Russian President Vladimir Putin retains his place as the world’s most powerful, while US president Barack Obama slipped one place to number three. Angela Merkel is at second place.
Forbes said PM Modi presided over 7.4% GDP growth in his first year in office and raised his profile as a global leader during official visits with Barack Obama and Xi Jinping. A tour of Silicon Valley reinforced India’s massive importance in tech. Mr Modi however must pass his party’s reform agenda and keep fractious opposition under control.