Blogger breaks into India’s most powerful list

Businessweek magazine has compiled its latest list of the “50 Most Powerful People in India”. There are four media people on it—a pioneer-entrepreneur who founded an advertising agency, a software company and an internet portal; a publisher who inherited the world’s biggest selling English language newspaper; a writer who founded a pathbreaking webzine turned magazine—and a blogger.

“Blogger Amit Varma brings a particular libertarian point of view to his columns and blog items, but also a risqué sense of humor that keeps readers hooked. He won the 2007 Bastiat Prize for his columns in Indian business paper Mint, and for a select group of Indians, he represents a libertarian, anti-tax and anti-government sensibility that is still quite rare in the country.”

The other three media mavens are: Ajit Balakrishnan, 61, founder of rediff.com; Vineet Jain, managing director, Times Group; and Tarun J. Tejpal, editor of Tehelka.

Photograph: courtesy The Mad Man/ Flickr

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2 Comments

  1. Duke Hee Hee

    Except that BusinessWeek seems to have flubbed the photo of Vineet Jain. That’s CERTAINTLY not the MD of BCCL – looks more like a younger Prakash Karat!

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