Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana has been featured in TIME Magazine’s annual list of the ‘100 Most Influential People in the World’. However, he was not the only Indian to make to the coveted list this year.
The list includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi who was named under the category of leaders along with Chinese President Xi Jinping and US President Donald Trump. Eighty-two-year-old Bilkis, the grandmother who relentlessly protested against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) at Shaheen Bagh, Delhi, also made her way into the list.
So, here are the five Indian trailblazers who made waves in the last year and was able to etch their names in TIME Magazine’s list of ‘100 Most Influential People of 2020.’
The only Indian actor to make to the list this year and he was named under the ‘Artist’ category along with several renowned international musicians and performers. It includes Grammy award-winning Cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fashion designer and pop culture icon Dapper Dan, writer-actress Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and singer, producer, social media icon Selena Gomez to name a few.
One of the most prominent faces of the anti-CAA protests in Shaheen Bagh and all over India, Bilkis also makes her way into the list. The 82-year-old was among many women who gathered at the protest site every single day during the initial months of 2020, all while sparking similar demonstrations in neighbourhoods across the nation.
Being the only Indian politician to have been featured in the list, India’s Prime Minister had been featured in the leader’s category. Time did not sugar-coat their words while building a narrative for Modi. They did not shy away from suggesting that Modi, as PM of India has “brought into doubt” into India’s secular narrative where “Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains and other religious sects – all have abided in India.” It added, “almost all of India’s Prime Ministers have come from the nearly 80% of the population that is Hindu, only Modi has governed as if no one else matters.”
Professor Gupta is yet another trailblazer in his field as he spearheaded a study that led to the second man in the history being cured of HIV in London last year. He was later appointed by the University of Cambridge as the professor of clinical microbiology at the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease. 40-year-old Adam Catillejo, who was the second man to be cured wrote a touching tribute for Gupta. He penned down Gupta as being, “thoughtful and compassionate.”
Google and Alphabet CEO, Pichai has also made into the list of 100 most influential people. “Sundar Pichai’s uniquely American story—emigrating from India as a young adult and working his way to become CEO of a $1 trillion corporation—represents the best of what we aspire for our society,” said JPMorgan Chase’s CEO Jamie Dimon. He praised Pichai’s work ethic and vision.
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