A list of 100 pioneers, leaders, titans, musicians, and celebrities who have marked their influence on people this year has been published by TIME magazine. India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood star Ayushmann Khurrana, Shaheen Bhagh’s ‘dadi’ Bilkis, Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, and Professor Ravindra Gupta are among TIME’s 100 most influential people in 2020.
Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, American physician Dr. Anthony Fauci, NASA astronaut Christina Koch, and Jessica Meir have also been named by TIME, among others.
Let’s look at the Indians who made to the list.
The 70-year-old Indian Prime Minister has won the election twice in a row with a majority votes and is known for his global leadership and popularity.
Ayushmann Khurrana, who began his career with a successful Roadies reality show, has been praised for featuring in films that crack the masculinity stereotype. His first film, where he played the role of a sperm donor, attracted a lot of attention. His position in Bala’s satirical film dealt with the problems of a young man dealing with premature baldness. Recently, in Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan, he played the role of a gay partner in Indian society.
The reason you and I are talking about him today is that he was able to make an impression through unforgettable films and iconic characters. Ayushmann has effectively and convincingly transformed into characters that challenge those very stereotypes, where male protagonist roles frequently slip into the pit of stereotypical masculinity, ”Bollywood actor Deepika Padukon wrote in the magazine.
Sundar Pichai, CEO of Alphabet and Google, is among TIME’s 100 most influential individuals. At the age of 42, he became the CEO of Google, one of the world’s most valued tech firms.
The unique American story of Sundar Pichai, who emigrated from India as a young adult and worked to become CEO of a $1 trillion company, represents the best of what we want for our society. He used his natural gifts and strong work ethic to rise through the ranks of Google (now Alphabet) by leading many of their most popular products, such as Drive, Gmail, and Maps, and officially took the reins of the company in December,” CEO of JP Morgan Jamie Dimon wrote in the TIME magazine.
A UK patient walked free of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus ( HIV) in March last year due to a study led by Professor Ravindra Gupta. The ‘London survivor’ was the second HIV survivor on the planet to be cured.
In the same year, he was named professor of clinical microbiology by the University of Cambridge at the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease.
Over the years, as Gupta shared his expertise and his passion to find a viable cure for everyone, our relationship has grown and strengthened. “Adam Castillejo, the second person ever cured of HIV, wrote in the magazine,” He has championed me and inspired me to become an ambassador of hope to millions of people living with HIV around the world.