer of reputations. as UC Berkeley psychologist Dacher Keltner to the world. To inluence what we eat. chan. The possibility that The rise of the sharing economy sees the entry into the allows a petrochemical giant like Reliance to bet list of country heads of giants who are looking at the India big on technology that will control the way we market with great interest—Amazon and Uber. not grabbed. The risk that allows knows they have a larger responsibility to humanity. power is the ability to make a diference lative. because ing a convergence of various technologies. it’s not only makes Deepika Padukone a global beauty and a spokesper. Power that embraces risk. people who inhabit this list are aware of it and are embracing And that inally is the greatest lesson of all: power is it. not just one of India’s most bankable stars but also a cham. instinctively manipu- But. tionary. From another head of a conglomerate like the Aditya Birla Group choosing the right causes to give money to like Shiv Nadar to acquire a mobile giant and hunker down for a battle for to devoting time to the right campaigns like Amitabh Bach- the hearts and minds of the New Indian. Power is in big ideas. communicate with each other and entertain ourselves. used to build alliances. and why Subramanian Swamy. Today’s corporate titan. and studying alternative forms of LEAD ESSAY HIGHER ORDER Power for the greater good. envisaged it—ruthless. above all. 2 017 INDIA TODAY  . of skill devel. and but also an advocate for girl children for United Nations. cultural icon. https://t. The story that makes fear in the hearts of his opponents. lised. Power that tells a story. how we says. networks and collaborations. community or even nation can resolve them. of transparency in public life that has made private the game. Which explains why Ratan Tata can continue in citizens such as Nandan Nilekani. digital and biological spheres. how we live. they want to make a diference. the state wields policy like stealth missiles. about staying ahead of opment. Power. it’s because his mind is always open to wonder. is softer. The India Today Power List 2017 celebrates those who have the courage to channel change BY KAVEREE BAMZAI T hese are not deinitions you will ind in the dic. And if Shah Rukh son for mental health. The idea of Aadhaar. however dynamic times we live in where reputations are made and slightly. Neither could do anything Priyanka Chopra not only a huge television star in America without building social networks. not monopo- can poison as much as it can aid progress. Power is also about relevance. when unicorns become unicorpses. predicated on reputation amuse ourselves. pion of good causes ranging from water conservation to Power in the 21st century is not how Niccolo Machiavelli female empowerment. instils Power is in telling a good story. The fourth industrial revolution is see. more relational. It is for the greater good. reliant on force. blurring the lines the problems of the world are so immense right now that no between the physical. The one individual. It is shared. measured by one’s ability to afect the lives The High and Mighty List of 2017 is in keeping with the of others positively and shift the course of the world. when So power is given. how we relate to one another. because of the pleasure he derives from it. Power is knowledge. having engineered the inelegant exit of Cyrus Mistry. .

and is also on the boards of both Reliance Jio and Because he is a visionary. Devours spiritual as well as science and technology 50 POWER PEOPLE MUKESH AMBANI 59 Industrialist MASTER OF THE UNIVERSE MOMENT When 77 million of Jio’s 100 million subscribers MR BIG signed up for Jio Prime. 22. retail chain Reli. GENERATION NEXT Industries behemoth encompasses ing the total invest. 2015-16 to Rs 1. sometimes till 2 am. https://t. according to sector company and the 24th richest man in the world. Mumbai.7 Because he pumped Matunga. is on the boards of both the world’s largest integrated produc. he Reliance Retail. its highest ever. US. Reliance Jio and Reliance tion facility of polyester ibre rate in India Retail. with the March 2017 Hurun India a net worth of $29. Akash. has started Philanthropy List another revolution.7 billion (Rs 1. His twin Isha. the owner of India’s largest private crore in 2016.12 chief of strategy at Jio. now aspires to be emperor of data with his humongous investment studies at Brown University Photograph by BANDEEP SINGH A PR I L 2 4. 2 017 INDIA TODAY . Also billion (nearly Rs 3 lakh crore) in in huge investments relishes street food 2015-16 and a net proit of Rs 27. and ance Fresh.93 lakh crore). the paid service. After becoming the czar of petrochemicals. tak. 25. Orders them online ART OF GIVING Because with the audacious capture of 12 per cent Was third on the India of India’s mobile telephony market in less than six months philanthropy list with donations of Rs 303 through Reliance Jio. Anant. the high. a graduate of the world’s largest petroleum reinery ments announced in Brown University. is a Yale University graduate. with 3.300 stores. the Reliance nesses in 2016. after the end of the free ofer period BUSINESS WINDING DOWN Reads late into the night. est ever by a corpo. is processing capacity. 630 into his various busi- crore. and lakh crore. this time in telecommunications FAVOURITE FOOD Idli-sambar from the Mysore Cafe in Because with revenues of $44.

me/SaS_Books 50 POWER PEOPLE REX FEATURES / AP RATAN TATA 79 Industrialist RETURN OF THE JEDI Because as chairman of Tata Trusts. chairman group companies on charges of non-performance of Bombay Dyeing and one-time friend. Land Rover Freelander. https://t.7 million Sons. FAVOURITE CAR Corporation. JP Morgan Chase. Venkataramanan. based Falcon Edge Capital to Cadillac XLR. Dorabji Tata Trust on Trade and Industry. two group companies allegations levelled by Mistry which controls the $103 and continues to be India’s most billion Tata business empire OLD BUDDY admired industrialist. advising R. California. together put in Rs 650 crore Benz 500 SL and ant N. Prime Minister Narendra Modi Because he has been a managing trustee of Sir as a member on his Council champion of innovation. and investing in 29 start-ups in top MNCs such as Mitsubishi less than two years after re. transportation. dramatically ousting then chairman FRIEND TO FOE Cyrus Mistry. Mercedes Because his trusted lieuten. turned foe after he supported Mistry on the boards of Because he has weathered all at the helm of Tata Sons. international advisory boards and is in talks with US. Chandrasekaran is now into taxi aggregator Ola Chrysler Sebring 2. Also has a Holdings as a member on their inance and baby products. has 6. in areas as diverse His red Ferrari Rolls Royce and Temasek as retail. which holds FAN CLUB Though not a frequent over 60 per cent stake in group holding company Tata tweeter. he came out of retirement to efect a coup in followers on Twitter September 2016. tirement. irst from the group’s helm and later from Nusli Wadia. Maserati Quattroporte.

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says has lost temper just Because in the 22 years at Because he paid $2. the University alumna. his in October 2016 telecom business. he has created 50 POWER PEOPLE KUMAR MANGALAM BIRLA 49 Industrialist IDEA NO. which provides microinance to rural women. telecom. textiles. https://t. 35 per cent market share. 1 MENTORING THE FUTURE Was named chairman of the Indian Institute of Management. Group’s cement units in London.66 lakh crore) and a leading Group’s cement business GENERATION NEXT presence in aluminium. Ahmedabad Because by leading the merger of Idea. 13.600 crore) for the Aditya Birla Group into a the acquisition of Jaypee BEST HOLIDAY SPOT formidable global conglomerate. NEVER A DULL DAY Comes to oice on most dia’s largest mobile telephony company with over Sundays to complete 395 million subscribers. founded inancial services and telecom largest in India Svatantra Microinance.2 billion (Rs 1.5 lakh crore) deal. 2 017 INDIA TODAY  . pending work and 41 per cent slice of revenue CAPTAIN COOL Calm demeanour in oice. an Oxford viscose staple ibre. chemicals and viscose staple ibre on the one hand and to charity. taking Aditya Birla travels together 2. mixing conventional and new-age businesses— collected from his exhibitions cement. textiles and fertilisers on the other is in school Photograph by RACHIT GOSWAMI A PR I L 2 4. with Vodafone India in a $23. Advaitesha. 19. where the family with revenues of $41 billion (Rs 2016. of 100 MT capacity. donates money revenues. 22. UltraTech closer to its target Ananya. three times at work the top. cement.000 crore in and painter. Aryaman Because he merged Aditya Birla Nuvo with the cash-rich Vikram. an avid cricketer Grasim Industries to create an entity with Rs 60.4 bil. he has transformed lion (Rs 15.

Gujarat and Rajasthan GENERATION NEXT Karan.000 MW capacity. with solar projects YOGI in Tamil Nadu. 2 017 . is studying at University of Pennsylvania 24 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4.7 billion (Rs 1. 29. plans to add 10. His latest. is expanding one of the world’s largest coal mines in Australia at $21. 19. and building a greenield multi-purpose port near Kuala Lumpur Because he’s still bullish on India when many private entrepreneurs are shying away.000 crore investments in Gujarat in January 2017 RAGS TO RICHES BABA RAMDEV College dropout.000 MW of renewable power.4 lakh crore).me/SaS_Books 50 POWER PEOPLE SHAILESH RAVAL GAUTAM ADANI 54 Industrialist Photograph by BANDEEP SINGH PORT OF CALL Because he is one of India’s most astute businessmen with an appetite for big risks. is CEO of Adani Port & SEZ. an audacious push in the global markets when companies are turning more conservative. Jeet. https://t. pledg- ing Rs 49. was diamond sorter in 51 Yoga guru Mumbai before starting own brokerage GREEN PUSH POWER India’s largest power producer with over 11.

the PM granted his wish in November 2016 spike from Rs 5. In 2016. opposition from the bureau. Prime Minister Narendra the Maharashtra government GENERATION NEXT Modi and the BJP has helped allotted land to Baba Ram. FIGHTING FIT top advertisers in the TV/ search labs and educational Beat Beijing Olympic silver digital media space. we his Patanjali empire grow. exhibited yoga skills on TV show Because his proximity to cracy and Opposition parties. played football 20 hours of ad time every day Because in 2016. with revenues expected to advocate.” he says A PR I L 2 4.000 stores nationwide Still has the Bajaj scooter he had as an Ayurveda products salesman Because he is one of India’s land for his factories. 2 017 INDIA TODAY  . “At our acharyakulams. BLACK MONEY WARRIOR Because he presides over the fastest-growing An early demonetisation FMCG empire in the country. despite at an MPs vs actors match. Over a thou- sand Patanjali products now reach millions of Indian OLD FAVOURITE households through 47.000 crore in 2015-2016. with dev’s food park at 75 per cent are creating hundreds of party chief ministers allotting discount Ramdevs. institutes medallist Andrey Stadnik 12-0 Patanjali ads averaged close to in a show bout. re.

its eCitySmart car. 30. SsangYong ANAND MAHINDRA 61 Industrialist WHEEL OF FORTUNE Because India’s most non-controversial ROLE MODEL US inancial media irm Benzinga put him in and articulate businessman with 4.15 In 2016. top 10 global CEOs to follow on Twitter lion Twitter followers overcame the Supreme Court ban on diesel vehicles in Delhi and ierce CROWNING GLORY Appointed Knight of the National Order of competition from MNCs in the SUV segment the French Legion of Honour in March 2016 to launch 14 models in 2016 TURNAROUND MOMENT Because his Rs 1. lakh crore Mahindra of the Reva electric reported its irst annual net proit in a Group has signed up with car plans to develop decade of 58. and has invested GENERATION NEXT e-buses by 2018 in line BANDEEP SINGH in agriculture start-up Aalika. will launch e-vehicles in India. a 100 per Because the maker cent subsidiary of Mahindra & Mahindra. 34. https://t. is a freelance writer.47 mil. the an e-SUV and even e2oPlus. is the creative director of alternative energy push Verve magazine . with the government’s MeraKisan Divya.1 billion Korean won France’s Segnere to make up to four afordable (Rs 329 crore) airframes. .

