Prime Minister Narendra Modi is among the few Indians who have been featured in Time Magazine’s list of ‘100 most influential people of 2020’. Modi is the only politician from India who has made it to the coveted list.
Modi, who turned 70 a few days ago, has emerged as a central figure in India and the world after his party’s convincing victory in the 2019 Lok Sabha elections.
He has been at the forefront of India’s fight against the coronavirus pandemic even as opposition leaders continue to blame his government for failing to handle the pandemic situation.
Prominent leaders like Indian National Congress(INC) Rahul Gandhi have also launched scathing attacks against the prime minister for rising unemployment in the country and the deepening conflict with China at the Ladakh border.
While there is growing criticism in the country regarding some of the ruling BJP-led NDA government’s policies, a recent survey found that Prime Minister Modi remains the most popular leader in the country.
The survey found that 66% of the people believed that Narendra Modi should be the next prime minister of India.
Prime Minister Modi has been a recurring name on the Time Magazine’s ‘100 most influential people’ list. He has appeared four times on the list since coming to power in 2014. His name has appeared on the list in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2020.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is part of this year’s 100 most influential people’s list. Karl Vick, TIME editor-at-large wrote, “The key to democracy is not, in fact, free elections. Those only tell who got the most votes. More important are the rights of those who did not vote for the winner. India has been the world’s largest democracy for more than seven decades. Its population of 1.3 billion includes Christians, Muslims, Sikhs, Buddhists, Jains, and other religious sects. All have abided in India, which the Dalai Lama (who has spent most of his life in refuge there) has lauded as an example of harmony and stability.”
“Narendra Modi has brought all that into doubt. Though 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. First elected on a populist promise of empowerment, his Hindu-nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party rejected not only elitism but also pluralism, specifically targeting India’s Muslims. The crucible of the pandemic became a pretense for stifling dissent. And the world’s most vibrant democracy fell deeper into shadow.”
The list features other big influential names like US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Xinping, American Singer Selena Gomez etc.