Thursday, November 12, 2009

Dawood is more powerful than Sarkozy

Dawood Ibrahim is the world's 50th most powerful person, according to a new list of powerful people published by the prestigious Forbes magazine. The mafia lord, drug dealer and now a declared terrorist is above many heads of states like Sarkozy and  rich multinational industrialists like Ratan Tata and Lakshmi Mittal. The list has 67 people in total and people selected turn out to be one in a 100 million people in the world.

American President Barack Obama tops the list, followed by Chinese bossman Hu Jintao and Russian premier Vladimir Putin. World's most wanted terrorist Osama bin Laden comes at no. 37, just below Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh who is at 36. Pakistani Prime Minister Yusuf Raza Gilani is at after Osama at 38.

How did terrorists prop up in a list full of CEOs, presidents, prime ministers and even the Dalai Lama? Forbes says they considered four parameters.

"First, do they have influence over lots of other people? Do they control relatively large financial resources compared with their peers? Are they powerful in multiple spheres? There are only 67 slots on our list--one for every 100 million people on the planet--so being powerful in just one area is not enough. Lastly, we insisted that our choices actively use their power."


Considering that Osama is believed to be living in Pakistan's northwest and Dawood in Karachi, Osama is the most powerful person living in Pakistan, more powerful than the Pakistani Prime Minister. The main accused in Mumbai serial bomb blasts case Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar is the third most powerful person living in Pakistan. And by the way Osama and Dawood are not valid Pakistani citizens, they are only sheltered and protected by the ISI. 


In other prominent points, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi does not figure in the list because she does not actively uses her power. Hillary Clinton is way above her husband, former President Bill Clinton.

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