Daughter Vidhi.200 crore) in December 2016 Because he is the second-richest Indian after Mukesh Ambani. 31. and his Sun Pha- UDAY KOTAK rma is the world’s ifth-largest generics company 58 Industrialist Because his perspectives on macroeconomic fundamentals are much sought after by the government and media alike SAFE DEPOSIT Because he picked up a 19. bank to two Canadian pension funds for around works at Sun Pharma in the marketing division Rs 3.7 billion (Rs 95. is pursuing an MBA at Harvard University. 2 017 .me/SaS_Books DILIP SHANGHVI 61 Industrialist RIGHT PRESCRIPTION Because his aggressive overseas acquisitions continue even as cross-border M&As are drying up. https://t. is a molecular biology graduate from the University of Michigan and heads the PROFITABLE MOVE emerging markets division of the Sun-Ranbaxy Sold 1. despite getting in-principle approval in 2014.9 per cent stake in EXPANDING THE HORIZON Airtel M-Commerce in February 2016. and has assets under from Canada’s Niko Resources management to over Rs 1 lakh REVERSE GEAR Because he made Kotak Mahindra the fourth Withdrew plans to launch a payments bank in largest private sector bank by acquiring ING Vysya May 2016. 27. works on the mid-day meal programme at Kotak Education Foundation  INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. with a net worth of $14.3 per company’s life insurance business over 50 per cent stake in the Hazira oil and gas ield cent compared to a year ago. acquiring skin cancer drug Odomzo from Swiss MANDAR DEODHAR giant Novartis for $175 million (nearly Rs 1. grew his His Sun Oil and Natural Gas bought 33. with revenues of Rs 9.550 crore).5 per cent of his 30. Dhawal.355 crore to comply with an RBI directive KUNI TAKAHASHI / GETT Y IMAGES FAMILY MATTER Was raised in a Gujarati Lohana joint family with 60 people sharing one kitchen—capitalism at work and socialism at home.513 crore in 2015-16 GENERATION NEXT Son Aalok. 24. according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index March 2017.3 per cent stake in his combine. a Wharton graduate. as he’d call it SOUND OF MUSIC Loved playing the sitar until work robbed him of the time to do so GENERATION NEXT Jay.

8 billion (Rs 89. Tamil Took up running in mid- with NTT Docomo Nadu. with a net worth of $13.5 lakh crore) the irst professional in March 2016. as chief executive of TCS 53 50 POWER PEOPLE AZIM PREMJI 71 Industrialist A MIGHTY HEART Because India’s eighth richest Indian. used to walk 40s due to history of for enforcement of $1. 2 017 billion arbitration award school every day an avid marathoner . plays golf occasionally GENERATION NEXT Rishad. 40. is Wipro’s Chief Strategy Oicer and member of the board. CHANDRASEKARAN / NEW Because this Tata Because his seven years veteran with a 30-year. is now 42 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. Traded his modest Toyota for HEMANT MISHRA / GET T Y IMAGES a second-hand Mercedes Benz from an employee SWEATING IT OUT Jogs daily.990 crore) and Brazilian irm InfoServer for $8. with $103 billion (over Rs 7 a market capitalisation lakh crore) Tata Group (value of the company’s after Cyrus Mistry’s traded shares) of over $70 ouster. acquiring Florida tech insurance irm HealthPlan Services for $460 million (Rs 2. making him billion (Rs 4. younger son Tariq is also at Wipro VIVAN MEHRA THE CHOSEN ONE N.514 crore through Azim Premji Philanthropic Initiatives and the Azim Premji Trust Because under him Wipro had a busy 2016. infused Rs 162 crore into Bengaluru venture ID Fresh Foods in January 2017 SMART SAVER Flies economy.700 crore).17 three kilometres to diabetes in family.7 million (Rs 56 crore) MENTOR-IN-CHIEF Funds irms through Premji Invest. https://t. was at his most generous in 2016. donating Rs 27. Tata Sons long stint was anointed took the company to its seventh Chairman of the number one position. more executive as well as the than half the m-cap of irst non-Parsi to head the the 29 publicly listed Tata conglomerate companies put together FIRST OFF THE BLOCK CHILDHOOD LESSONS FAST TRACK Reached settlement Born in Namakkal.


28 Indian Cricket

Rs 110 crore endorsement deal with
Puma. Endorsement fee Rs 5 crore a
day is highest among Indian celebrities
Because his ability Because he is the only
to assess situations and Indian captain to win six FIRST CRUSH
win matches for India, consecutive Test series, Karisma Kapoor; he is dating actor
almost at will, makes the irst batsman to slam Anushka Sharma
him the most valuable four double hundreds in
player of the team. In successive series. Between
2016, Kohli averaged August 2015 and February He sports seven tattoos: a
more than any other 2017, Kohli was without monastery, Lord Shiva in meditation,
Indian batsman—75 in a defeat in 19 Tests, the Test cap number 269, ODI cap number
Tests, 92 in ODIs and a longest streak for any 175, parents’ name in Hindi, a Samurai
phenomenal 106 in T20s Indian captain and the zodiac sign of Scorpio

3 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4, 2 017
61 Former chairman,

Because the government has made his
brainchild, the Aadhaar card, mandatory for PAN
cards and iling of income tax returns

Because the Narendra Modi government has
made him a special invitee in the 13-member com-
mittee set up to promote digital payment systems

Because he is one of India’s most proliic
angel investors, giving over $50 million to a dozen
start-ups in just one year and committing to invest
$25 million more

When Infosys went public in 1993, no one
picked up the stock. Among the irst people 42 Country Manager,
Nilekani tried to sell the Infy stock to was his IIT Amazon India
Bombay senior Jairam Ramesh

Daughter Jahnavi, 27, is a trustee of Arghyam,
a foundation providing grants with a focus on SHOPPING
groundwater and sanitation, and a PhD student
in public policy at Harvard University; son
Nihar, 26, is a Yale University graduate
Because he adopted a policy of lower costs,
higher sales and fewer defects at Amazon
India, selling through his platform 26 per
cent of the $10.2 billion (over Rs 65,000 crore)
worth of goods sold across all online platforms
in India by May 2016

Because he was promoted to global senior
vice-president just a year after being included
in the senior leadership at Amazon

Wanted to become a primary school
teacher and start his own school

Mountaineering, one reason he chose to join

Amazon in Seattle in 1999

Had to apologise to Sushma Swaraj for
Indian lag doormats being on sale on the portal

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74 Actor


Because he continues to com-
mand the screens for his talent, with
SUNIL MITTAL scripts written around him. After his
59 Founder-Chairman, National Award-winning performance
Bharti Enterprises
in Piku, Bachchan followed it up with
another power-packed show in Pink

STILL IN THE RING Because at 74, he is still courted by
advertisers and trusted by audiences and is the
Because he is the telecom czar of India, the face of over 10 brands
chairman of what was till recently India’s larg-
est mobile operator with a subscriber base Because with 26.1 million followers on
of 270 million Twitter, second only to PM Modi, he cuts across
as a positive igure who uses the platform to
Because he clearly wants to lead the big reminisce, congratulate and recommend rather
data revolution in India and give Reliance Jio than lament and create controversy
stif competition. A series of strategic acquisi-
tions, such as Tikona Digital Networks, Telenor Because he has the government’s seal of
and Augere Wireless, have made Airtel the approval. Whether it is promoting the Swachh
second company after Reliance Jio to have pan- Bharat Abhiyaan, family planning, polio
India presence in the 2,300 Mhz band, which vaccination or a tuberculosis-free India, he is
has the second-largest ecosystem of 4G devices the go-to face for the Centre’s welfare schemes,
which he does pro bono
Because not only does he head the world’s
third-largest telephony company but is also
the irst Indian to be elected the chairman of COMING SOON
GSMA, which represents the interests of Working with Aamir Khan for the irst
mobile operators worldwide time in Thugs of Hindostan

NUMBERS GAME Grand-daughter Navya Naveli
All his cars have the same number plate, Nanda, 19, is a social media star in her
0023, after his date of birth, October 23 own right for her busy Instagram feed;
Agastya Nanda, 16, is studying in
GENERATION NEXT London; Aaradhya Bachchan, 5,
Eiesha, 33, runs a fashion investment the youngest of the Bachchans, is

fund; Kavin, 29, is founder and CEO of Hike a student at the Dhirubhai Ambani
Messenger, the world’s sixth largest mobile International School
messaging application; twin Shravin
works on an independent business venture 

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His airline. Indigo. He wanted to set up a telecom THE BENEFACTOR venture with Nortel in the 1980s Because with total donations of Rs 630 crore in 2016. worth Rs 73.65 billion makes him the 38th richest in India. gave away 27 per cent of his wealth. nurtures artists and is a key driver for skilling and job creation at the grassroots Because he has begun the reinvention of the struggling IT services sector and is creating high quality jobs for youth through an agreement with Andhra Pradesh—HCL will invest Rs 500 crore in the project QUICK LEARNER Picked up English watching English films SHEKHAR GHOSH GENERATION NEXT Daughter Roshni. and was at Madhav. 15. and will get a new aircraft every nine days till 2027 Because he was the irst to tell Indian SHIV NADAR liers that he respected their time and made on-time performance a key 71 Founder-chairman. has grown beyond an IT company and represents excellence in RAHUL BHATIA 61 Group MD.000 crore is the largest and most proitable airline in India Because Indigo notched a 40 per cent market share and a 28 per cent year-on- year growth in passenger volumes.000 GENERATION NEXT crore. and Sumita. both number 5 in generosity in 2015 students Because HCL. 35. Interglobe Enterprises AIR KING Because a net worth of $3. completed a decade in 2016 and at a valuation of Rs 35. is executive director and CEO of HCL Enterprise  INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. HCL metric at Indigo & Shiv Nadar Foundation DID YOU KNOW? Travel wasn’t his irst career choice. 18. WORK MANTRA Delegate authority and work the Hurun Research Institute named him the most philanthropic Indian for 2016. Nadar. https://t. the country’s fourth largest software services irm. 2 017 .

synonymous with digital payments.000 per cent. Paytm has the deepest penetration in India Because he was quick to spot a vacuum in his business and ix it. State Bank of India SHEKHAR GHOSH VIJAY SHEKHAR SHARMA 43 Founder-CEO. is a big RACHIT GOSWAMI fan of Coldplay FAVOURITE QUOTE “Someday you are the pigeon and someday you are the statue”  INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. With over 200 million users. Paytm PAY AND PLAY Because he is the pioneer of an idea that was once audacious but is today one of the deining pillars of the India growth story. his company name is almost a verb now. he realised the untapped opportunity in oline payments and increased their share to nearly 40 per cent from 1 per cent in the past one year Because he isn’t capping his ambition at India 50 POWER PEOPLE ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA / NEW 61 Chairman. 2 017 . Even as money added to Paytm accounts grew at over 1. The biggest beneiciary of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s surprise demonetisation. Paytm took its global leap this year with services in Canada STRIKING A CHORD Wants to set up a Sanskrit rock band. https://t.

08 lakh crore till with a 22 per cent market to the global league of Top 50 with a December 2016 share. March 2017 A PR I L 2 4. more than HELPING HAND Bank of India through 22.000 ATMs Husband Pritimoy Bhatta- the tumultuous charya manages home to aid the busy banker demonetisation Because she is positioning SBI as ‘the banker to digital India’ by focusing on exercise. she led the State balance-sheet size of Rs 41 lakh crore. 2 017 INDIA TODAY  .me/SaS_Books CREDIT CZARINA Because as head of Because she oversaw the merger of ive BIGGEST CHALLENGE of SBI’s subsidiaries and the Bharatiya Fighting bad loans worth the country’s largest bank. Mahila Bank with itself. beginning TOP HONOUR technology to improve the outreach of November 8 last year Among 50 greatest the 211-year-old bank leaders in the world in Fortune magazine.500 branches and 58. 500 million customers. https://t. taking the bank Rs 1.

signalled his strong Sangh 50 POWER PEOPLE SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY 77 Politician MASTER BLASTER Because his Rajya Sabha nomination in April 2016. despite the opposition of several senior party leaders.K. is a journalist BANDEEP SINGH 52 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. including Arun Jaitley. Chidambaram. But he supported her bid for chief minister after J. with the same intensity as the Congress’s P. https://t. Opposes the party line and targets BJP leaders. Was the irst to oppose a second term for Raghuram Rajan as RBI governor SWAMY’S TARGETS 2016-17 AND HIS NICKNAMES FOR THEM Former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan (R3) Finance Minister Arun Jaitley (Shakuni) Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal (Shri 420) STUNNING U-TURN AIADMK chief V. With 4 million Twitter followers. 2 017 . Suhasini Haidar. Jayalalithaa’s death GENERATION NEXT Daughter Gitanjali Swamy. he sets the social media agenda for the right wing Because his irepower is as unpredictable as it is deadly. 44. Sasikala was jailed on February 14 this year based on a disproportionate assets case he had iled in 1996. 46. is an IT professional.

