PM Modi, Mamata Banerjee Featured In TIME Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People 2021’ List
According to TIME Magazine, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is one of the top 100 most influential individuals in the world in 2021.
TIME magazine also listed West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla among the world’s 100 most influential people for 2021.
The 100 Most Influential People of 2021
The annual listing of “The 100 Most Influential People of 2021,” a global list that includes US Vice President Joe Biden, US Vice President Kamala Harris, former US president Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan are among others
In addition, well-known names are included in the list. TIME’s list include Apple Co.’s CEO Tim Cook, Academy Award winner Kate Winslet, Hollywood actress Scarlett Johansson, Tesla founder Elon Musk, Tennis star Naomi Osaka, international pop-star Britney Spears, among others.
PM Narendra Modi
TIME’s profile of Modi says that in its 74 years as an an independent nation, India has had three pivotal leaders – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi is the third.
“Narendra Modi is the third, dominating the country’s politics like no one since them.”
Time noted that despite “mishandling COVID-19—the death toll PM Modi has been estimated to be much higher than the official count—his approval rating has slipped to a still sky-high 71 percent.”
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
Mamata Banerjee, the chief minister of West Bengal, has been called the “face of fierceness in Indian politics” by TIME Magazine this year.
Her street-fighter spirit and self-made existence were also praised by the publication.
“Of Banerjee, it is said, she doesn’t lead her party, the Trinamool Congress—she is the party. The street-fighter spirit and self-made life in a patriarchal culture set her apart. If any coalition of forces were to come together to counter Modi nationally, Mamata is almost certain to be the pivot,” TIME said.
Pune-Based Serum Institute Of India’s CEO Adar Poonawalla
Adar Poonawalla, the CEO of the Serum Institute of India in Pune, was named to TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People list in the ‘Pioneers’ category.
“The pandemic is not over yet, and Poonawalla could still help end it. Vaccine inequality is stark, and delayed immunisation in one part of the world can have global consequences—including the risk of more dangerous variants emerging,” it says.