New York: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and West Bengal Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee have featured in the TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people in the world, alongside US President Joe Biden, and Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Taliban leader Abdul Ghani Baradar, US Vice President Kamla Harris and former US President Donald Trump were also in the list among the world’s 100 most influential people of 2021.
An article on the India Prime Minister carried by the TIME magazine said he is among the top three most influential leaders in the country ever, along with Jawaharlal Nehru, the founding prime minister and Indira Gandhi, who presided through the “most tumultuous times”, which saw war, civil strife, and an emergency rule.
The article said: “Despite mishandling COVID-19—the death toll has been estimated to be much higher than the official count—his approval rating has slipped to a still sky-high 71 percent.”
The article on Mamata Banerjee called her face of fierceness in Indian politics. It mentioned her rise from poverty, working once as a stenographer and a milk-booth vendor to support her family.
It also said if any coalition of forces may come together to counter PM Modi nationally, “Mamata is almost certain to be the pivot.”
Adar Poonawal, CEO of Serum Institute of India that is manufacturing Covid-19 vaccines, featured in the list among the most influential pioneers.
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle have been listed among the most influential icons.
Entrepreneur Elon Musk is among the list of most influential innovators.