has Indian cricketers wearing their mother’s Because he’s the one-stop expert for both the names on their jerseys and Aamir Khan as a political class and judiciary to enforce reforms. The shopkeeper who breaks gender stereotypes Modi government made him chief of the Banks Board Bureau. the Supreme Court has him running the all-powerful cricket body. he married the widow of a colleague. Star India. https://t. Son-in-law Rachit Raj is a Gujarat cadre IAS oicer A PR I L 2 4. and Star Sports. 2 017 INDIA TODAY 53 . the new advertising campaign by Star India to usher in gender sensitivity. the BCCI. and the Indian Railways has made him member of its Kayakalp Council to recommend improvements Because when the ex-CAG writes to the PM (in March) on the lack of action by banks on bad loans. is the desti- nation for the nation’s sporting needs TECH CREDENTIALS Hotstar is one of the irst to embrace virtual reality (VR).800 crore in 2015-16 Because Hotstar is the market leader among digital streaming platforms. even the inance ministry takes note of it AT THE CREASE The present BCCI chief was captain of his school cricket team OLD SCHOOL Former PM Manmohan Singh was one of his teachers at the Delhi School of Economics MANDAR DEODHAR FAMILY VALUES After his wife died in 1990. Rai has a son and two daughters. which had a turnover of Rs 10. with the Kabaddi World Cup games streamed in 360-degree perspective VINOD RAI / NEW PAST LIFE 68 Enforcer Took time of to travel in eastern UP during the recent polls to gauge the mood of the people FUTURE PERFECT PRIME COUNSEL Nayi Soch. with its 10-channel UDAY SHANKAR RAJWANT RAWAT 59 Journalist HOT SHOT Because he’s chairman and CEO of India’s largest entertainment network. with an estimated 200 million downloads of the app.

and also the RACHIT GOSWAMI alternate weekends Mahindra irst to leave 4 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. movie of the year: Lion ADITYA PURI 66 Banker / NEW CURRENT ACCOUNT Because this vocal Because he has Because HDFC Bank commentator on inancial headed HDFC Bank was adjudged India’s matters runs India’s lar. 2 017 .597 cities/towns Millward Brown FAVOURITE BREAK FIRST STOP FIRST ARRIVAL Heads to his Lonavala Started as an executive Is the irst person to farmhouse to unwind on assistant at Mahindra & reach oice. Mirror Now Because he is the de facto boss of the Times Group. with brother Samir having mostly withdrawn from day-to-day activities CRICKET WATCH Times Internet has in-match digital video clip rights to all ICC events till 2019 for US. Canada NON-CONFORMIST Lives up to his proile. overseen it Most Valuable Brand gest private sector bank. https://t. reaching a nationwide for the third consecutive with income of Rs 41. the edgy US-Canadian company with a focus on youth content OUT ON THE TOWN Likes to dine at Papaya. India’s largest media house with the top-selling English daily. the highest-rated English news channel. They have also launched a second news channel. pink paper. he heads the Times Group. news channel Times Now continues to be the leader in English news. a pan-Asian restaurant in Mumbai.555 branches in research agency ended December 2016 50 POWER PEOPLE VINEET JAIN 49 Media Tycoon TIME OF HIS LIFE Because notwithstanding the snub from the prime minister who pulled out of their global business summit. tweeting on controversial topics like demonetisation and the liquor ban MILLENNIAL MOVE MANDAR DEODHAR Entered into a partnership with Vice Media. the biggest radio network and the most expansive digital network Because despite losing their top anchor.589 distribution network of year in 2016 by WPP crore in the nine months 4. since 1994.

left. power transmission assets. 21. in March 2017 NILOTPAL BARUAH GENERATION NEXT Son Jai Anmol. https://t. and Binny Bansal Rs 2.85 lakh crore in the next 3-5 years WEIGHT LOSS PROGRAMME Sold radio. He is targeting a business of Sachin.960 crore in 2015-16 is a challenge Because the merger of his Reliance Communi- FIRST CAREER CHOICES cation’s telecom business with rival Aircel will form Sachin wanted to be a pro gamer. cements business to cut debt by Rs 7. at a time when other domestic irms such as Snapdeal struggled with soaring operational costs leading to massive layofs Because they bought rival eBay’s Indian operations as part of a Rs BINNY BANSAL & VALENTYN OGIRENKO / REUTERS SACHIN BANSAL 35 Entrepreneurs RIGHT CLICK Because e-tail giant Flipkart posted a 56 per cent growth in sales in 2015-16 despite the Amazon onslaught. is studying in New York University A PR I L 32 4 2 017 INDIA TODAY 57 . TV businesses. Jai Anshul. is now on the company board.000 crore deal that includes funds infusion from investors led by China’s Tencent Because investors in Flipkart and rival Snapdeal are in talks for what could be the ANIL AMBANI biggest merger in India’s $10 billion (Rs 65. The Atlantic Council.000 crore THINKING CAP Inducted into advisory board of top global think- tank. who works in Reliance Capital.000 crore) e-commerce sector 57 Industrialist STEM THE BLEED Curbing losses. the country’s fourth-largest mobile phone operator Binny wanted to build computer games Because he has buried the hatchet with brother Mukesh and collaborated on the latter’s Jio telecom FIRST INVESTMENT venture by providing critical tower infrastructure Invested Rs 4 lakh in business. of which Rs 1 lakh was spent on buying Because he is betting big on defence—Reliance computers Defence and Engineering has tied up with Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defence Systems to manufacture air-to-air missiles. which doubled to WIDE SPECTRUM Rs 2. 25.

runs the Au Bon Virat Kohli for his ability to his front pocket which he Pain cafe chain. 30. https://t. son Shashwat reinvent himself constantly has had for 30 years Goenka. 27. Kota and Bharatpur Because he is the bridge between the government in Delhi and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee. Greater Noida.000 crore RP- Sanjiv Goenka 50 POWER PEOPLE SUBIR HALDER SANJIV GOENKA / NEW 55 Industrialist IN A SWEET SPOT Because 2016 was a year of turnarounds and expansion for the Rs 17. Retail business (Spencers) is in the black and power utility business CESC has expanded from Kolkata to Bikaner. he played a key role in her supporting the GST Bill PITCH PERFECT POCKET RITUAL GENERATION NEXT Admires cricketer-friend The Lord Balaji picture in Avarna Jain. 2 017 . Always beside Banerjee at state meetings. runs Spencers Retail 42 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4.

the company behind the Oberoi luxury hotel chain . as chairperson of the Indian Super League football and as the irst Indian woman to be elected member of the International Olympic Committee Because she is the moving spirit behind all philanthropic activities of the Reliance Foundation Because invitations to parties at her plush Mumbai home Antilla are considered proof of arrival in Mumbai society and every Diwali.800 schools/ colleges in 2016 RACHIT GOSWAMI BOARD MATTERS Is on the board of Reliance Industries and EIH NITA AMBANI 53 Entrepreneur SPORTING DIVA Because she wields enormous inluence in the Indian sports arena as owner of an IPL cricket team. recipients can grade their social status according to the lavishness of the gift given SUPERWOMAN MOMENT When over 205 million fans watched Indian Super League in its third season RURAL CONNECT Reliance Foundation Youth Sports reached 2 million children across 1. https://t.

It parivar. mutton.and his thoughts on enlarging the anti-Sasikala factional battle in party base across South India the AIADMK FAMILY MAN RIGHT-HAND DRIVE DIVIDE THE SPOILS Lives as part of a joint Prefers to keep a low Has counselled many family. Swadeshi Jagran Manch SOUTHERN IMPACT Because he endeared himself Because the Chennai-based to Prime Minister Narendra opinion-maker has taken charge Modi by being the irst to of Thuglak as editor after Cho welcome demonetisation unlike Ramaswamy’s death and is BJP’s others in the RSS and Sangh advisor on Tamil Nadu politics. seldom eats proile. and nal ilm with Irrfan Khan own yet but his sister’s one- can now buy it.5 Because he is everyone’s salty mango pickle all crore in advance tax in 2016. https://t. and always uses a big business families in outside home made in India car ownership tussles  INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. some salad. 2 017 . His banner has blended together highest by any Bollywood actor the rights to remake the Ko- rean ilm Ode to My Father. was the year’s biggest hit with Rs 300. the benefactor. Ahil Sharma. Khan’s Tubelight and Ali A.6 crore in Zafar’s Tiger Zinda Hai collections until Aamir Khan’s Dangal (December 23 FAVOURITE MEAL release) surpassed it in January 2017 ‘Mixture’. GURUMURTHY 68 Chartered Accountant. is Human apparel range growing Karan Johar for a ilm with the apple of his uncle’s eye to stores across 40 cities Akshay Kumar in the lead JAISON G S. BJP president Amit is he who recommended that the Shah is in constant touch to tap party not interfere in the pro. a home-cooked dish that has rice. His sole release in 2016. Kabir wood’s most anticipated event. sweet and Because Khan paid Rs 44. Two releases. with the Being and is collaborating with year-old. 50 POWER PEOPLE SALMAN KHAN 51 Actor BIG BROTHER COMING SOON Because a Salman Khan release is now Bolly. GENERATION NEXT Because everybody wants is producing an internatio- He doesn’t have a child of his a piece of him. Co-convenor. Sultan. BANDEEP SINGH / FORTUNE INDIA .

In 2016. has set a target of doubling India and the US—“the three revenues to $20 billion (Rs 1. 2 017 . shares Because he survived allega. as it had a big the board supporting him.7 billion (Rs 17. with his inluence extending beyond business to policy-making Because in 2016. daughter Pooja hours on story course Dixit.370 crore). Timelessness. International Broadcast calls them at odd Vipassana Business.900 crore and merged his Dish TV with direct-to-home TV company Videocon d2h Ltd to create the largest Indian listed media irm by revenue GENERATION NEXT ANNOYING HABIT INTERESTING Punit Goenka. https://t. is a homemaker ideas and stands every year CHANDRADEEP KUMAR VISHAL SIKKA 49 Tech guru THE DAREDEVIL Because he brought IT major TOP DOLLAR Infosys back on its high growth India’s highest paid IT trajectory from a period of slow executive’s annual salary is growth and high 50 POWER PEOPLE SUBHASH CHANDRA 66 Media tycoon SHOW STOPPER Because the Essel Group chief is the richest media baron in the country with a net worth of $2. 42.678 crore His proliic blog. Narayana Murthy. Zee Entertainment eye on his news Goes for Enterprises Ltd.3 cultures that shaped lakh crore) by 2020 who I am” !" INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. He cultural impact in Germany. editors and often a 10-day 39. 37. with $11 million or Rs 74 crore revenues up 17 per cent to Rs 62. with Siddhartha. MD Keeps a hawk HABIT and CEO. he also became a Rajya Sabha MP.441 crore in 2015-16. proits DIARY WRITER spiked to Rs 13. Amit Goenka. he acquired Anil Ambani’s radio and TV business for Rs 1. his views on a diverse tions of splurge and range of topics erosion in values from powerful FAVOURITE BOOK co-founders such as Hermann Hesse’s N. CEO.R.

