Two globally accepted power-lists, published by Time and Fortune, two highly influential magazines, both from the stable of same media house – ‘Time 100: The 100 Most Influential People’ and ‘Fortune’s World’s Greatest Leaders’ – have one thing in common this year – and it will lead to many headlines and analyses, not only in India – but even in the international media.
Narendra Modi is absent from both of them – while he featured on both of them last year.
What does it tell?
We are bound to see debates and discourses on this prospect.
‘Time 100 Most Influential People 2016′ that came out today is the 2nd list of the year after Fortune’s List of ’50 World’s Greatest Leaders’ which came out last month and featured Arvind Kejriwal, and since then Arvind Kejriwal and Aam Aadmi Party are busy taking credit for a successful first year in governance, including the much controversial ‘Odd-Even’ scheme of traffic rotation.
In 2015, Narendra Modi was featured in ‘Time 100 Most Influential People 2015’ list under ‘Time 100 Leaders’ category and Barack Obama had written a piece on him titled ‘India’s Reformer-In-Chief’.
This year, in 2016, though there are six Indians in the list, including Raghuram Rajan, a globally renowned economist and RBI chief, who is certainly not on the best terms with the NDA government, there is no Narendra Modi. Other Indians include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, Flipkart founders Sachin Bansal and Binny Bansal, actress Priyanka Chopra and tennis player Sania Mirza.
His absence becomes more noticeable because the important names from the last year’s list, i.e., Barack Obama, Vladimir Putin, Xi Jinping, Hillary Clinton, and Angela Merkel, are there in this year’s list as well.
Fortune’s ‘World’s 50 Greatest Leaders’ list came out last month. It was topped by Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos. Amazon’s is the pioneer and the world’s biggest retailer of the e-commerce segment and is poised to the take top spot in India. Delhi’s chief minister and Narendra Modi’s arch-rival Arvind Kejriwal is the only Indian to feature in the list (ranked at 42).
That is not a big deal but it becomes important when we see that Narendra Modi was featured at quite high on this list in 2015 – at 6th spot. Okay, even Barack Obama is not there. But then, he was not there even last year. So, it many depend on the criteria for short-listing used by the magazine. But again, there are many from the last year’s list who feature in the list this year as well.
Narendra Modi’s political adversaries would certainly exploit this as a fodder to munch, a trend of prime minister’s waning popularity. And it couldn’t have come at a worst time than this – today, when the Uttarakhand High Court dealt a body blow to the BJP led Union Government by setting aside the President’s Rule in Uttarakhand – using some tough and acidic remarks for the Union Government for sabotaging democratic norms – a historic decision that every democratic soul would love to see ratified by the Supreme Court when the Centre approaches there.
©/IPR: Santosh Chaubey – https://santoshchaubey.wordpress.com/