Time magazine has named Prime Minister Narendra Modi among its 100 most influential people in the world, and surprisingly US President Obama responded with a brief 166-word personal acclamation in the magazine praising PM Modi for his vision of India.
He wrote “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 and 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”.
Other leaders on the Time 100 list include German Chancellor Angela Merkel, China’s Xi JinPing, Russia’s Vladimir Putin, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, besides Obama himself, whose jacket notes were written by Joe Klein. Hillary Clinton and her potential Presidential race rival Jeb Bush also made the list.
Others of Indian origin on the Time 100 list include ICICI’s Chanda Kochar, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella and mental health champion Vikram Patel.