It is a joyous occasion for Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal for he is the only Indian leader in 2016 list of Fortune 50 World’s Greatest Leaders.
And there is just one reason why he is in that elite list.
Fortune praises the 47-year-old Delhi CM’s work on curbing air pollution in New Delhi, which tops WHO’s list of world’s most polluted cities.
Mentioning him in the preface, Fortune says that he risked “his career to fight pollution”.
The magazine estimates that Kejriwal’s “odd-even” pilot project worked well despite the skepticism it received when announced.
As a result, the magazine says, Delhi’s roads became less clogged and air pollution dropped by 13 per cent (Delhi Government claimed the drop was by 20-22 per cent).
Some are wondering why PM Narendra Modi, who was ranked 5th last year, is not in the list. A hint can be found in Fortune’s own criteria of selection of the world’s greatest leaders.
“Anyone who has been ranked previously must requalify each year with new achievements…We recognize those who are inspiring others to act, to follow them on a worthy quest, and who have shown staying power.”
The magazine says that these are the exact reasons why US President Barack Obama or any of the latest presidential candidates are on the list.
First Washington Post praised Delhi’s Aam Admi clinics. Now Fortune applauds Delhi’s good governance esp odd-even pic.twitter.com/szfSf6Tg5H
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 24, 2016
So who has been the most inspiring, pioneering leader of them all?
Jeff Bezos of Amazon.