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Narendra Modi, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sundar Pichai, Bilkis,and Ravindra Gupta are the Indians on the TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2020

Narendra Modi, Ayushmann Khurrana, Sundar Pichai, Bilkis,and Ravindra Gupta are the Indians on the TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2020
  • The TIME magazine has released a list of 100 pioneers, leaders, titans, artists, and icons who marked their impact on people this year.
  • This year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana and Professor Ravindra Gupta are among TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2020.
  • Check the latest news and updates on Business Insider India.
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The TIME magazine has released a list of 100 pioneers, leaders, titans, artists, and icons who marked their impact on people this year. This year, India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, the 'dadi from Shaheen Bhagh' Bilkis, Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai and Professor Ravindra Gupta are among TIME’s 100 most influential people of 2020.

TIME has also listed Chinese Premier Xi Jinping, American physician Dr. Anthony Fauci, NASA Astronaut Christina Koch and Jessica Meir, among others.

​Narendra Modi

​Narendra Modi
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The 70-year-old Indian Prime Minister has won the elections with majority votes for two times in a row. He has been known to take some of the most difficult and controversial decisions — from scrapping the currency notes to abrogating the law that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Recently, his government was under fire for introducing a new citizenship law that critics believe discriminates against Muslims.


“Though almost all of India’s Prime Ministers have come from the nearly 80% of the population that is Hindu, only Modi has governed as if no one else matters,” TIME’s editor, Karl Vick wrote.
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Bilkis – the ‘dadi from Shaheen Bagh’

Bilkis – the ‘dadi from Shaheen Bagh’
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82-year old Bilkis — is now one of Times 100 most influential people in the world. Bilkis became one of the prominent faces of the protest for her sheer resistance despite her age. She was one among the many women who would walk from their houses in the nearby localities and sit in protest all day into the night at Shaheen Bagh.

“Bilkis deserves recognition so the world acknowledges the power of resistance against tyranny”, says the Times piece by journalist Rana Ayyub.

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Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana
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Ayushmann Khurrana, who started his career with a popular reality show Roadies, has been lauded for featuring in films that break the stereotype of masculinity. He gained much attention for his first movie, where he played the role of a sperm donor. His role in the satirical film Bala addressed the problems of a young man struggling from premature balding. Recently, he played the role of a gay partner in Indian society in romcom Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan.


“The reason you and I talk about him today is because of the impact he has been able to create through memorable films and iconic characters. Where male protagonist roles often fall into the trap of stereotypical masculinity, Ayushmann has successfully and convincingly transformed into characters who challenge those very stereotypes,” Bollywood actor Deepika Padukon wrote in the magazine.

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Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
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Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai is among TIME's 100 most influential people. He became the CEO of Google, one of most valued tech company in the world, at the age of 42.

"Sundar Pichai’s uniquely American story—emigrating from India as a young adult and working his way to become CEO of a $1 trillion corporation—represents the best of what we aspire 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 successful 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.

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​Ravindra Gupta

​Ravindra Gupta
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Last year in March, a UK patient walked free of Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) because of a study led by Professor Ravindra Gupta. The ‘London patient’ was the second on the planet to be cured of HIV.

In the same year, the University of Cambridge appointed him as the professor of clinical microbiology at the Cambridge Institute of Therapeutic Immunology and Infectious Disease.

“Through the years, our partnership has developed and strengthened as Gupta has shared his knowledge and his enthusiasm to find a feasible cure for everyone. He has championed me and empowered me to become an ambassador of hope to millions of people living with HIV around the world,” Adam Castillejo, the second person who was ever cured of HIV, wrote in the magazine.

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