These are the seven Indians in the 2016 TIME 100 Most Influential People list
- Sunita Narain (Pioneers – Environmentalist)
- Sachin and Binny Bansal (Titans – Flipkart)
- Sundar Pichai (Titans – CEO of Google)
- Priyanka Chopra (Artists – Actress)
- Sania Mirza (Icons – Tennis Star)
- Raghuram Rajan (Leaders – RBI Governor)
The ‘Leaders’ section in which Raghuram Rajan finds mention
has such names like Chinese President Xi Jinping, US President Barack Obama, Russian President Vladimir Putin, North Korean Dictator Kim Jong Un, Hillary Clinton, Donald Trump, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Aung San Suu Kyi.
The man who failed to make the cut this year was Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, about whom Obama had himself written a glowing commendation in 2015.
Obama, Putin, Xi, Kim and Hillary were in the same list in 2015. So why is Modi not there? To know that, one has to understand how the magazine prepares the list.
This is what TIME has to say about the process:
“There are all sorts of yardsticks for measuring influence: Donald Trump’s 5.9 million Google News mentions in the past year, Adele’s 64.8 million Facebook likes, the records shattered by Usain Bolt on foot, Lewis Hamilton on wheels, Katie Ledecky in the pool, Stephen Curry on the court. To capture what sets the honorees apart, we reached out to people who watched them rise, knew them when, understand firsthand the opportunities they seized and the obstacles they overcame.”
That’s the crux. Now, over to the other Indians.
Sunita Narain is the head of New Delhi–based Centre for Science and Environment. She is in the TIME 100 list because of her tireless activism on climate change. During his India visit in 2015, Leonardo Di Caprio – who too is in the list under ‘Icons’ section – visited CSE in New Delhi.
Sundar Pichai is in for obvious reasons.
Sachin Tendulkar writes an effusive note of praise for Sania Mirza’s tenacity and explains why she deserves to be in the list.
Of course, Sania had cemented her name as India’s best tennis player ever with a series of victories including 2 Grand Slams in 2015 and 1 at the very start of 2016.
Then there is the duo of Sachin and Binny Bansal. TIME writes about their rise from humble beginnings to the ecommerce behemoth they have set up.
The notable name is Priyanka Chopra, who has now established herself quite strongly in Hollywood.
That she features in one of TIME magazine’s cover pages underlines the influence she has had overseas as a actor from India.