Washington DC: In a sign of warm personal friendship, US President Barack Obama has written a profile for Prime Minister Narendra Modi for Time magazine as it named the Indian leader among the 100 most influential people in the world. PM Modi is featured in the ‘Leaders’ category in the list.
In the profile titled ‘India’s reformer-in-chief’, Obama has described Modi’s life story “from poverty to Prime Minister” as one that reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.
“Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story—from poverty to Prime Minister—reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise,” Obama said.
“Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change.
“Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern—a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a ‘digital India’,” the US President wrote.
Obama recalled Modi’s visit to Washington last year when both the leaders visited the memorial to Dr Martin Luther King Junior, an American civil rights activist.
“We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect. Prime Minister Modi recognises that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world,” Obama said.
PM Narendra Modi thanked US President Barack Obama on Twitter for the profile.
Modi however garnered just 0.6 % of the votes cast, with only 34 % of the people voting in his favour and 66 % against. Kejriwal got 0.5 %, with 71 % voters saying he should not be in the list. BJP President Amit Shah was also on the initial list but failed to garner enough votes to make it to the top 100.
More than half of the votes 57.38 % were cast within the US. Canada and the UK followed with 5.54 % and 4.55 % respectively.
Apart from Modi, ICICI Chief Chanda Kochchar and Vikram Patel, co-founder of the NGO Sangath and the Centre for Global Mental Health at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, have also been named to the annual list of the most influential people in the world “who are shaping the future.” Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party Chief Arvind Kejriwal too has been ranked in the list.
Profiles on Ruha Ghani by author Khalid Hosseini, Barack Obama by Vladimir Putin by political expert Ian Bremmer, American academic Elizabeth Warren by politician Hillary Clinton also feature among others. Other political leaders on the list are Angela Merkel, Jorge Ramos, King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud and Xi Jinping.
In the ‘Titans’ section, couple Kanye West and Kim Kardashian, Satya Nadella and co-founder of LinkedIn Reid Hoffman. Founder of Feminist Frequency Anita Sarkeesian, Emma Watson, Reese Witherspoon feature on the ‘Pioneers’ list among others.
In the ‘Icons’ section, Malala Yousafzai has a profile on her written by another child rights activist from Syria, Mezon Almellehan. Pope Francis features too on the ‘Icons’ list whose profile has been written by Desmond Tutu.
Also read: Narendra Modi, Arvind Kejriwal among 100 most influential people: Time’s poll
(With agency inputs)