NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and Adar Poonawalla, CEO of Serum Institute of India (SII), have been named in the TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2021.
Poonawalla was named under ‘Pioneers’ whereas Modi and Banerjee were included under the ‘Leaders’ category.
Indian-American journalist Fareed Zakaria wrote that PM Modi's approval rating went up to 71%.
About the West Bengal chief minister, journalist Barkha Dutt in her article wrote that Mamata has never been framed as someone’s wife, mother, daughter, or partner. She rose from poverty into becoming the leader of her own party. Her party won the 2021 assembly elections.
About Mr. Poonawalla, Journalist Abhishyant Kidangoor wrote that SII was already the world’s largest vaccine maker. He had promised 1.1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for the developing world by the end of 2021.
"Serum Institute has almost doubled production of COVID-19 vaccines since May and is adding newer vaccines including Novavax and Russia’s Sputnik V, to its portfolio in the coming months," wrote Kidangoor.
Manjusha P. Kulkarni is another Indian in the list. She is the executive director of the Asian Pacific Policy and Planning Council, US.
Under the category of icons, she is there with professor Russell Jeung and veteran activist Cynthia Choi.
They run an organisation named Stop AAPI Hate, which has helped create a place where Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders could file firsthand accounts of racism.