Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee and Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla have featured in Time magazine’s most influential people of 2021.
Time Magazine unveiled its annual global list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People’ on Wednesday. The list is divided into six categories – Icons, Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders and Innovators.
The profile of PM Narendra Modi, written by CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria, says India has had three pivotal leaders since independence – Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Narendra Modi. “Narendra Modi (70) is the third, dominating the country’s politics like no one since them,” Zakaria writes.
Similarly, the profile of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee describes her as the “face of fierceness in Indian politics”. It goes on to add, “Of Banerjee (66), 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.”
The Time Magazine profile of SII CEO Adar Poonawalla says, “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.”
Others on Time Magazine’s annual list
Apart from PM Narendra Modi, CM Mamata Banerjee and SII CEO Adar Poonawalla, the list also includes US President Joe Biden, his Vice President Kamala Harris, Chinese President Xi Jinping, former US president Donald Trump and the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – Prince Harry and Meghan.
Interestingly, the name of Taliban co-founder Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar also featured in Time Magazine’s list of ‘Most Influential People of 2021’. Baradar has been named deputy to Mullah Akhund, head of the interim Taliban regime in Afghanistan.
Others on the list include Israeli PM Naftali Bennett, Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, American politician Liz Cheney, TV presenter Tucker Carlson and Tesla CEO Elon Musk.
Japanese tennis player Naomi Osaka, American football quarterback Tom Brady, pop star Britney Spears, singer-songwriter Dolly Parton, fashion designer Aurora James, actors Kate Winslet, Jason Sudeikis, Scarlett Johansson and Omar Sy also made the list.