TIME magazine has rated PM Modi as among the most influential people on the Internet.
The magazine described the prime minister as an “Internet star” who often uses social media to “conduct diplomacy”.
To prepare the list, TIME said it looked at the contenders’ global impact on social media and their overall ability to drive news.
The magazine cited Modi’s unconventional announcement on Twitter of his visit to Pakistan last year while naming him among ‘The 30 Most Influential People on the Internet’ for the second year in a row in this year’s unranked list.
The list includes US presidential hopeful Donald Trump, reality TV star Kim Kardashian and her husband Kayne West, author J K Rowling, former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner and soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo.
PM Modi has over 18 million Twitter followers and over 32 million Facebook likes. It also cited Modi’s use of social media to break news and conduct diplomacy.
“And unlike some of his contemporaries, he often uses social media to break news and conduct diplomacy. On Christmas Day, for example, Modi tweeted that he would visit the Pakistani city of Lahore to wish Nawaz Sharif, the leader of India’s chief regional rival, a happy 66th birthday,” Time said.
Last year, Modi was named by TIME among the 100 most influential people in the world in its annual list, with US President Barack Obama penning a flattering profile of him.
Despite facing controversies that dogged less than 22-month-old BJP government, PM Modi’s approval ratings also remain rock-solid.