Montek Singh Ahluwalia, Planning Commission Deputy Chairman
Famous for his blue turban and clipped beard, the man known simply as "Montek" is a powerful bureaucrat whose influence is greater than his title would suggest.
Along with the Singh and then-Prime Minister Narasimha Rao, Ahluwalia was an architect of India's moves in 1991 to liberalise its economy, which set the country on its current higher-growth trajectory, freeing it from the so-called "Hindu" rate of growth.
Smooth-talking and approachable, with an Oxbridge accent, Ahluwalia, 66, is media star who frequently speaks on data and policy. Although his comments are often more academic than official, his views are nonetheless closely followed by markets.