Malala Yousafzai tops list, declared Britain's most influential Asian

Nov 28 2013, 16:11 IST
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SummaryMalala Yousafzai has been named as Britain's most influential Asian by a weekly publication.

Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani teenager shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, has been named as Britain's most influential Asian by a weekly publication here.

At the 'GG2 (Garavi Gujarat2) Leadership Awards 2013' last night, Malala, along Kainat Riaz and Shazia Ramzan, who were shot and wounded by the Taliban in Swat Valley last year, were chosen for the GG2 Hammer Award, for their bravery.

British Deputy Premier Nick Clegg was the chief guest on the occasion where she was ranked Number 1 in the latest edition of 'GG2 Power 101' list.

Though Malala was not present to receive the award, she said in a recorded message: "We must recognise the children's struggle for their right and help children who are victims of child trafficking. No terrorist threats can deter us and we

will carry on with our campaign for the right to education for girls."

The publication noted: "Malala, who was unknown over a year ago, has become synonymous with a type of girl power that should be celebrated and applauded everywhere. Today, presidents, prime ministers, people of influence and power

listen to this remarkable 16-year-old.

"The GG2 Hammer Award winner of 2013 transcends every boundary and appeals to the very core of our humanity."

Labour MP Keith Vaz, chairman of the Home Affairs Committee, who headed the power list last year, has beenranked as Number 2.

Once Britain's richest man, steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal has slipped "almost unnoticed into the ranks of the country's mere billionaires", the list noted, putting him on Number 3.

Noting that Mittal remains one of the most successful businessmen of his generation, the publication said "the last few years have been increasingly tough, as the demand for steel has fallen and so too has Mittal's financial and political clout, but only because the market has challenged him."

The Hinduja brothers, Srichand, Gopichand, Ashok and Prakash, are listed at Number four in the Power 101.

"When it comes to exercising power and influence the Hindujas are remarkably strong because they have remained united," the publication said.

Lord Swraj Paul, with son Angad, have been ranked at Number 21 on the list.

"At 82, Lord Swraj Paul is the grand old man of the Indian community whose voice commands wide respect both in Britain and India.

"Part of his influence derives from the fact that his is one of the few family owned businesses in Britain that has done its best to keep manufacturing alive

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