A fitness fanatic. BJP president Amit Shah has him on speed dial RAGS TO RICHES He used to live in a 100 square foot room in Delhi with nine Because his talk show. Negotiations are Kanpur. There was no ki Adalat. University and IIT the age of 28 ment genre. https://t. he has BUDDY-BUDDY on with equity irm New Silk emerged as an icon Narendra Modi and Arun Jaitley Route. Aap Because from relatives. 2 017 INDIA TODAY #$ . Every year. thanks to his long friendship with the two. running for 23 attending a electricity and he would study years now. and doesn’t eat after 7 pm. he goes Minister Narendra Modi and Union inance minister to an Austrian clinic to detox Arun Jaitley. is still one of the reception hosted by at the Sabzi Mandi railway most watched programmes on Queen Elizabeth station under the lamplight Indian television II to launch the UK-India Year of DID YOU KNOW? Because he is on the road Culture 2017 to He became editor of the now- to expansion with plans to speaking at Harvard defunct Onlooker magazine at enter the general entertain. he rarely ular news channel India TV has direct access to Prime misses the gym. which owns 9X Media of inspiration address him as “Panditji” A PR I L 2 RAJAT SHARMA 60 Media tycoon FRIENDLY CONNECTIONS FIT FAD Because the chairman and editor-in-chief of pop.

the younger. is a 50 POWER PEOPLE RAJINIKANTH 66 Actor / NEW LEADER IN WAITING Because the BJP wants to tap his phenom- enal popularity and fan base that steadily chants ‘thalaiva. Soundarya. yoga and meditation GENERATION NEXT Elder daughter Aishwarya. https://t. producer and graphic designer in Tamil ilms %& INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. 35. is married to actor Dhanush. thalaiva (leader. 32. 2.0. 2 017 . in India in keep- ing with the Make in India campaign. The Enthiran sequel will release later this year Because even a humanitarian exercise of him lagging of a housing scheme to reha- bilitate Sri Lankan Tamils in Jafna became political dynamite and had to be called of GOLD STANDARD This one-time Bengaluru bus conductor has eaten wafer-thin gold sheets with his meals given his faith in the Siddha system of medicine. leader)’ every time he makes a public appearance and project him as a potential chief minister in Tamil Nadu post-Jayalalithaa Because the prime minister requested that he shoot his next ilm.

husband Pankaj Sahni is COO. and is a registered Because the serial institu. DR NARESH TREHAN 70 Surgeon & entrepreneur YASIR IQBAL THE GOOD DOCTOR Because as one of the most inluential healthcare personalities. London. towards public service: from Mission and is the founder Noida and Patna. Bhubaneswar. architect of the and Indore pation of Gurugram school students firm. the latter with active partici. Labwerk A PR I L 2 4.000 on consensus—a irst in India architecture from crore hospitals along the lines the Bartlett School of of Medanta-The Medicity Because he is leading Medanta Architecture. https://t. GENERATION NEXT he is everywhere: from the Union health ministry’s Key Advisory Daughters Sheyl and Group to the National Skill Development Corporation. in Lucknow. her tion-builder is determined to ‘One Heart Team’ concept at Medanta. built did a master’s in facilities. 2 017 INDIA TODAY '( . Sheyl studied Export Promotion Council to the Healthcare Skill Sector Council law at the Columbia and the Delhi government’s mohalla clinics Law School. apart from TB Free Haryana to Mission Stop and principal smaller facilities in Jharkhand Dengue. Medanta-The push high-end healthcare to a broad-based approach towards coro- Medicity. Shonan areas that lack such nary artery disease management. from the Shonan. creating Rs 1. Because he has initiated the unique attorney.

His 50 POWER PEOPLE AMIT JAIN / NEW 40 President. Vijaya represented Andhra Pradesh in volleyball BEYOND BADMINTON Swimming is the only thing she likes. as well as its irst engineering centre in Asia in March 2016. Uber India & South Asia UBER COOL Because he leads growth for the world’s most REUBEN SINGH / GETT Y IMAGES valuable start-up in one of its most strategic markets. a PhD in social theory. is his inspiration deal with sports management irm Baseline FAVOURITE QUOTE Because the post-Olympic incentives she was of- “The heights by great men reached and kept were fered include direct appointment to the state as an not attained in sudden light but. Is obsessively organised and plays the santoor 2 in the World Badminton Federation rankings COMRADE-IN-ARMS Because she has emerged as the most rewarded Wife Priyanka. with over 3 million weekly active riders and 200.V. they were toiling upwards in the night”—Henry Wadsworth Longfellow IN THE FAMILY Parents P. TAXI! A BIG HIT Jain Ubers his way across town for meetings. She has risen to No.000 weekly active drivers in 29 cities in three years. they while their oicer in the government after her playing years companions slept. SINDHU / NEW gies is being driven out of India. bagging a Rs 50-crore. 2 017 . sportswoman. Ramana and P. she does not believe in any talisman )* INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. https://t. Research on mapping and self-driving technolo- P. Uber nearly doubled its customer base in 2016 Because the $70 billion start-up chose Benga- luru as one of the two areas for R&D.V. three-year the hardest working person he knows. Has a car for his family Because she has proved that her Olympic silver TOTAL CONTROL at Rio was no lash in the pan. that too at the Gopichand Academy THREE-TIME LUCKY She has won the Macau Open three times in a row from 2013 VIVAN MEHRA HER OWN TALISMAN Unlike many successful sportspersons. India is in second place in the number of trips worldwide. He is also making 21 Badminton a host of India-speciic solutions player TAXI.

me/SaS_Books MAHENDRA MOHAN. based in Delhi.769. she’s a baddie Victoria Leeds necklace belonging Shailesh. Dainik Jagran. they can reach Indians across the country.53.45 Media owners HINDI BARONS Because as the owners of the largest- selling daily in India.1 million).106. is responsible for directing and Ellen DeGeneres Baywatch Ashok Chopra the group to new businesses A PR I L 2 4. from City brand. with a circulation of 4 million. Their Because she is now a bona ide Hollywood star. From red music broadcast arm. she is a social media queen parliamentary afairs THE NEPHEW Sanjay. https://t. . Jagran Prakashan. 2 017 INDIA TODAY +. registered operating SERIAL WINNER revenues of Rs 2. under the Radio carpet appearances to being cover girl of leading glossies. Little PRIYANKA CHOPRA wonder that Prime Minister Modi often 34 Actor quotes their newspaper in Mann ki Baat Because their company. with earnings of $11 million THE PATRIARCH Kanpur-based Mahendra Because from silencing her trolls with a picture of her arm.5 crore in 2016.7 crore in 2015—despite a stagnant market. hit with Jimmy Fallon in summer release to her late father. maintains a keen interest in gram (16. Chopra has in just two years become the eighth highest-paid TV actress in the world. based in Mumbai. SANJAY & SHAILESH GUPTA 75. Mohan is no longer a member pits on Twitter (16 million followers) to sharing pictures of her of the Rajya Sabha but he still Quantico co-stars and celebrities like Mick Jagger on Insta. leads the editorial TALK CENTRAL COMING SOON PRIZED POSSESSION Beloved of US talk Hollywood debut as A healing charms THE SON show hosts. also had a successful initial hanging out with Meryl Streep backstage at the Golden Globes public ofering to winning two People’s Choice awards for Quantico. up by 19 per cent from Rs 1.

Is sought after for his orato- ry skills—the latest being Oxford University which wants him to deliver a speech ofering his trademark mix of wise words and self- deprecating humour and charm overload Because he is the highest-earning star in Bollywood. sharing the spotlight with Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Raees or exploring the complex fan-star rela- tionship in the underappreciated drama Fan Because he gives back to the movie indus- try. AbRam. and in a school play. Khan’s oldest child is studying ilmmaking Detective Agency. whether it is taking on a supporting role in his home production Dear Zindagi. based on the Douglas Adams at the University of Southern California. is one of the leading visual efects providers in India. https://t. is a future Bollywood actor is a foregone appearance in sci-i drama Dirk Gently’s Holistic conclusion. recently novels. and is producing ilms which go beyond formulaic fare—from Dear Zindagi to the forthcoming Ittefaq Because he is King Khan when it comes to public speaking. melodramatic twist to Cinderella India: Nayi Soch. returns to the small screen to host TED Talks caught eyeballs for giving a ditzy. Khan landed himself a guest That Aryan. 3. Khan’s studio. 19. With $33 million (Rs 212 crore) earnings in 2016. Red Chillies Entertain- ment. 16. makes sure he keeps his father’s fans next stars with Anushka Sharma in the Imtiaz Ali. Khan was the eighth highest-paid actor in the world COMING SOON GENERATION NEXT An avid 50 POWER PEOPLE SHAH RUKH KHAN 51 Actor MULTI STAR Because he is the superstar who risks it all. Suhana. Currently. a new series on Star India. entertained and awww-ed with his antics when he isn’t giving his directed globe-trotting romance father company at Mehboob Studios during promotions .

to the IAF’s vintage squadron GENERATION NEXT Son Ved. 17 BANDEEP SINGH .883 crore for the year ended 2015-16 Because like his forthright father Rahul Bajaj. premium two-wheeler segment with new launches and features. or warning that ‘Made in India’ could turn ‘Mad in India’.K. say- ing the Supreme Court ban on BS-III vehicles was a blessing for the auto sector. going by the hurdles in launching a quadricycle in India RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR / NEW 52 Entrepreneur HEALING TOUCH Believes in homeopathy and is a practitioner of Iyengar yoga. propagated by B.S. from and president. and daughter Devika. clocking a proit of Rs 3. the type his air force oicer father once lew. business development. be it blaming demone- tisation for afecting the sale of two-wheelers. His 943 Rajya Sabha questions over 11 years are TSERING TOPGYAL / AP twice the parliamentary average Because the tie-up of his media irm Asianet News with Arnab Goswami’s forthcoming news channel Republic News is the talk of Lutyens’ Delhi Because his September 2016 appointment as vice-chairman of the NDA’s Kerala unit acknowledges his key role in the BJP’s 2019 southern thrust DEBT OF HONOUR Bought and refurbished a vintage Douglas DC3 ‘Dakota’ in the UK. Plans to gift the aircraft.930 crore on revenues of Rs 23. Because he is among a handful of MPs who head of engineering Pradeep Shrivastava actively pursue causes to their conclusion. M ZHAZO he likes to speak his mind. RAJIV BAJAJ / NEW 50 Industrialist TOP GEAR Because he continues to give rivals Honda and Hero MotoCorp a good ight by focusing on the high-margin. Ravikumar against Bengaluru’s steel lyover (now scrapped). Iyengar ONE-MAN ARMY BEST BUDDIES Chief technology oicer Abraham Joseph. armed forces pensions to mobilising citizens S. https://t.

and a role in martial arts. and has also evolved as a spokesman for all the right causes. he is not just the highest- charging advocate in the country. Prashant Bhushan vs Reliance Jio Infocomm or interstate disputes on water or pollution BANDEEP SINGH Because he was part of the team that successfully argued at the United Nations’ highest court against a bid by the Marshall Islands to sue India for violating nuclear disarmament obligations AKSHAY KUMAR / NEW 49 Actor CITIZEN STAR Because he is the only actor after the three Khans to be a safe bet at the box oice. wife Twinkle’s belt in Kudo. be it Ratan Tata vs Cyrus Mistry. he is the lead counsel on most signiicant and polarising legal debates of the HARISH SALVE 60 Lawyer MASTER OF STRATEGY Because. commercial. MILIND SHELTE Nadiadwala debut as producer has mum’s funnybones -. https://t. at Rs 30 lakh a day. from Raja Krishna Menon (Airlift) to Shree Narayan Singh (Toilet: Ek Prem Katha) Because he is one half of a most interesting couple in Bollywood— wife Twinkle being a force in her own right with her columns/books LOVE THY NEIGHBOUR COMING SOON GENERATION NEXT Stays in the same Southern debut. but also among the top 10 most expensive lawyers in the world Because with formidable expertise and experience in a range of jurisprudence—constitutional. has a black Roshan and Sajid Padman. Centre vs NDTV. 14.0. Daiichi vs Ranbaxy. taxation—and big-ticket arbitrations. shares his Juhu Beach-facing taking on Thalaivar father’s passion for building as Hrithik in 2. It doesn’t hurt that he has just received a National Award for his lead act in courtroom drama Rustom Because Mr Proliic had three Rs 100 crore-plus hits in 2016 and is now placing his clout behind new ilmmakers. 4. INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. Aarav. 2 017 . Nitara.

leading Rajinikanth to call him the “angriest man I’ve ever met” Because he has not allowed disruptions in his personal life. especially after all the upheaval following J. he’s not afraid to speak his mind. screenwriter. to deter him Because his 58-year-long association with the industry as actor. be it a multiple fracture and then a split with his long-term partner Gautami in the space of a year. 50 POWER PEOPLE ACTOR WITH A MIND Because unlike most movie stars. 25. he is a self. Jayalalithaa’s death. Both are actors . or using social media—where he has a legion of followers— to rail against politicians. whether in favour of jallikattu ahead of Sankranti which culmi- nated in the protests at Marina Beach. born to him and declared atheist second wife Sarika. and 62 Actor birth. director and producer enables him today to experiment and innovate with remarkable ease BANDEEP SINGH KAMAL HAASAN / NEW NO GODS GENERATION NEXT A Tamil Brahmin by Daughters Shruti. Akshara. 31.

