Namo, Mamata On The List For Time’s 100 Most Influential People Of 2021

PM Narendra Modi and West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

Time Magazine unveiled its 2021 global list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People’ on Wednesday. Four Indians including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, Serum Institute of India (SII) CEO Adar Poonawalla, and Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council (A3PCON) Executive Director Manjusha P Kulkarni have featured in the magazine’s annual global list.

The list is divided into six categories – Icons, Pioneers, Titans, Artists, Leaders, and Innovators.

PM Narendra Modi and Mamata Banerjee had been placed in the category of Leaders which also included other global political leaders such as US President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris, Former US President Donald Trump, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi, Israel President Naftali Bennett, and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi among others.

Adar Poonawalla was placed in the category of Pioneers for his company’s critical role in combating the COVID-19 pandemic whereas Manjusha P Kulkarni has been placed in the category of Icons which had a mix of people from all walks of life from sportspersons, actors, activists to lawyers.

CNN journalist Fareed Zakaria, who wrote the profile of PM Mod 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.”

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