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5 Indians in TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi, actor Ayushmann Khurrana, ‘dadi’ from Shaheen Bagh protests Bilkis, Google CEO Sundar Pichai and professor Ravindra Gupta have made it to the TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people of 2020.

Narendra Modi

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was selected for winning the elections with majority votes twice in a row and taking some of the most difficult and controversial decisions. These include the demonetization and abrogation of Article 370. PM Modi also introduces the new citizenship law that resulted in widespread protests across the country. The protestors said the law discriminates against Muslims and demanded that it should be repealed.

TIME magazine’s editor Karl Vick wrote: “Though almost all of India’s Prime Ministers have come from the nearly 80 per cent of the population that is Hindu, only Modi has governed as if no one else matters.”

Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana has been praised by the magazine for doing films that break the stereotype of masculinity. While he played the role of a sperm donor in his first film “Vicky Donor”, recently he played the role of a homosexual partner in the movie “Shubh Mangal Zyada Savdhan”.

Actor Deepika Padukone wrote in the magazine that: “The reason you and I talk about him today is because of the impact he has been able to create through memorable films and iconic characters. Where male protagonist roles often fall into the trap of stereotypical masculinity, Ayushmann has successfully and convincingly transformed into characters who challenge those stereotypes.”

Bilkis ‘dadi’

Bilkis, an 82-year-old woman who was at the forefront of the Shaheen Bagh protests in Delhi against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), has also made it to the TIME magazine’s list.

Bilkis, one of the ‘dadis’ of Shaheen Bagh, became the face of the Shaheen Bagh anti-CAA protests that went on to trigger massive protests across the country, inspiring similar demonstrations in Kolkata, Mumbai and other cities that went on for months.

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Bilkis had said they will not move until the CAA is repealed. “They call us traitors. When we pushed Britishers out of the country, who is Narendra Modi and Amit Shah? We won’t move an inch even if someone fires at us. You remove NRC and CAA, we will clear the site in no time.”

Bilkis’ firm resolve went on to inspire thousands of students and student leaders across the country, who continued the anti-CAA protests for months.

Ravindra Gupta

Miracle is the word if one has cured from HIV. The same thing happened to a HIV patient in the UK whop walked free from the virus in March 2019. And, that happened because of a study led by professor Ravindra Gupta. He was appointed as a professor of clinical microbiology at the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease in the same year.

Adam Castillejo, the person who got cured from HIV, wrote in the magazine that: “Through the years, our partnership has developed and strengthened as Gupta has shared his knowledge and his enthusiasm to find a cure for everyone. He has championed me and empowered me to become an ambassador of hope for millions of people living with HIV around the world.”

Sundar Pichai

Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai became the chief of the world’s most valued tech company at the age of 42 years.

JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon wrote in the magazine that: “Sundar Pichai’s uniquely American story—emigrating from India as a young adult and working his way to become the CEO of a US$1 trillion corporation—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 by leading many of their most successful products such as Drive, Gmail and Maps.”

 

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