Nation special report
LONDON: India’s Prime Minister Narindera Modi and Pakistan Chief of Army Staff Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa have been named among ‘The World’s Most Powerful People’ by Forbes magazine in its annual ranking for 2018.
Narindera Modi has been ranked at 9th most powerful person while Gen Bajwa was regarded as the 68th most powerful person in the world on a list that includes 75 personalities.
Chinese President Xi Jinping has been named the world’s most powerful person for 2018, while Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump have been ranked second and third, respectively.
“Although the president is his boss on paper, Pakistan’s chief of army staff is de facto the most powerful person in the nuclear armed state,” says Forbes about Gen Bajwa.
“Javed Bajwa joins the world’s most powerful at a time when the rift between India and Pakistan is improving, partly thanks to his efforts.” Forbes, a New York-based bi-weekly magazine, observed that Gen Bajwa has a “difficult task” on his hands of maintaining peace in Pakistan, where militant groups are present, “while managing a complex relationship with India”.
“Two years into his tenure as the head of the world’s sixth largest army, Bajwa has established himself as a mediator and proponent of democracy,” the magazine wrote. Gen Bajwa is one of 17 new entrants on the most powerful people list.
Of these, Saudi Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman (MBS), the Kingdom’s de factor leader, is the only one who has made it to the top 10. German Chancellor Angela Merkel, ranked 4th, is the only woman among the top 10. Forbes’ yearly ranking of The World’s Most Powerful People identifies one person out of every 100 million “whose actions mean the most”. “There are nearly 7.5 billion humans on planet Earth, but these 75 men and women make the world turn,” the magazine wrote.
Narendra Modi India’s populist prime minister remains hugely popular in the second most populous country on earth, with a population of 1.3 billion people. In November 2016 he unexpectedly announced plans to eliminate India’s two largest banknotes in a bid to reduce money laundering and corruption.
Modi has raised his profile as a global leader in recent years during official visits with Donald Trump and Xi Jinping. He has also emerged as a key figure in the international effort to tackle climate change, as warming affects millions of his country’s rural citizens. Top 10 most powerful people 1 Xi Jinping (President) China 2 Vladimir Putin (President) Russia 3 DonaldTrump (President) United States 4 Angela Merkel (Prime Minister) Germany 5 Jeff Bezos (CEO) Amazon.com 6 Pope Francis (Pope) Roman Catholic Church 7 Bill Gates (CEO) Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation 8 Mohammed bin Salman Al Saud (Crown Prince) Saudi Arabia 9 Narendra Modi (Prime Minister) India 10 Larry Page (CEO) Alphabet.