Be it his birthday bash or the success party for Dangal. is on an acquisition spree. a Fortune 500 company. his MANISH SABHARWAL / NEW latest obsession is The Settlers of Catan 47 Chairman. and Azad. all set to follow papa into show business. working with an ad ilm Because he is a member of the National Skill production house. breaking the record set by another Aamir starrer. 24. https://t. studying at Development Mission. taking over irms such as ASAP Info Systems. 12. Team­ PARTY ANIMAL Lease Services Thank Kunal Kapoor for telling us about Aamir having the drinking “capacity of a whale” and throwing the longest parties THE THINKER GENERATION NEXT Junaid. PK Because his not-for-proit initiative Paani Founda- tion has been working with the Maharashtra govern- ment to educate villagers on watershed management NILOTPAL BARUAH Because everybody loves Aamir. 19. 2 017 . He was the brain behind Rajasthan’s labour reforms under Vasundhara Raje BOOK WORM He reads a book every week and organises a two-hour-long authors’ evening at home every month GENERATION NEXT RACHIT GOSWAMI Son 50 POWER PEOPLE AAMIR KHAN 52 Actor MASS APPEAL Because Dangal beat both demonetisation and #BoycottDangal on Twitter to emerge as Bollywood’s biggest ilm to date with a collection of Rs 386 crore. 15. 5. Ira. the who’s who of Bollywood turns up to celebrate ON BOARD An avid collector of board games. the Central Advisory Dhirubhai Ambani International School Board on Education and a state nominee on the Reserve Bank of India board. both in school 56 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. He is the only individual from the private sector whose article Prime Minister Narendra Modi has tweeted Because TeamLease. Keystone Business Solu- tions and NichePro Technologies in the past year Because the Centre consults him on labour reforms. and daughter Noor.

55. 59-year-old Preetha. REDDY / NEW Ather Energy and is exploring the two-wheeler 84 Entrepreneur taxi market through a possible alliance with Uber THE OTHER DRIVE Makes it a point to play golf in the very early DOCTOR YES hours. while she is currently.000 crore Apollo Hospital Group Vasudha. It also added Argentina to its global footprint in 35 countries. https://t. 27. Suneeta. has built India’s premium was whom everyone in Tamil Nadu chocolate brand. and Sangita. managing distinct divisions and business entities . Choko-la. Jayalalithaa studying in the US Because he has made it clear that the YASIR IQBAL entry of the third generation into the family business will be based on merit than by virtue of inheritance. has turned to as they prayed for the recovery her own fashion line. A Rs 850 crore state-of-the-art R&D centre in Jaipur employs over 500 engineers from India and across the PRATHAP world. Supriya. 22. as per the family constitution. as Hero’s Global Corporate Partner Because the founding patriarch and chairman of the four-decades-old GENERATION NEXT Rs 6. Hero MotoCorp RIDING HIGH Because Hero MotoCorp sold 600. irrespective of where in the world he is. 53. over double what its competitors PRADEEP GAUR / GETT Y IMAGES PAWAN MUNJAL 61 CMD & CEO. is of AIADMK supremo J. Tiger Woods. son Annuvrat. even as its global manufacturing facility in Colombia became operational in 2016 Because in the age of disruption. 57. He has also invested in e-mobility start-up C. like the remaining three daughters. 36. will be the next executive chairperson. he set up a family constitution to avoid ambiguity on succession and structure at the group FOREIGN STINT He spent a decade as a doctor in the US and then another on his return in 1970 before launching Apollo as a 150-bed hospital in Chennai in 1983 GENERATION NEXT The eldest.000 units in March alone. Has appointed his goling hero. he has invested heavily in the future of technology. In Febru- ary 2017. Shobana.

laundry. Damayanti Datta. Arun. behind the action thriller is so far only Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 50 POWER PEOPLE BANDEEP SINGH DEEPIKA PADUKONE 31 Actor LEADING LADY NO STRESS While shooting her Because she is now Because she is the most coveted face Hollywood debut in Toronto.25 crore among actresses this year in xXx: The south Indian ilter cofee Return of Xander Cage. Uday Mahurkar /0 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. Bengaluru India. beating ers. Suhani Singh. she learned to do her own a global celebrity. among movie-makers and advertis. 2 017 . Kaushik Deka. Amarnath K. currently endorsing 18 brands. even made her own contemporary Priyanka No wonder she was recognised as the scrambled eggs Chopra by making her world’s 10th highest-paid actress of 2016 and paid the highest advance tax FAVOURITE FOOD Hollywood debut early Benne masala dosa and of Rs 10. Because with 18 million followers on BEST HOLIDAY DESTINATION With $346. Anshuman Tiwari. LAST TV SERIES WATCHED the ifth-highest grossing Amitabh Bachchan and the three The Crown ilm of the year Khans of Bollywood on Netlix —M.3 million Twitter—more than POTUS—she is Her parents’ home in currently the most followed woman in worldwide collections. Shweta Punj. ranking sixth overall. https://t. Sandeep Unnithan. .

Aditya Birla Group Chairman. https://t. Indian cricket team 2017 2016 LOSS 2017 2016 GAIN 2 18 BABA RAMDEV NANDAN NILEKANI Yoga guru Former chairman. Kotak Mahindra Bank Bharti Enterprises CYRUS MISTRY 2017 2016 GAIN from 3rd rank 2017 2016 LOSS in 2016. he goes 3 6 out of the list . Vice-president & Country Mahindra Group 50 POWER PEOPLE WATCHLIST This year. Tata Sons 2017 2016 GAIN 2017 2016 NEW 1 GAUTAM ADANI VIRAT KOHLI Chairman. Sun Pharmaceuticals 2017 2016 SAME JUMP 2017 2016 SAME VIRAT KOHLI from 29 in 2016 RATAN TATA to 11 this year AZIM PREMJI Former chairman. a record 17 new names join the list of 50 most powerful individuals in the country. Wipro 2017 2016 GAIN 2017 2016 GAIN 4 1 K. two southern superstars assert their voices and a 21-year-old makes her debut MUKESH AMBANI THE DILIP SHANGHVI Chairman & MD. UIDAI 2017 2016 GAIN 2017 2016 NEW 4 ANAND MAHINDRA AMIT AGARWAL Chairman & MD. CHANDRASEKARAN Chairman.M. Chairman & Group CEO. Tata Group Chairman. Adani Group Captain. BIRLA N. Amazon India 2017 2016 GAIN THE 2017 2016 NEW 1 STEEPEST UDAY KOTAK FALL SUNIL MITTAL Vice-chairman & MD. Reliance Industries HIGHEST Founder & MD.

Reliance Foundation 2017 2016 NEW 2017 2016 LOSS 3 SUBRAMANIAN SWAMY BJP Rajya Sabha MP SALMAN KHAN Actor 2017 2016 LOSS 2017 2016 LOSS 1 3 VINOD RAI President. still the 2017 2016 GAIN Apollo Hospitals 11 mascot 7 . Infosys 2017 2016 LOSS At 84. BCCI. Flipkart 2017 2016 SAME 2017 2016 LOSS 12 VIJAY SHEKHAR SHARMA SANJIV GOENKA Founder & CEO. VISHAL SIKKA MD. HDFC Bank 2017 2016 SAME YOUNGEST 2017 2016 NEW ENTRANT SHIV NADAR P. RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group 2017 2016 NEW 2017 2016 GAIN 2 ARUNDHATI BHATTACHARYA NITA AMBANI Chairman. Paytm Chairman. Star India THE SUBHASH CHANDRA Chairman. Essel Group 2017 2016 GAIN OLDEST 2017 2016 LOSS 1 MEMBER 13 VINEET JAIN PRATHAP AMITABH BACHCHAN ADITYA PURI Actor THE MD. Bennett. https://t. SINDHU ANIL AMBANI Chairman. Banks Board Bureau Swadeshi Jagran Manch 2017 2016 NEW 2017 2016 LOSS 6 UDAY SHANKAR CEO. the shuttler 2017 2016 SAME 2017 2016 LOSS has already won an Olympic silver 20 RAHUL BHATIA SACHIN & BINNY BANSAL Group MD. Coleman & Co REDDY CEO & MD. GURUMURTHY Chairman. SBI Founder & Chairperson. Reliance Group At 21. S. Interglobe Enterprises Founders. HCL Chairman.

V. Actor THE Hero MotoCorp 2017 2016 LOSS 2 SINGLES 2017 2016 LOSS 2 GAME RAJEEV CHANDRASEKHAR DEEPIKA PADUKONE Venture capitalist. https://t. India TV MEDIA MD. Rajya Sabha MP 8 Actor People aren’t 2017 2016 NEW 2017 2016 LOSS married. Medanta Actor 2017 2016 LOSS 2017 2016 NEW 3 P. SAN- JAY & SHAILESH GUPTA PRATHAP C. REDDY Jagran Prakashan Chairman & Chairman. TeamLease Services 2017 2016 NEW 2017 2016 NEW PRIYANKA CHOPRA Actor AAMIR KHAN Actor 2017 2016 LOSS 2017 2016 LOSS 3 2 MAHENDRA MOHAN. Apollo Hospitals MD. MD & CEO. Uber India Chairman & Co-founder. four are 50-plus 2 . Director 2017 2016 NEW 2017 2016 LOSS 3 PAWAN MUNJAL SHAH RUKH KHAN Chairman. CEO & 50 POWER PEOPLE RAJAT SHARMA RAJIV BAJAJ Chairman. a record 2 NARESH TREHAN AKSHAY KUMAR Chairman & MD. Bajaj Auto 2017 2016 LOSS 3 & 2017 2016 NEW MOVIES RAJINIKANTH HARISH SALVE Actor 16 Lawyer. Supreme Court Individuals from 2017 2016 NEW 2017 2016 LOSS the two ields. SINDHU KAMAL HAASAN Badminton player Actor 2017 2016 NEW 2017 2016 NEW AMIT JAIN MANISH SABHARWAL President.

O&M Founder & CEO. Birla 19 19 12 5 5 5 9 9 6 5 4 5 4 3 Subhash Chandra 12 8 8 11 10 20 22 22 36 35 35 27 18 31 Azim Premji 14 9 6 7 11 11 13 15 14 14 9 11 10 9 Amitabh Bachchan 5 6 3 4 4 16 19 19 17 19 21 17 15 15 Shah Rukh Khan 31 27 19 22 16 6 5 6 22 24 25 29 38 40 Highest Ranks Lowest Ranks FIELDS OF POWER The careers and industries that birth the powerful INDUSTRY/ BUSINESS 26 MEDIA AND ADVERTISING 6 SCIENCE/ HEALTHCARE 2 FORMER BUREAUCRAT 1 ENTERTAINMENT 9 POLITICS 2 LAW 1 SPORT 1 SOCIAL SERVICE 1 BANKING 2 GURU 2 . OYO Rooms SAJJAN JINDAL PRASHANT BHUSHAN DEVI SHETTY Chairman & MD. https://t. Tata Group Chairman. DEVESHWAR SOLI SORABJEE Former chairman. ICICI Bank MD. Supreme Court Chairman. Zeus Caps *Rankings in 2016 THE PERMANENT RESIDENTS Nine individuals who have always featured in the power list since 2003 NAMES 2003 2004 2005 2006 2007 2008 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2016 2017 Mukesh Ambani 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 1 3 1 1 1 1 Ratan Tata 3 2 1 1 1 1 1 1 3 2 2 6 6 2 Anil Ambani 1 1 9 6 6 3 3 3 10 7 13 8 5 25 Sunil Bharti Mittal 20 11 7 9 3 4 4 11 8 8 8 21 11 14 K. Narayana Health NARESH GUJRAL ARNAB GOSWAMI KANHAIYA KUMAR SAD Rajya Sabha MP Journalist Student leader SHAURYA DOVAL SRI SRI RAVI SHANKAR CHANDA KOCHHAR Director. ITC Group Jurist & ex-Attorney General PRASHANT KISHOR PIYUSH PANDEY RITESH AGARWAL Election strategist Executive THE DISPLACED People who did not make it to the power list* ANUPAM KHER Actor CYRUS MISTRY Y. JSW Steel Lawyer.C. Spiritual guru MD & CEO. India Foundation.

