2017 Indian Power Rankings

Aziz headlines a formidable group of Indian entertainers on this list, but he’s not #1.

Criteria
a) How many Americans (of any race, in 2017) can name you, and not just vaguely describe you?
b) Do people know you’re Indian?
c) Are you alive?

The Top 10
1. Deepak Chopra
2. Aziz Ansari
3. Mindy Kaling
4. Kal Penn
5. Narendra Modi
6. Dev Patel
7. Sunny Leone (don’t Google this)
8. Sanjay Gupta
9. Bobby Jindal
10. M. Night Shyamalan

Tier 2 (arguably top 10)
Priyanka Chopra
Dinesh D’Souza
Nikki Haley
Padma Lakshmi
Kevin Negandhi
Archie Panjabi
Russell Peters
Vivek Ranadive
||Superwoman||
Fareed Zakaria

Tier 3
Vani Hari (“Food Babe”)
Jhumpa Lahiri
Aasif Mandvi
Vivek Murthy
Satya Nadella
Kunal Nayyar
Sundar Pichai
Salman Rushdie
(I’m) Lakshmi Singh
Vijay Singh

Huge year for Huma, who’d easily have made the top 5 if people knew she was Indian.

People Don’t Know You’re Indian
Huma Abedin 
Kamala Harris
Norah Jones
Ben Kingsley
Nicki Minaj
Freida Pinto
Rachel Roy (alleged Becky With the Good Hair)
Ali Velshi

<Person you were going to complain about us excluding> probably belongs in this next section.

You Matter But Nobody Knows You (this section could go on and on…)
Aravind Adiga
Viswanathan Anand
Amitabh Bachchan
Preet Bharara
Atul Gawande
Sunil Gulati
Vijay Iyer
Amir Khan (actor)
Vinod Khosla
Zubin Mehta
Siddhartha Mukherjee
Mira Nair
Shantanu Narayen
Indra Nooyi
A.R. Rahman
Arundhati Roy
Amartya Sen
Gayatri Spivak
Sachin Tendulkar
Shashi Tharoor

You’re Not Actually Indian
Tulsi Gabbard (Samoan-American)
Amir Khan (Pakistani-British boxer)
Sal Khan (Bengali-American)
MIA (Sri Lankan-British)
Kumail Nanjiani (Pakistani-American)
Anita Raja (the real Elena Ferrante; Italian-Polish)

Some forgot. We never did.

Forgotten
Naveen Andrews
Sim Bhullar
Nina Davuluri (the Indian Miss America)
Rajat Gupta and the other jailed Indian bankers
Neel Kashkari
Sanjaya Malakar
Hasan Minhaj
Danny Pudi
Jay Sean
Sri Srinivasan
All the National Spelling Bee champions
The entire cast of Outsourced