National Leaders

Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi
Cover of TIME Magazine June 30, 1947

Indira Gandhi
• India's first and to date only female Prime Minister of India • January 19, 1966 to March 24, 1977, January 14, 1980 to October 31, 1984 until her assassination

Indira Gandhi at the nuclear test site, 1974

Rajiv Gandhi
• Son of Indira Gandhi • 9th Prime Minister of India (and the 3rd from the Gandhi family) from his mother's death on 31 October 1984 until his resignation on December 2, 1989 • Becoming the Prime Minister of India at the age of 40, he is the youngest person to date to hold that office

Dr. Manmohan Singh
The Prime Minister of India

• India's architect of reforms • The first Sikh to become Prime Minister of India on May 22, 2004 • An unassuming politician • Highly respected and admired image

Dr. Singh's image
• A formidable intellectual • a political leader of integrity • Compassionate and attentive to common people • A recognized technocrat • A bold leader

Resume of Dr. Singh
• Chief, Financing for Trade Section, UNCTAD, United Nations Secretariat, New York • 1966 : Economic Affairs Officer • Economic Advisor, Ministry of Foreign Trade, India (1971-1972) • Chief Economic Advisor, Ministry of Finance, India, (1972-1976) • Honorary Professor, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi (1976) • Director, Reserve Bank of India (1976-1980) • Director, Industrial Development Bank of India (1976-1980) • Secretary, Ministry of Finance (Department of Economic Affairs), Government of India, (1977-1980) • Governor, Reserve Bank of India (1982-1985) • Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of India, (1985-1987) • Advisor to Prime Minister of India on Economic Affairs (1990-1991) • Finance Minister of India, (June 21, 1991 - May 15, 1996) • Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha • Prime Minister of India (May 22, 2004 - Present)

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh shakes hands with U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney after delivering a speech to the Joint session of the United States

Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam President of India
• Father of India’s - space - missile - satellite programme • Author of “India 2020 Vision”

DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM President of India
• Specialized in Aeronautical Engineering • Project Director to develop India's first indigenous Satellite Launch Vehicle (SLV-III) which successfully injected the Rohini satellite in the near earth orbit in July 1980 • ISRO's launch vehicle program, particularly the PSLV configuration • After working for two decades in ISRO and mastering launch vehicle technologies, Dr. Kalam took up the responsibility of developing Indigenous Guided Missiles at Defence Research and Development Organization as the Chief Executive of Integrated Guided Missile Development Program (IGMDP) • He was responsible for the development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles

DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM President of India
• Development and operationalisation of AGNI and PRITHVI Missiles • Scientific Adviser to Defence Minister and Secretary, Department of Defence Research & Development from July 1992 to December 1999. • Pokhran-II nuclear tests in collaboration with Department of Atomic Energy, which made India a nuclear weapon State • Professor, Technology & Societal Transformation at Anna University, Chennai from November 2001 • He has recently refused an honorary doctorate from a University, stating he is satisfied with the ones he has earned with his hard work and determination

DR. A.P.J. ABDUL KALAM President of India • "Wings of Fire", "India 2020 - A Vision for the New Millennium", "My journey" and "Ignited Minds Unleashing the power within India“ • Unique honor of receiving honorary doctorates from 30 universities and institutions • He has been awarded the coveted civilian awards - Padma Bhushan (1981) - Padma Vibhushan (1990) • The highest civilian award Bharat Ratna (1997)

• India successfully test-fires Agni-III missile • The nuclear-capable Agni-III missile with a range of 3000 km

Agni = Fire

“Brahmos”: The super-sonic cruise missile
• First and only supersonic cruise missile using liquid ramjet technology • Can travel at mach 2.823 • Range of 290 km • Configured to be launched from either land, ship, sub-marine and aircraft • India and Russia intend to make 1,000 BrahMos supersonic cruise missiles over the next 10 years

• medium range • surface-to-surface missile • capable of carrying nuclear warheads in a range of up to 300 km • capacity to carry warheads weighing up to 1000 kg

Prithvi = Earth


Sukhoi-30MKI Sukhoi-30MKI



India is among six countries that launch satellites and do so even for Germany, Belgium, South Korea, Singapore and EU countries. India's INSAT is among the world's largest domestic satellite communication systems. India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) was indigenously manufactured with most of the components like motor cases, inter-stages, heat shield, cryogenic engine, electronic modules all manufactured by public and private Indian industry

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO)

India's Polar Satellite launch vehicle, PSLV-C8, carrying Italian astronomical satellite AGILE

Polar Satellite launch vehicle, PSLV-C8

ISRO puts India into elite space club

India: Self-Reliance
 Back in 1968, India imported 9M tonnes of foodgrains to support its people, through a grand programme of national self-sufficiency which started in 1971, today, it now has a food grain surplus stock of 60M.

 India is among the 3 countries in the World that have
built Supercomputers on their own. The other two countries being USA and Japan

The Top 20
• • • • William Gates III Warren Buffett Carlos Slim Helú Ingvar Kamprad Sheldon Adelson Bernard Arnault Amancio Ortega Li Ka-shing David Thomson Larry Ellison Liliane Bettencourt Prince Alwaleed Karl Albrecht Roman Abramovich Stefan Persson Paul Allen Theo Albrecht

The World's Billionaires

• Lakshmi Mittal
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• Mukesh Ambani

• Anil Ambani

• Members of our third annual ranking of India's 40 richest businesspeople are worth a collective $170 billion, up from $106 billion last year • India's top 10, worth $112 billion, account for twothirds of that wealth. • The rankings include 36 billionaires, 9 more than last year. • India's hot stock market, up 39% this year, and its robust real estate market helped swell most fortunes. • The minimum net worth needed to make the cut rose to $790 million, up from $590 million

Mittal Steel Company

• World's largest steel producer - by volume - in turnover • Company is now part of Arcelor Mittal

Ambani Brothers
'The Families That Own Asia'

Tatas snapped up Corus

Kumar Mangalam Birla

• The A V Birla Group has bid for the Canadian aluminium giant Novelis Inc. for $6 billion • World’s largest aluminum rolling company • Aluminum that goes into cars that companies like General Motors

The Coca-Cola cans will be made by the A V Birla Group

1. Condoleezza Rice 2. Wu Yi

3. Sonia Gandhi
4. Laura Bush 5. Hillary Rodham Clinton

The Top Ten Women of the World (2004)
• The President of the Indian National Congress • The Chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha • Leader of the Congress Parliamentary Party

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