The TIME magazine has recently released the list of the world’s most influential people in 2020. The annual list mentions the leading titans, tycoons, artists, pioneers, and icons which have put in all they have to bring a change and impact the contemporary world. The list includes people specialized in all niches; from politics to influencing and from CEOs to artists.
TIME CEO and editor in chief, Edward Felsenthal, said that the current year brings unprecedented challenges for all. 2020 is extremely different from other years and nobody could’ve predicted this six months ago. TIME 100 has always reflected on people’s good deeds and inspired the world. This edition is special because apart from the regular influencers such as heads of states, entertainers, and CEOs, it includes extraordinary prodigies who have given up everything to save our lives, realign the global ethics, lift up a positive spirit and build a movement. The hard work and passion exhibited by such souls influence us towards a more resilient, more sustainable, more ethical as well as a healthier world.
Time in its list of 100 most influential people has mentioned US President Donald Trump, the former Vice President and the Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden, Democratic VP nominee Kamala Harris, American physician Dr. Anthony Fauci, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, and German chancellor Angela Merkel. The list mentions the name of 5 Indians as well who are as follows:
- NARENDRA MODI
He is the only Indian politician who has his name recorded on the list. Since he gained power in the general elections of 2014, he has appeared four times in the list in the editions of 2014, 2015, 2017, and 2020.
In 2015’s edition, the globally renowned US President Barack Obama wrote a profile for him.
- AYUSHMAN KHURRANA
The only person to represent Bollywood in the list star and musician Ayushmann Khurrana.
As a token of respect leading Bollywood actress and global icon, Deepika Padukone has written a piece for him in the magazine. She has whole-heartedly appreciated Khurrana’s talent.
It is widely believed that Ayushman’s cinematic character often attacks the societal stereotypes. Deepika Padukone in her article said that she distinctly remembers how Ayushman debuted the film industry from Vicky Donor. He has been a part of the entertainment industry before as an anchor as well. He has been able to create an influential impact through his memorable movies and rejoiced characters. He has challenged the parochial attitude of the Indian audience which beliefs in male protagonist depicting stereotypical masculinity with his convincingly classic characters directed right at these stereotypes in his award-winning movies such as Vicky Donor, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Badhaai Ho, as well as Article 15.
- BILKIS DADI
The 82-year-old Bilkis Dadi was the face of anti-CAA/NRC Shaheen Bagh protests in Delhi.
Bilkis Dadi and other women, after days of sitting, became the symbol of hope and resistance in the three-month protest. All of them together came to be known as “Dadi Of Shaheen Bagh”. The TIME magazine honored Bilkis Dadi in its list of “The 100 Most Influential People of 2020.”
Rana Ayyub, the journalist and author, who has written about her for the TIME magazine, said that Bilkis represents the voice of the marginalized. With her valor and determination, she became the symbol of resistance in India, a country where the voices of minorities and women were being systematically drowned out by the majoritarian politics of the Modi regime, – wrote Mr. Ayyub.
- SUNDAR PICHAI
Another name added to the list is that of Chief executive officer of Alphabet and Google, Sundar Pichai. He has left no stone unturned to bring prestige and pride to the Indian community.
He appeared in the ‘Titans’ category beside actress Gabrielle Union Miami Heat forward Dwayne Wade, and Formula One racer Lewis Hamilton. Chairman and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jamie Dimon, said that Sundar embodies that genuine dream of Americans as he came from the Indian Subcontinent as an adult and then did everything possible to excel in his career to become the CEO of one of the most valuable companies in the world. “(Sundar) represents the best of what we aspire for our society. He used his natural gifts and strong work ethic to rise through the ranks of Google (now Alphabet) by leading many of their most successful products…” he said.
- RAVINDRA GUPTA
Another name to bring laurels to our country by being included in the coveted list is clinical microbiology professor Ravindra Gupta.
Ravindra Gupta is a professor of clinical microbiology at Cambridge University. He has been carved his name in the TIME magazine under the category of ‘Pioneers’. Gupta, an Indian origin doctor, is famous for his achievement in the field of Medicine which can potentially create history. He has successfully cured the London Patient Eric Castellijo of human-immunodeficiency virus (HIV). Eric is the second person in the world to be functionally cured of this deadly disease. “Dr. Gupta has shared his knowledge and his enthusiasm to find a feasible cure for everyone and has championed me and empowered me to become an ambassador of hope to millions of people living with HIV around the world,” wrote Castellijo.
It is no doubt that Indians are doing abnormally well in several domains all over the world. They are bringing prestige to the country by leaving behind the trails of empowerment, justice, and potence. The legacy is to go on forever!