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Nirmala Sitharaman among the 100 most influential on the list of UK powers

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Minister of Finance of the Union, Nirmala Sitharaman. (Archive)

Nirmala Sitharaman, Minister of Finance of the Union, was appointed100 most influential UK-India relations: celebrating women list, which credited the BJP leader as one of India's most powerful women, who played a "key" role in the bilateral relationship.

"Having studied at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked in the UK in her previous career, Nirmala is more familiar with the UK than probably with all her other colleagues," the quote quoted in the list says.

The list was launched by UK Interior Minister Sajid Javid to mark India Day at the Houses of Parliament in London. In addition to Sitharaman, the list includes Britain's Secretary of State for Defense Penny Mordaunt and Ruchi Ghanashyam, the High Commissioner for India in the United Kingdom.

"With India emerging as the world's largest importer of defense products and a significant strategic partner for the UK, Penny plays a crucial role in the relationship between India and the UK," she notes.

Ghanashyam welcomed the compilation as an acknowledgment of the "front and center role" played by women in the bilateral relationship.

"This list highlights the enormous potential for the future of the UK and India as they continue to unite as two major countries. From business to politics, to art and to literacy, women continue to pave the way for bringing together this daring partnership through collaboration and relationships, "she said.

The women on the list occupy positions of influence in India and the United Kingdom in 11 broad sectors, including politics, technology and sustainability.

Some of the other prominent names include lawmakers from India in the UK such as Priti Patel and Baroness Sandy Verma, filmmaker Gurinder Chadha, chiefs of law firms Zia Mody and Pallavi S Shroff, Suneeta Reddy, executive director of Apollo Hospitals, and Debjani Ghosh, President of Nasscom.

(With PTI inputs)

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