DESPITE his political opponents demanding scalp, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been clubbed with Microsoft’s Indian-born CEO Satya Nadella, US President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin,Chinese President Xi Jinping and other celebrities as the contenders for Time magazine’s Tag for impacting the contemporary world in 2018. The Time’s annual list comprising 100 eminent persons features world’s most significant artists, leaders, scientists, activists and entrepreneurs. Before The editors at Time make the final judgment on who makes the list, the publication has asked readers to vote online for the persons who in their eyes are this year’s most influential personalities. Modi is annually featured among the most influential people by the reputable news magazine.
He was named by the Time editors among the 100 most influential people in the world in 2015, with former US President Barack Obama writing a profile for him for the magazine.Amomg others in the list this year are North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, Pakistani-American actor Kumail Nanjiani, Trump’s daughter Ivanka Trump, son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Amazon chief Jeff Bezos, members of the British Royal family, Prince William and his wife Duchess of Cambridge Catherine, Prince Henry and his fiancee Meghan Markle, and former President of the US Barack Obama, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Pope Francis, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, French President Emmanuel Macron, Uber CEO Dara Khosrowshahi, Founder of the #MeToo movement Tarana Burke, actor Dwayne Johnson, Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia Mohammed bin Salman, CEO of Tesla and SpaceX Elon Musk, Special counsel Robert Mueller, Apple CEO Tim Cook, Former FBI Director James Comey, and President of South Korea Moon Jae-in. The authorities based in New York claim that the 95 –year-old Time has the world’s largest circulation for a weekly news magazine. The print edition has a readership of 26 million 20 million of which are based in the United States .In 2016, its circulation was 3,032,581 having fallen from 3.3 million in 2012. In October 2017, it lowered its rate base to 2 million.
In the picture above, Governor of the State of Texas, USA, Mr. Greg Abbott, seen speaking to PM Modi in New Delhi .Courtsey PIB.