AGENCIES, New Delhi: TIME magazine’s list of 100 most influential people for the year 2020 includes Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana and Bilkis, who emerged as the face of the Shaheen Bagh protests.
Modi has been kept under the ‘Leaders’ along with US President Donald Trump, US attorney-general William Barr, Taiwan’s President Tsai Ing-wen, US NIAID chief Anthony Fauci and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden. Prime Minister Modi, who turned 70 a few days ago, had also made it to the TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people’s list earlier as well.
Bilkis was an unlikely face among the names who made it to the 100 most influential people’s list. She was among the leading figures who led protests in Delhi’s Shaheen Bagh area against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) last year. The 82-year-old was known for sitting at the protest site from early morning till midnight almost everyday for three months until the protests were disbanded due to Covid-19.
Actor Ayushmann Khurana was the only actor from India who made it to the list. Khurrana is the youngest Indian to be featured in this year’s TIME Magazine according to news agency PTI. Khurrana told PTI that he has used his acting to bring a positive change to the world. Deepika Padukone wrote an essay to introduce Khurrana to TIME magazine’s readers. He has acted in award-winning movies like Vicky Donor, Shubh Mangal Saavdhan, Badhaai Ho and Article 15.
The others to bring laurels to the Indian community by being included in the coveted list include Sundar Pichai, the CEO of Google’s parent Alphabet, and clinical microbiology professor Ravindra Gupta.