After I published my article on / about famous chartered accountants, I came to know about some more famous Chartered Accountants (CA), courtesy: people who commented on my article. After reading about them too, my pride in my profession sought up like an inflated cash balance account. The following people are those who have pushed the benchmark of this profession higher than ever:
CA Harish Salve:
The Courtroom Badass. Harish Salve is currently one of India's leading lawyers, who primarily practices at the Supreme Court of India. His demeanor during argument is often forthright, even while appearing in constitutionally significant cases, often surprising judges and audiences. In 2009, India Today magazine ranked him the 18th most powerful person in the country. Harish Salve was the face of Vodafone. Recently, he represented the Italian marines in the Italian Marines case. He withdrew because the Italian government had reneged on its assurance given to the Supreme Court that the Marines would be produced before the appropriate Indian legal authorities. He wanted to do engineering. He failed thrice in his CA exams.
CA Naina Lal Kidwai:
The Businesswoman. A male dominant society and here she is: Naina Lal Kidwai, a chartered accountant by profession, is an Indian banker and business executive. She is currently the Group General Manager and Country Head of HSBC India. She was thePresident of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI). She also holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from University of Delhi and an MBA from Harvard Business School in 1982. She has repeatedly ranked in the Fortune global list of Top Women in Business, 12th in the Wall Street Journal 2006 Global Listing of Women to Watchand listed by Time Magazine as one of their 15 Global Influentials 2002.
CA N.K.P. Salve:
The Cricketer Politician Dude! A chartered accountant by profession, he played club cricket in Nagpur in his early years. He was thepresident of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). It was during his tenure that India won the 1983 Cricket World Cup, plus he managed to get joint hosting right for the 1987 Cricket World Cup for India and Pakistan. He was appointed a Union cabinet minister in 1982, under Indira Gandhi. He also remained chairman of the 9th Finance Commission of India. Father of CA Harish Salve.
CA Rahul Roy:
The Reformer. He was a former president of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India. He headed ICAI when he was just 34, thus being the youngest person to head ICAI. The highly acclaimed "campus interview" scheme was introduced by him when he chaired the Committee for Members in Industry of the ICAI. He was also the director of Ernst & Young India Pvt. Ltd. His daughter Rohini has authored his biography "Remembering Baba" which has been published by Penguin India.
CA Sanjay Subrahmanyan:
The CArnatic Singer. Sanjay is a Chartered Accountant and a rank-holding Cost Accountant. He later switched to vocal music and was trained by Rukmini Rajagopalan for a period of almost eight years. He has been the subject of documentary film Aaraar aasaippadaar by filmmaker Prasanna Ramaswamy. It opened to rave reviews in November 2006 in Chennai. He has performed with excellence and has enthralled the music loving audiences in Chennai as well as in Mumbai, Calcutta, Bangalore, Delhi and other places all over India. He has toured Malaysia, Singapore, Indonesia, Australia, US, Canada, UK, Switzerland and Oman.
CA Visakha Hari:
From Commerce to CAtha She has a State rank (Commerce) in school, and an all India rank in Chartered Accountancy. Visakha Hari is a mesmerising harikatha artiste, enchanting audiences in Tamil Nadu, India and abroad. Her remarkable eloquence is matched only by her delightful singing. Neither is used to astound the listener. Rather, the skills are geared to move hearts. Visakha Hari's style bears the unmistakable stamp of humility.
CA T.N. Manoharan:
The Padamshri; Satyam Shivam. He became a Chartered Accountant in 1983 and set up his public practice in the same year. He was elected to the central council of ICAI in 2001 and its Vice President in 2005. He remained as a Central Council Member till 2007. In 2009, Manoharan was one of the four members (as representatives of Government of India) appointed to the board of the scandal hit information technology company Satyam Computer Services for restructuring the company. In 2009, he won the CNN-IBN "Indian of the Year" award in the business category. He was awarded the Padma Shri in 2010.