Reliance Chairman Mukesh Ambani, public interest lawyer Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy who made a historic battle for LGBTQ rights in India possible are among the Indians who have made it to the TIME magazine prestigious list of 100 most influential people in the world.
The prestigious list was released on Wednesday and it named the world’s most influential; pioneers, leaders, titans, artists, and icons of the year.
The ones included in the influential list are Indian-American comedian and TV host Hasan Minhaj, US President Donald Trump, Pope Francis, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, iconic golfer Tiger Woods and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
Anand Mahindra, chairman of Mahindra Group wrote the TIME 100 profile for Mukesh Ambani. He cited his father’s vision and wrote “But Ambani’s vision is now even more ambitious than that of the father whose blessings he unfailingly invokes at the launch of each initiative,” Mahindra wrote adding that the scale of his Reliance Jio mobile-data network, which has already connected over 280 million people in India with low-cost 4G, is “impressive by any standard.”
Mahindra also cited Ambani’s promise in 2003 by recalling an advertisement tagline that his company would ‘put the world in the palm of your hand.” He said by saying the tagline “It won’t be long before he delivers on that promise.”
Also, the profile of the others who made it to the list was also written. Public interest lawyer Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy’s profile was written by actress Priyanka Chopra. She wrote “Arundhati and Menaka have helped take a giant step for LGBTQ+ rights in the world’s largest democracy. In their committed fight for justice, they have shown us that we as a society must continue to make progress, even after laws are changed, and that we must make an effort to understand, accept and love.”
Also, the profile of Indian-American comedian and TV host Hasan Minhaj was written by a host of The Daily Show Trevor Noah. The list also includes US Open winner Naomi Osaka, actor Mahershala Ali, Oscar-winning actor Rami Malek, former first lady Michelle Obama, South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa, Oscar-winning singer and actor Lady Gaga, Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Mohamed bin Zayed, Special counsel Robert Mueller, and Speaker Nancy Pelosi.