Washington, April 16: Headed by Prime Minister rendra Modi, whom President Barack Obama calls “India’s reformer-in-chief”, four people of Indian origin figure in the Time magazine’s list of the World’s 100 most influential people this year.
Besides Modi, others on the influential magazine’s list of 100 Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons include Chanda Kochhar, maging director and CEO of ICICI Bank, Microsoft CEO Satya dela, and Vikram Patel, co-founder of the NGO Sangath.
In his profile of Modi, the commander-in-chief of the world’s most powerful country notes, “As a boy, rendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family.
“Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story — from poverty to Prime Ministera — reflects the dymism and potential of India’s rise,” Obama writes.
Reflecting his close relationship with Modi, Obama referring to him by his first me recalls that when “he came to Washington, rendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr”.
“We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect,” he wrote.
“Prime Minister Modi recognises that more than one billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world,” Obama wrote.
“Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern — a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a ‘digital India’,” Obama wrote. Chanda Kochhar is described by Anshu Jain, co-chief executive officer of Deutsche Bank, as “A banker with vision and reach.”
“She has brought India’s largest private bank a global vision and impressive returns, while also reaching out to the tion’s masses with branches in remote villages where banks simply didn’t exist,” Jain writes.
Microsoft CEO Satya della is billed as “The turround artist” who is “setting Microsoft up for greatness again”.
“Changes that once would have been considered blasphemous — releasing open-source software, building on iOS and Android and even making Windows free in some cases — are turning Microsoft around,” says Aaron Levie, the CEO of Box.
Vikram Patel, co-founder of the NGO Sangath and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is described as a “Well-being warrior”. “He helps spread the simple yet profound idea of mental health for all. He provides hope that mental illness and trauma make us neither weak nor unworthy of love and respect,” writes Barbara Van Dahlen, founder of Give an Hour and the Campaign to Change Direction. The annual TIME 100 issue, the magazine says “tells 100 stories of individual influence. But taken together, these stories are an anthem to interaction, the convergence that occurs when you harmonise a good idea”. For the third straight year, Pakistani education activist Malala Yousafzai, 17, is the youngest person on the list.
The oldest person on the list is Tunisian President Beji Caid Essebsi, who at 88 finds himself the steward of the Arab world’s youngest democracy. (IANS)