Sindhu Kolkata. Gujarat K.M. Punjab Rajat Sharma. Assam Priyanka Chopra Ratan Tata Jamshedpur. Reddy Anand Mahindra. Andhra Pradesh Uday Kotak. Rahul Bhatia. from abroad Aditya Puri Virat Kohli.V. Rajeev Chandrasekhar Arundhati Bhattacharya. Maharashtra Shiv Nadar Moolaipozhi Harish Salve Salman Khan Subramanian Swamy Nagpur Indore. at times. Gautam Adani. Azim Premji. Karnataka Paramakudi N. https://t. S. J&K Baba Ramdev The Guptas Copenhagen. Jharkhand Surat. Dilip Shanghvi Sanjiv Goenka 50 POWER PEOPLE AGE AVERAGE GENDER* BRACKET* AGE 58 57 20-30 2 56 56 MALE 5 55 55 55 31-40 41-50 8 54 48 51-60 17 54 54 54 FEMALE 61-70 14 53 71-80 6 51 5 81-90 1 2003 2017 *2017 list ROOTS OF POWER Power flows equally from big cities and tiny villages and. Haryana Kanpur Subhash Chandra Uday Shankar Hissar Patna. Bihar Amit Jain Tezpur. Chandrasekaran Mohanur . Aragonda. Vijay Shekhar Sharma Gurdaspur. Madhya Pradesh Nandan Nilekani. Amit Agarwal BORN OUTSIDE INDIA Ludhiana Akshay Kumar Agra Delhi Mukesh Ambani Sachin and Binny Bansal Amitabh Bachchan Aden. Anil Ambani. West Bengal Amreli Hyderabad. Chennai. Uttar Pradesh Sunil Mittal. Birla. Telangana Prathap C. Ahmedabad Vineet Jain. Yemen Chandigarh Allahabad Naresh Trehan Manish Vinod Rai Karachi. Denmark Saidalipur. Gurumurthy Nita Ambani. Mylapore Rajiv Bajaj Vishal Sikka Rajinikanth Kamal Haasan Pune Shajapur Bengaluru. Pakistan Sabharwal Ghazipur Deepika Padukone Srinagar. Aligarh. Tamil Nadu Aamir Khan Mumbai. Pawan Munjal Shah Rukh Khan. .

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certainly derive their authority from FIRST AMONG EQUALS the positions they hold—but that is not the sole source of their power. From the surgical strike to demonetisa. This demolished narrative of political power has been the idea that elections in India are won only rewritten this year by two unconven- on caste. the permanent understudy. disruption is the new language will have a second term. recognised 66 Prime Minister of India as the most powerful in the country. who is yet to Because he was behind the BJP’s opening up of new political fron- deine his place in the political land. with his POLITICAL TOP 10 POWER PLAYERS BY KAUSHIK DEKA The limits of power are deined NARENDRA MODI by the individuals who wield it. and silenced his detractors within the BJP of power. he usually doesn’t have and seeking to re-engineer its social to change or rewrite a single word for copy running up to 10 pages discourse. DID YOU KNOW? He is fond of Hindi movie thrillers. his two major Because his soaring personal popularity ensures the government force multipliers—BJP president massive public support for diicult and dangerous decisions—from Amit Shah and RSS sarsanghcha. He chief Sasikala—who were suddenly impressed upon Modi the importance of selecting Yogi Adityanath as elevated from the fringe to the core. craftily combining it with an stalwarts restricted to their own turfs. https://t. FDI and road construction. He was also a successful trader at the stock market THE DISPLACED *7 RAM MADHAV BJP National General Secretary *9 ARVIND KEJRIWAL Chief Minister. Sonal. At the other end of this spectrum are chief ministers—like Mamata POLL POSITION Banerjee and Nitish Kumar—who Because he was behind the BJP’s massive challenge the Modi doctrine. and goes to watch ilms Mamata and Adityanath. The 10 politicians in our list. With the Congress desperately example. tiers in places it has traditionally been weak—Assam and Manipur scape. Delhi *10 SMRITI IRANI Union Minister for Textiles *Last year's ranking . Because he is the unchallenged leader Prime Minister Narendra Modi. the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh And then there is Rahul Gandhi. But the victory in Uttar Pradesh. And as he constructs his vision of New India. Bhagwat. At the same time. who have been AMIT SHAH oiling the wheels of administration to 54 BJP President ensure growth in GDP. the surgical strike in PoK to demonetisation lak Mohan Bhagwat—have been redeining India’s electoral politics DID YOU KNOW? When he writes in Hindi or Gujarati. Because the victory in Uttar Pradesh has almost ensured that he tion.and religion-based platforms tional politicians—UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath and jailed AIADMK Because he is the prime minister’s most trusted lieutenant. element of surprise to add an aura there is no political leader who can serve as a credible alternative to his constitutional authority. He could learn from the other members in the list—Modi. for of India. has mastered silence and trying to remain relevant and regional secrecy. Modi’s core agenda of development is served by his cabinet colleagues Arun Jaitley and Nitin Gadkari.

become a disciplined RSS headquarters in eater. the EC 66 RSS for the government— 44 Chief Minister. government get the in the country— Because though the It’s no coincidence GST Bill passed Prime Minister TMC is only the fourth that several BJP chief Narendra Modi largest party in the Lok ministers.2 per cent in blessings of the RSS. often eclipsing in 2018. recent times. he has regularly performed at Prime Minister Modi’s synthesiser and ARUN JAITLEY MAMATA BANERJEE / NEW 64 Union Minister for Finance. he also has the vocal opponents of the maintain a hotline to grow at 7. An instance: every two hours minister of Gujarat. the Congress is asked for whenever year high (almost Rs 3 Because he has the Union government lakh crore) in 2016 emerged as the stron- DID YOU KNOW? She takes a policy deci. Jayalalithaa to middle of the election. It was been chosen to rule assembly polls with a heads the RSS. get the AIADMK on Because he has she won the 2016 Because he board with GST. with small meals initial years as chief She walks around 5 km Nagpur. He is the only college days was ‘Mere CM to have been booked saamne wali khidki mein’ on an attempt-to-murder from the ilm Padosan charge A PR I L 2 4. DID YOU KNOW? From eral key ministries are comparison even with singing. 2 017 INDIA TODAY 69 . and Corporate West Bengal Affairs BIG SISTER THE POINTMAN Because despite facing a grand alliance MOHAN BHAGWAT Because he is the YOGI ADITYANATH / NEW of the Left and the ultimate troubleshooter Congress. Khattar. government in both Bhagwat 2017 and 7. including Because he is respon. scams tumbling J&K chief minister out of her party THE Mehbooba Mufti to RAJ YOGI cupboard and a lyover ORGANISER reaching out to the collapsing in the late J. aggressive Hindutva emerged as the most Sarbananda Sonowal India is projected to agenda.000. Thanks largest in the Rajya M. sible for ensuring that Amit Shah. the his negotiation skills Uttar Pradesh by the landslide victory ideological guiding that helped the Modi most powerful people force behind the BJP.L. FDI lows into been a pracharak the principal opposi- Because his opinion India touched an eight. gest Hindutva icon of has written 69 books. 62 Chief Minister. every day on a treadmill while framing the new There are projections education policy. its MPs have Singh Chouhan and continues to grow. breathing down her Sarsanghchalak from negotiating with Uttar Pradesh neck. https://t. Defence. Shivraj the Indian economy to Adityanath’s Sabha. the in party circles that he HRD ministry took se. sion—appraisals of sev. could even rise to be the rious note of the RSS’s heir apparent to Modi swadeshi philosophy on education DID YOU KNOW? He owns a revolver worth Rs 1 DID YOU KNOW? His lakh.7 per cent though he has never houses. playing the being a foodie. eliciting and relaxes by painting. tion party. and BJP president Sabha and the ifth Devendra Fadnavis. and a rile worth favourite song in his Rs 80.

Transport and Highways FAILURE TO LAUNCH THE Because despite the PERFORMER party losing successive elections since 2014. His clamour within the ministry claims to have party is for his elevation POWER constructed 8. SP to the her control over the with him. rape victim Nirbhaya’s Because he takes Gadkari was in the US. 2 017 . Fav. SASIKALA / NEW there is no threat to his 66 Chief of the key ministers 60 Interim General position and authority. he is a possible leader of any probable Because the heads of pivot around which a close aide of the former coalition against the several Indian banks grand alliance against AIADMK supremo to BJP juggernaut. her home until the Opposition chorus already begun engineering studies February 2021 against Prime Minister Modi’s demonetisation DID YOU KNOW? Sasikala move. The Congress is inheritor of her legacy. leadership in Bihar.K. Francisco to Los Angeles. down the quantum of the only party accept- Not only did she have with even his bête NPAs (soured loans) on able to almost all other a chief minister of her noire Lalu Prasad their books. He can also of stalled road projects. judgments in civil and ourite food: masala dosa criminal cases 76 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. AIADMK After every defeat. the Modi’s cabinet. https://t. JD-U to the RJD party also remains count on the support of that banks had issued unchallenged despite Mamata Banerjee and loans for. dedicated DID YOU KNOW? He often to Lord Shiva. He also helped pana Agrahara Central and refused to join along the coast. Bihar in Prime Minister Secretary. ly controls the levers younger brother to train his own decisions and travelling from San of administration and at the Indira Gandhi stands by his convic. He did not suc. Gadkari parties—from the TMC choice installed. he had the idea of having Fort St George from in Raebareli—he is now cumb to pressure over a new Mumbai-Goa Bengaluru’s Parap. BSP. The look at him with the ruling BJP could becoming the oicial Congress accepted his gratitude for bringing form. Minister. near carries a CD on Yoga Kancheepuram. highway constructed airline. at CONTROL than for his demotion 23 km per day. of the ground her imprisonment DID YOU KNOW? He got Naveen Patnaik the 2012 Delhi gang DID YOU KNOW? When Because she remote. power in Chennai’s Rashtriya Uran Akademi tions.144 km REMOTE to the top post rather PARTNER of roads in 2016-17. even publicly prayed regularly at the applauding it Vazhakarutheeswarar temple. NITISH KUMAR Because he is one V. but Yadav joining hands managed to get a series to the Left. He loves rasgullas believed the deity had from a shop in Lajpat powers to get favourable NITIN GADKARI RAHUL GANDHI 59 Union 46 Congress Minister for Vice-president Roads. as she Nidra. Work has the elder brother in his Prison. a pilot with a reputed the liquor ban in Bihar. New Delhi. He says he wants to raise that to Because as the de-fac- Because she Because he is the 40 km per day to chief of the grand old successfully made the most acceptable transition from being a party.

Sunday. Former RBI governor *6 T. which is likely to stay through the DID YOU KNOW? He can be found working in South Block even on a tenure of this government. The number of easily approachable and quick to seize and fund innovative ideas government oicials kept in the loop on Modi’s November 2016 demon. https://t. Intelligence Bureau and National Technical is strictly regulated and served on a Research Organisation—he operates more like a venture capitalist: need-to-know basis. arance on all security issues. from reaucracy-run system were revealed military to nuclear to cyber. Such are the features of Because he keeps track of all the programmes the PM has an- this present system where a handful nounced and cracks the whip on non-performing oicials of oicials wield enormous power. but this arrangement is now being the superboss of all three intelligence agencies—the Research the new normal. It is actually a NRIPENDRA MISRA throwback to the administrative style that was the norm during 71 Principal Secretary the days of powerful PMOs run by to the PM Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gan- dhi—both OFFICIAL TOP 10 THE GAME CHANGERS BY SANDEEP UNNITHAN As Prime Minister Narendra AJIT DOVAL Modi’s government completes three years in oice in May. for instance. charismatic prime THE TASKMASTER ministers who melded political power with administrative acumen. SUPER ADVISOR ed by a few key aides whose redeem- ing quality has been to stay in the Because he remains Prime Minister shadows and quietly implement his Narendra Modi’s single-window cle- decisions. so also does a 74 National Security highly centralised style of function- Advisor ing that he brought in. Attorney General of India *10 ANIL SWARUP. handpicked and appoint. translating tent bureaucrats who seemed to the prime minister’s vision into reality wield more power than even cabinet by laying the detailed roadmap before ministers. clearing iles and giving instructions to junior bureaucrats THE DISPLACED *1 RAGHURAM RAJAN. Former Coal Secretary *Last year's ranking . Despite in 2014. government from the PMO. MOVING OFFICE The irst NSA to operate out of the National Security Is this system the brainchild Council’s headquarters in New Delhi in addition to his South Block oice of the irst Indian prime minister to vault into Delhi directly from a state? Not quite. Because his ofensive-defence strategy against Pakistan reached etisation move. THAKUR. could its logical conclusion in the surgical strikes in Pakistan-occupied easily be counted on the ingers Kashmir on September 29 last year of one hand. The contours of this bu. they were all bureaucrats. Supreme Court *8 MUKUL ROHATGI. Where they are forever bureaucrats and keeping them on their toes fated to remain behind the scenes and where the only reward for good Because he is a stickler for perfection and enjoys the image of a work could be more work—a tenure result-oriented bureaucrat who delivers on time extension. Bureaucrats are vetted. And predictably. Information low and Analysis Wing.S. Because he drives the Modi They worked through compe. Former Chief Justice.

