America’s famous magazine Time has included 5 Indians in the list of 100 influential people of the world including PM Narendra Modi. Time Magazine publishes every year the list of 100 most influential people in the world. In this article, we will see which Indians made to this list.
PM Narendra Modi
Apart from Prime Minister Modi, the list includes other world leaders like Xi Jinping, Taiwanese President Tsai Ing-Wen, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Joe Biden, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among others. However, Time magazine did bitter comment on Modi.
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Time magazine wrote about PM Modi, ‘The most necessary for democracy is not free elections. It only shows who has got the most votes. More important than this is the right of those who did not vote for the winner. India has been the largest democracy in the world for over 7 decades. India’s population of 1.3 billion includes Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and people of other religions.”
The editor further wrote “ Narendra Modi has put all these in doubt. Although almost all the Prime Ministers of India came from a Hindu community with 80 per cent of the population, only the Modi government ruled in such a way that did not care about the rest. Elected at first with the popular promise of empowerment, his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party rejected not only excellence but also pluralism, particularly targeting India’s Muslims. The Pandemic crisis became an excuse for strangulation. And the world’s most vibrant democracy has fallen into deep darkness.”
Bilkis, who became famous as ‘Dadi’ during the Shaheen Bagh movement, has also been included among the 100 most influential people in the world. 82-year-old Bilkis came into the limelight when she drew attention against the Citizenship Amendment Act by sitting on a Protest in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh movement. According to media reports, She has emerged as the face of the Protest and belongs to Bulandshahr in Uttar Pradesh. Her husband passed away about 10 years ago, who used to do farming. Bilkis currently lives in Delhi with her daughters-in-law.
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Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has also been included in this year’s list of hundred influential people in the famous Time magazine. National Award winning actor Ayushmann is the fifth Indian to take his place in this prestigious list for the year 2020.
Actor Ayushman Khurana said on this, “I am really very humble with the identity that time has given me. As an artist, my desire has always been to contribute towards bringing a positive change in society through my films and this moment is a great proof of my faith and my journey.”
CEO of Google, Sundar Pichai has also included in the list. He studied engineering from IIT Kharagpur. After this, he went to America. He took a master’s degree from Stanford University there. Later he also did an MBA from Wharton School. In 2004, he joined Google. In 2015, he became the CEO of Google and is now CEO of Alphabet( parent company of Google).
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