Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Serum Institute of India CEO Adar Poonawalla have been named among the world’s 100 most influential people of 2021 by TIME (magazine).
TIME on 15 September unveiled its annual list of ‘The 100 Most Influential People of 2021’, a global list that includes United States President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Duke and Duchess of Sussex Prince Harry and Meghan, former US President Donald Trump and co-founder of the Taliban Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar.
TIME’s profile of Narendra Modi says that in its 74 years as an independent nation, India has had three pivotal leaders ― Jawaharlal Nehru, Indira Gandhi and Modi. “Narendra Modi is the third, dominating the country’s politics like no one since them.”
On Mamata Banerjee, her profile for the 100 most influential list says that the 66-year-old leader “has become the face of fierceness in Indian politics.”
“Of Banerjee, it is said, she doesn’t lead her party, the Trinamool Congress (AITC) ― she is the party. The street-fighter spirit and self-made life in a patriarchal culture set her apart,” the profile says.
Poonawalla’s TIME profile said that from the beginning of the Covid-19 pandemic, the 40-year-old head of the world’s largest vaccine maker “sought to meet the moment.”
“The pandemic is not over yet, and Poonawalla could still help end it. Vaccine inequality is stark, and delayed immunisation in one part of the world can have global consequences — including the risk of more dangerous variants emerging,” it said.
The list includes tennis player Naomi Osaka, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny, music icon Britney Spears, executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council Manjusha P Kulkarni, Apple CEO Tim Cook, actor Kate Winslet and the first African and first woman to lead the World Trade Organization Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.