The most powerful Indians in 2013: Top Public Figures
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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.
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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