September 16, 2021: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, and Adar Poonawalla, CEO of the Serum Institute of India (SII), are among the few Indians to enter the list of Time Magazine 100 most influential people of 2021.
Times Magazine 100 most influential people of 2021
Time Magazine released its annual list of The 100 Most Influential People of 2021 on Wednesday, a global list of leaders that includes President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, and former US President Donald Trump. Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, a co-founder of the Taliban, is also on the list.
Here are some of the anecdotes about those influential people.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi made it to the Times Magazine 100 most influential people of 2021
“Many believed that Modi’s election would finally shift India away from its socialist past and toward a capitalist future. He’s accomplished some of this, but he’s also pushed the country away from secularism and toward Hindu nationalism.
This year, two international groups decided that, under his leadership, India has moved away from democracy and toward electoral autocracy, as defined by the V-Dem Institute,” in an article for Time’s 100, Indian-American writer Fareed Zakaria writes on Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee
“Despite the money and men of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, she stood like a fortress against the expansionist ambitions of Narendra Modi, a seemingly indestructible Prime Minister, when she retained her job as chief minister of West Bengal in the state’s Assembly elections on May 2. Mamata has never been presented as someone’s wife, mother, daughter, or partner, unlike many other women in Indian politics. She worked as a stenographer and a milk-booth vendor to support her family after rising from extreme poverty. Banerjee is regarded to not only lead her party, the Trinamool Congress, but also to be the party. She stood out because of her street-fighter mentality and self-made existence in a patriarchal country. Mamata is almost certain to be the pivot if any coalition of forces comes together to oppose Modi on a national level,” Barkha Dutt remarked.
SII CEO Adar Poonawalla
“In March, Poonawalla said he didn’t want to ‘have regrets when history evaluates my deeds’. A fire at his plant in Pune, India; difficulty obtaining crucial raw materials; and a vaccine export prohibition amid India’s second wave of COVID-19 slowed his aspirations this year, leaving many countries scurrying to locate alternative supplies of the vaccines. The pandemic isn’t through yet, and Poonawalla might be able to help put an end to it. Vaccine disparities are obvious, and delayed immunisation in one part of the world might have worldwide ramifications, such as the likelihood of more deadly variations arising,” Abhishyant Kidangoor, a journalist remarked.
Co-founder of Taliban, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar
“It was on the basis Baradar negotiated that the Taliban surged to victory in Afghanistan in August. He was reported to be in charge of all significant decisions, including the amnesty granted to former regime members, the absence of violence after the Taliban took control of Kabul, and the regime’s ties and trips with neighbouring countries, particularly China and Pakistan. He now serves as the pivot for Afghanistan’s future. He was promoted to Deputy Prime Minister in the interim Taliban administration, with the top position going to a leader more acceptable to the younger, more hardline generation of Taliban commanders,” the magazine published an article glorifying the Taliban leader.
Pioneer, Artist, Leader, Icon, Titan, and Innovator are the six primary categories on Time magazine’s list of the 100 most influential individuals. There is a list of people from all over the world in each category.
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Every entry is hand-picked by the magazine’s editors for their outstanding work in the coming year, and inclusion on the list is considered an honour for the individual.