IAS oicer could get ALL IN A DAY’S WORK Can an extension in July to from iscal discipline to often be found sleeping on Because since he simplifying FDI rules oversee a governance his couch while working joined then Gujarat and abolishing the late hours in oice turnaround in the state chief minister Modi Foreign Investment as principal secretary Promotion Board in 2001. Principal Secretary to comprehend its Affairs Secretary Beijing and Moscow. Because he is one of movers behind the Modi Because as in charge mulating the GST law. MISHRA the conidence of SHAKTIKANTA DAS / NEW experienced foreign a powerful PMO. steered some of the LONG INNINGS There’s government eliminates corruption government’s dein- talk that the UP cadre and lethargy ing economic policies. position on domestic tionship—apparent. with long 69 Additional thanks to his ability 60 Economic stints in Washington. for has dismantled Delhi’s cials about its dynamics and global platforms. the SAARC inance roval of Beijing’s UNSC man of the committee ministers’ conference Because he sent vetoes against declaring to ind a replacement in Pakistan in August shock waves through Masood Azhar a global for RBI governor 2016 and emerged India’s bureaucracy re. remains hawk- NO-NONSENSE MAN While eyed on borrowings in the Gujarat Electricity and spending targets Board. instance. he has been one of his most trusted Because he ensures bureaucrats that budget numbers add up. he state government oi. JAISHANKAR KUMAR SINHA / NEW 62 Foreign 61 Cabinet Secretary Secretary GLOBAL THE STRONGEST FACE LINK Because he is one Because he enjoys of the MEA’s most P. played a key role in ireighter after Because his year-long panelment norms with successor Urjit Patel’s demonetisation extension on January 28 a modern HR selection appointment was a vindication of his process that rewards Because he has indispensability to the eiciency and integrity. OFFICIAL TOP 10 https://t. Represented India at veying strong disapp- postings raj Because as chair. the few bureaucrats government's increas- of top bureaucratic working with inance to have been given ingly assertive policy and non-bureaucratic oicials and the PMO the authority to on China based on the appointments in the as well as sensitising articulate India’s principle of equal rela- PMO and in PSUs. to the PM vision and demand three of the P5 capitals implementation by the bureaucracy NUMBER THE CRUNCHER Because as a practi- TRANSFORMER tioner of realpolitik. he Because he was is one of the important instrumental in for. terrorist Raghuram Rajan. in India con- notorious PRADEEP S. he took on the Reliance Group in the FAVOURITE PASTIME 1990s over undue power Unwinds with Hindustani concessions classical music 8: INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. policy hands.K. he as the government’s cently by changing em. 2 017 .

Because under him. 2 017 INDIA TODAY . he has playing a signiicant set up three constitu- role in institutional tion benches for the reforms. BHIM. judgment disallowing given his long movement post-de. in the Department team drove the initial of big data to track and has ofered to of Personnel and ad campaigns for the down ofenders mediate an out-of-court Training and Uniied Payments settlement of the Ram handling selection for Interface. The Janmabhoomi dispute DIFFERENT STROKES higher positions NITI Aayog organised A yoga enthusiast. He the 1983 batch West himself. he over 80 Digi Dhan Me. inner circle. Narendra Modi’s KHEHAR / NEW he has emerged as 61 CEO. https://t. he heard cases during the NITI Aayog is vacation. As jalebi-dahi from Nainital Supreme Court judge. for junior oicers Because he was shocked states with the irst to be given Because he is at the the March 31 order Because he is an charge of propelling helm of overhauling upholding an earlier asset to the PMO the digital payments taxation—from reduc. forthcoming summer solving the Medical vacation of the Court Council of India NOT IN VEIN Donates IN STYLE Has a penchant blood every three months. Kant’s tax department to use metres of highways. always Delhi social dos dropped) to levying Commission before keeps his door open excise duty on jewellery taking over as CJI. segues between the taxing provident fund government’s National who belongs to PMO and Lutyens’ withdrawals (later Judicial Appointments Uttarakhand. Efortlessly tax provisions—from struck down the Bengal cadre oicer. As CJI. he was NITI Aayog a pillar of judicious among the handful 64 Chief appointments to a who were privy to the Justice of India PMO that believes in demonetisation move delivering by selecting PASSIONATE transparent and CATALYST Because as one of TOUGH honest oicers Modi’s most trusted JUSTICE Because he is one of lieutenants in the Because despite India’s most celebrated inance ministry. constantly reinvented some of the deining far-reaching.< . such as dis. Has been a donor for Nehru jackets nearly 40 years A PR I L 2 4. ing interface with the liquor shops within 500 experience of serving HASMUKH ADHIA BHASKAR KHULBE / NEW 59 Revenue 58 Secretary Secretary to the PM POLICY THE PLAYER GATEKEEPER Because as one of Because with his the longest-standing wide knowledge about AMITABH KANT members of PM JAGDISH SINGH the quality of oicers. he Because his being in an bureaucrats who has has been spearheading verdicts are usually overworked PMO. Loves management to pendency of cases. authored two books Because he leads by las to build awareness SWEET TOOTH Is fond on human resource example when it comes on digital payments of sweetmeats. for pocket squares.

he not only left students inspired but also in splits over how he had to sneak into the women’s hostel as he courted fellow SUNDAR PICHAI student Anjali. https://t. the daughter of Sikh immigrants from Amritsar is the unlikely face of President Donald Trump’s foreign policy at the UN. with Wi-Fi enabled by Google now being used by millions in more than 110 railway stations FEELING LUCKY Returning to his alma mater IIT Kharagpur this year. is emerging among Trump’s iercest 20 GLOBAL INDIANS From Silicon Valley to the THE boardrooms of Wall Street and Canary Wharf. When immigrants around the world are feeling under siege. overseas Indians have long walked the corri- dors of global corporate power. now his wife 92 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. while STAGE the daughter of a Chennai doctor. elected the country’s irst Indian-origin senator. another daughter of India. born to Gujarati immigrants who led persecu- BY ANANTH KRISHNAN tion in Uganda. cinema and art. . the Indian diaspora THEIR is coming of age and defying stereotypes. In the US. 2 017 44 CEO. became one of the most THE FUTURIST Because he became the highest-paid CEO in the US last year and is worth close to $1 billion Because he has taken forward Google’s transformation into the world’s most advanced player in Artiicial Intelligence and machine learning Because he took a public stand against US President Donald Trump’s immigration ban when silence would have been a much safer option as a prominent CEO. Now they are WORLD’S also making a mark in world politics. In the UK. and raised $4 million for refugees from Syria Because he is betting big on Digital India. Google Inc.

will spur her on to ight for women’s rights THE DISPLACED *4 NIKESH ARORA. SoftBank Corp *7 IVAN MENEZES. HINDUJA Brexit. major role in shaping ects and solar plants and Anupama’s father. PIECE OF HISTORY Narasimha Rao Because the former The group clinched a South Carolina gover- £350 million deal in 2016 nor was conirmed in to acquire the War Oice WORDSMITH her new post with 96 Building. Gizmodo Media Group *20 SUNITA WILLIAMS. stock is now trading at they have spoken strongly the highest levels since NIKKI HALEY / NEW Because the Mum- the year 2000. and bai-born British tycoon as the movement of people he has accomplished 45 US known as ‘GP’ and across borders comes what naysayers warned Ambassador to the brother Srichand P. Yugandhar. be a disaster pects. under increasing threat. Anupama. From the CEOs of the ENVOY world’s two biggest tech Because Microsoft AT LARGE giants to actors and artists. Indians overseas 49 CEO. who SIMON DAWSON/ GETTY IMAGES according to Haley could have become India’s irst female judge if not disallowed by family. most powerful advocates Hinduja Group for tolerance and open- CLOUD NINE ness. 77 Co-chairman. And at a time of reviving the sleeping worth of $24 billion tech giant TRUMP CARD growing global uncertainty. born Nimrata Randhawa. Because he is set their voices are needed Because he has Because she is now to play a key role in more than ever before. CEO. New York Hotelier *15 JAGDISH N. now emerging as ducing a well-received a brand ambassador for new tablet and Xbox Because she has the Modi government become for the world’s diplomats a key con. Diageo *11 SANT CHATWAL. Harvard Business School *19 RAJU NARISETTI. since House and will play a structure. Facebook and reassuring 200-plus consistently bullish on Google. CEO. BHAGWATI. has said the example of her mother Raj Kaur Randhawa. India’s relations with for 1 GW in India K. power proj- childhood. Former COO. Because he is pledg- ALL IN THE FAMILY duit to the still unpre. countries that he won’t India’s economic pros- pany last year intro. with the com.V. once Winston Nadella’s book Hit Refresh will be published senators’ support and Churchill’s oice. served Trump’s America as secretaries to P. B. Economist *16 MINDY KALING. Actress *18 NITIN NOHRIA. Dean.N. Both Nadella senior. Venugopal. ing $10 billion to invest Nadella has known his dictable Trump White in distressed infra- wife. three years ago was United Nations Hinduja remain UK’s The world listens when Mission Impossible— richest Asian with a net they speak. are emerging among the Microsoft Corp. prominent campaigners for SATYA NADELLA GOPICHAND P. made Microsoft cool the face of the Trump India’s relations with again after a lost administration to post-Brexit Britain decade where it was the world and has the left eating the dust of unenviable task of Because he has been Apple.R. for a this autumn only four against luxury hotel project IN HER FOOTSTEPS Haley. Astronaut *Last year's ranking .

