Compiling the definitive list of the 50 most influential personalities of a country as diverse as India is a tall order.
Personalities in the list have been recognised on the basis of their influence over India’s policies, governance, people, the change they have brought about, and more. The influence these people have extends well beyond their immediate responsibilities and posts.
The final list was compiled by Yahoo editors, taking into account the aforementioned points and also factors such as the social media influence these personalities wield, their popularity, their impact on the country and externally, their newsworthiness, the mass-following they have, the general power they possess to make things happen, and readers’ polls.
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