The most powerful Indians in 2013: Top Public Figures

Central Bureaucrats

1 Pulok Chatterji

Considered the most powerful bureaucrat, the Principal Secretary to the PM cracks the whip on ministries to put them back on the high-growth path.

2 Shivshankar Menon

The National Security Advisor has warded off attempts to encroach on his territory and maintains the primacy of his position in security matters.

3 Ranjit Sinha

Having got the position amid much mud-slinging, the CBI Director has been applying himself quietly to numerous politically sensitive cases.

4 D Subbarao

The RBI Governor has been nudging the government to curb its fiscal profligacy and has adopted a strong stance on cutting interest rates.

5 Vinod Rai

This CAG has troubled the government like no one before him, both with words and deeds on issues from 2G spectrum to farm-loan waiver.

6 Sindhushree Khullar

On a two-year extension, the Planning Commission Secretary monitors the implementation of the Direct Benefits Transfer Scheme.

7 Asif Ibrahim

The first Muslim to become the Director of Intelligence Bureau, he has access to the first family of the ruling party.

8 R K Singh

Despite embarrassing the government many times, the Home Secretary virtually runs the ministry in the absence of a powerful minister.

9 K Raju

The Additional Secretary in the Sonia Gandhi-led NAC is responsible for ensuring that the government does not lose sight of the social sectors.

10 Arvind Mayaram

Called from the Rural Development Ministry when P Chidambaram took over as FM, Secretary, DEA, works to ensure fiscal consolidation.

Talking Heads

1 Pratap Bhanu Mehta

An Indian Express columnist and President of Centre for Policy Research, he is one of India's most thoughtful public commentators.

2 Aruna Roy

One of the most visible faces in Sonia Gandhi's National Advisory Council, her perspectives on social policy are hugely influential.

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