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What we have is something wit ation. the conservation architect got the chance to visit Iran. “I travelled around for a month.” Foun storation in the re to b m What value? Several kinds.” says Nanda. it turns yun’s Huma amuddin LEISURE DELHI’S DYING AADYAM CINEMA HALLS THEATRE PREVIEW PG 82 APPAREL BY DIPA KARMAKAR BAAHUBALI ON HER IDOLS H U M AY U N ’ S T O M B Restoration Drama R atish Nanda grew up. be f d o original. The grand scale. whose work led UNESCO to dramatically ex- pand the area of Nizamuddin classiied as a World Heritage Site in November. looking for structures that inluenced Humayun’s tomb. Under an urban renewal pro- . it can provide employment Niz to women from the nearby Nizamuddin basti. but there’s evidence of Mughal inluence on Iran. he says. the four-dome layout—it was all unprecedented. the irst grand example of Mughal architecture. on stories of the Persian inluence on Mughal ar- chitecture. I found nothing. like so many others. For one. https://t. the site plan. Then. about a decade M ZHAZO ago. something of great value. There are some inluences from Central Asia and Iran. AND places other than India have deposits of A TISH N ionist R erva t n red sandstone and marble in the same cons e Aga Kha d h th hin region. too: “Not too many A. the material used.

have been restored. oldest single-screen movie halls of the city. in a gift given on the 50th an. the Municipal Corpora. Sadar Bazaar schools and utilities have been renewed. Delhi grew by thousands of visitors during the annual fairs (urs). Moti leader and 46th imam of all Nizari Ismaili Shia Muslims. “That includes the irst sighting of the ultrama- is probably why this rine lycatcher in Delhi. still exist. The 26-acre site had already been declared a World Heritage Site in 1993. whose skills do not ind patrons these days. and up to 78 bird species have been Daryaganj is a busy commercial area. It’s about linking peo- ple and their livelihoods with their heritage. the Aga Khan. Paharganj South of Sadar Bazaar is —Sopan Joshi Paharganj. At the time.” says Nanda. at the edge of a newly laid out garden inside the famed Sundar Nursery. https://t.” says Nanda.” says the architect. 2 017 movie hall still stands proud . the ASI- AKTC partnership earned that status for the entire complex of about 63 acres. Sheila ing the garden’s restoration. —Varun Shiv Kapur tion of Delhi and the Central Public Works Department. which gets overrun W ith the closure of Regal cinema in Connaught Place. adjacent to the tomb. Old structures in the and Karol Bagh areas. This collaboration has provided livelihoods to hundreds of master LEISURE CINEMA gramme of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC). mostly attracting Archaeological Survey of India (ASI). IT’S with the ASI. Of those that These activities are linked to the restoration and conserva. then work on the restoration of the tomb HOODS WITH and the surrounding buildings. to determine via historical Alpna ABOUT LINKING sources how the garden had originally PEOPLE AND been laid out. Municipal city of Shahjahanbad and the Paharganj. The all-new garden. the gardens had been ravaged by decades of neglect and Imperial had been remodelled by the British. the walled toilets that hundreds of visitors and residents use. which are still dotted with the basti. Filmistan The task was then handed over to the AKTC. scores of women have been trained in mak- Silver Screens ing tourist souvenirs. Excelsior niversary of India’s independence. this is a vital green belt for New Delhi. Delhi lost another of its original single- screen movie theatres. audiences from their immediate neighbourhoods. some have shut shop and lie in various states of tion of the tomb. Daryaganj The nursery. has and Chandni Chowk. established about a century ago. The birds are ind enough of an audi- on their way to their summer capitals in Afghanistan and Cen. which sighted here. The Minerva seeds of this project lie in 1997. The logical next step was to THEIR LIVELI. there are cultural events like qawwali evenings. has a sanitation problem. Nature connects in a way that even history cannot. it is a means to a larger end. is the Daryaganj is home to Golcha cinema. In the midst of all this. Dur. standing atop the Lakkarwala Burj. Along with the Purana Qila complex and the Delhi zoo. dominated by the New Delhi railway station and cheap hotels. there are food stalls.” says Nanda. as a lock of rosy starlings movie hall continues to dance overhead. only with far greater history and heritage. “It’s not merely about preserving buildings. So the trust has built and maintained outwards from the core zones of Lutyens’ Delhi. First laid out in DELHI Westend 1571. Hauz Qazi Chowk designed by landscape architect Mohammed Shaheer. Last year. which Nanda leads. close to 300 kinds of trees. “ASI and THEIR HERITAGE” the trust have been able to prove that this entire area is of historic and architectural importance. Golcha ofered to restore the gardens surrounding Humayun’s tomb. Like third end of this urban renewal project. while others are still active. Nanda believes it could one day be turned into something like Central Park in New York. including a stepwell. covering 11 additional monuments. completed Palace “IT’S NOT ABOUT in 2004. n Sheila. Post-Independence. Golcha. the trust struck a partnership Amba PRESERVING BUILDINGS. which AKTC has undertaken along with the disrepair. “Conserva- tion is not an end in itself. The basti. swooping and diving in concert. the psychedelic Sheila 82 INDIA TODAY A PR I L 2 4. ence to sustain itself tral Asia.

With India’s rich heritage every- Amba. Today. Excelsior is 2007. It is now closed Imperial. 2 017 INDIA TODAY 101 VARUN SHIV KAPUR . atre located of Lothian Nizamuddin Road. it has not survived the passage of time as well as its companion—it has now fallen to showing ‘special’ matinee shows (read: racy movies) Photographs by CYRIL KUHN and A PR I L 2 4. https://t. Lothian Road Within Shahjahanbad are An architechtural many old movie halls. Amba. n —Jason Overdorf Minerva. and the photography in this volume does not do justice to the beauty of its subject. another grizzled survivor of now- faded times. text does not rise above the standards edly modern. the detailed catalogue will make this a useful resource—as well as an unrivalled guide to the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sadly. eter for other organisations. this informative and well-illus- still functional. ported by world-class curation—the ema halls came up in the book provides a much-needed barom- newly urbanised neigh. Released with the surrounding in February this year. the old neighbour- hood of Sadar Bazaar has Chronicle Westend on Sadar Thana Road. Nevertheless. trated book provides a comprehensive its facade is almost completely integrated road map of the programme. the Nila Gumbad. Paharganj Close by Sheila theatre stands Imperial. Sadar Thana Road Immediately outside the Conservation walled city. While the high standards of the restoration work and the innovations of the Nizamuddin Urban Renewal Excelsior. built on a of an NGO’s annual BOOKS Westend. which along with the Ritz served the Kashmiri Gate area. is decid. Initiative have generated a steady low Hauz Qazi Chowk Standing in the heart of of headlines since the project began in Old Delhi. drawing of Minerva was a small the. the Aga Khan Trust edge of urban Delhi for Culture chronicles its eforts to restore Humayun’s tomb and the sur- rounding Nizamuddin area. new cin. The qual- large plot with a dedicat. Unfortunately. The name comes from the fact that Sadar Bazaar was once at the westernmost F or the irst volume of a planned ive-volume series titled Rethink- ing Conservation. ity of the printing does not match the ed space for parking quality of the restoration itself. the bourhoods. Kamala Nagar As Delhi grew after where under threat—and rarely sup- Independence. near Kamala Nagar. it also explains streetscape the rationale behind the trust’s urban approach to conservation—which includes health and education pro- grammes for area residents.

has taken it to a new level—working with large production houses to sell the outits. https://t. But it was enough to convince ilmmaker Pan Nalin. Deshpande is the youngest of three sisters. For the company’s latest gig. It was during one of those trips that she met Sasidharan. “It was hectic. shooting 12-14 hours a day. her resume had bare- ly four lines worth of work experience. n —Suhani Singh FA S H I O N EPIC INSPIRATION F ilm merchandise has been big business for decades. accessories and even the locations featured in their ilms.2 017 2 017 . Marathi. one ilm at a time. an e-commerce start-up that sells wardrobe replicas. Every day I had to go through the harassment. six designers VIJAY POWAR developed ready-to-wear apparel inspired by the costumes used 102 INDIA TODAY A PR M A RC I LH2 4. is shooting her irst ilm in her moth- er tongue. Since then she has dabbled in theatre (including backstage work for Naseeruddin Shah’s Motley) and spent time in Kerala.” Born in Aurangabad. Filming was anything but easy. until she decided there was more to life than money. She studied law in Pune and worked at an ad irm for six years. the Malayalam ilm which recently won a prize at the Rot- terdam Film Festival. “You know it’s just a ilm but you end up feeling AC T O R S Girl. Deshpande will next be seen in Sanal Kumar Sasidharan’s Sexy Durga. Rising W hen Rajshri Deshpande auditioned for the role of a maid in Angry Indian Goddesses (2015). I would return home and cry every single night.” says Deshpande. and has another Hindi feature in the bag. She plays Ismat Chughtai in the Nandita Das-directed biopic on Manto. where she began learning kathakali and kalaripayattu. It follows a frightful night in the life of a young couple after they hitch a ride. BollyWoo. but she is getting there. That role changed her life. Mumbai became home in 2009. 2 0. Deshpande may not be a household name yet.

Indian As in the past two years. In a way it speaks diferent audience from the one of my own trekking journeys. another Baahubali scales a mountain.” that would have gone to see the says Delhi-based Mrinalini Gupta. designer who worked on the Showcased at a fashion show in collection. ductions—65 shows Gypsy Moon. a play that celebrates friend- new ‘Black Box’ format—staged ship. ilm and also ensure popularity who developed a line of jackets in the north.” he says. Aadyam aims to become India’s gateway to theatre F or the past two years. The qual. April to November. twist inspired by a scene in which Yogesh Chaudhary. https://t. by the film. However. Quasar Thakore Now in its third season. the pro- theatre has been getting a gramme features new productions much-needed inancial boost —65 shows in all. The programme Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay’s ing chorizo pao and coconut water features new pro. n A helmet from the ilm (left).” Brecht with music by Kurt Weil. free from musician-actor Imaad Shah direct Aasakta’s Gajab Kahani. a poverty of the imagination. collections than their usual work— “I liked the lion better than the W AT in keeping with the mass market horse. which walls painted black—Hoshruba idea is still to encourage innovation will have Vivaan’s older brother and Repertory’s Guards at the Taj and in staging and storytelling. The the popular Motley group. Making its Aadyam debut is at G5A. build new audiences for theatre with legendary 1920s musical by Bertolt “The intent is not small. based on the as artistic director Divya Bhatia says. two are part of the press. fresh and quality experiences. (Mere Piya Gaye Rangoon) to enjoy. performance of jal tarang and dholak Akash Khurana adapts Srikanta. Baahubali-inspired apparel: a dress in Baahubali—just in time for the by Anupama Dayal idea of launching launch of the epic franchise’s (red). 2 017 INDIA TODAY BC .me/SaS_Books LEISURE T H E AT R E CREATIVE PURSUIT Aimed at producing quality performances.” says BollyWoo and loose pants with a rustic spokeswoman Tanmaya Vyas. “The collection T RA appeal of the ilm. the designers motifs and prints of the shield agreed to create more commercial used by the antagonist in the ilm. new. Aadyam in all. as this “I wanted to keep it would attract a very adventurous.” n WA N approached Baahubali with the —Chinki Sinha RAJ A PR I L 2 4. running from Padamsee presents “a biting satire” aims for a balancing act with work April to November in Mother Courage and her Children that highlights how theatre can be and Nadir Khan of Rage Group small and wondrous too. says his work features Mumbai on April 7. And Three Penny Opera. with the ity of staging is still paramount. running from with Aadyam’s theatre series. Purva Naresh’s Audiences know they are in for an Bandish 20–20. Of the directs Vivaan Shah in Anand Ex- seven new plays. novel about a nomad in Under the (Loretta) in the food court. Baahubali 2: pants by Mrinalini collection inspired Gupta (checks) The Conclusion later this month. a smaller venue. “We wanted to was a challenge and I chose the venture into southern cinema and ‘other’ for my inspiration.000Hz revisits the experience as soon as they reach the glorious past of a nautanki singer venue—from being welcomed with a and a baithak (classical) singer. jacket and a ready-to-wear second instalment.

important was missing. Tokyo 2020 await. sitting next to her and giving an dengue. —with Suhani Singh —with Suhani Singh Volume XLII Number 17. up close and personal Jumping Gymnasts Dipa Karmakar. To win back. 2017. and what’s next for her BANDEEP SINGH Q: You recently met the great Nadia Q: One thing you can’t do without while training? Comaneci. he couldn’t come to training for 10 days. published on every Friday Total number of pages 108 (including cover pages) . a new vault]. Q: If you weren’t a gymnast? And who is your favourite what would you say? Do gymnast. I have loved it fumbled on the loor exercise at Rio. It is very training for the World I don’t follow other sports much. actor. I will think and do Commonwealth Games and consistent is just amazing. interview. His moves are clean. Right now it is half years. He is always A: My body was shaking. It was a wonderful experience. In the near After that. what would you sportsperson? you see a day when a vault be? What’s your next goal? A: Kenzo Shirai. He has introduced so is named after you? A: I started [gymnastics] many new elements at such a young A: I’d ask her how she at the age of ive-and-a- age. far the best is Usain Bolt. Q: Who is your favourite male Q: If you met Produnova. on the greats. when he got dreaming. Bisweshwar Nandi. I’m currently I felt really bad he didn’t win a medal. I already know. By diicult to come up [with Championships in Montreal. I remember once. gymnast. I was practising alone. I thought I was there by my side. When he landed it. https://t. the 2018 to-back Olympic medals and be that future. Tell us about it. important to perfect what ever Shahrukh Khan. training. For the week April 18-24. something about it. A: My coach. and felt that something There won’t be another like her. .