This Article is From Sep 23, 2020

PM Modi, Shaheen Bagh Dadi On TIME's "Most Influential People of 2020"

Ayushmann Khurrana too has been featured on TIME magazine's list of "Most Influential People of 2020". The others featured on the list include Donald Trump, Sundar Pichai, Kamala Harris and Xi Jinping.

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi, an 82-year-old woman who became the face of the Shaheen Bagh protests in Delhi and actor Ayshmann Khurrana are among those on TIME magazine's list of 100 "Most Influential People of 2020".

The annual list features pioneers, artists, titans, leaders and icons from around the "who have had the most impact this year".

While PM Modi is listed in the "Leaders" category, Bilkis, a.k.a "Dadi of Shaheen Bagh", has been featured under "Icons".

The Prime Minister, who turned 70 this year, was last featured on the annual TIME magazine list in 2017.

Delhi's Shaheen Bagh became the heart of protests against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act or CAA as hundreds of people - mostly women - braved Delhi's winter for over 100 days and sat on the road in protest.

Bilkis is among those better known as the 'Dadis (Grandmothers) of Shaheen Bagh' and had led the protests from the front, shedding the comfort of their homes. The elderly women were accorded a prominent space in the front row on each day of the protests.

The profile of Bilkis in the TIME magazine list, written by journalist and writer Rana Ayyub, says she "became the voice of the marginalized in India".

"With prayer beads in one hand and the national flag in the other, Bilkis became the voice of the marginalized in India, an 82-year-old who would sit at a protest site from 8 a.m. to midnight (sic)," it says.

"Look at the protest where we are. It is not that only Muslims are protesting. Come and see how many people are distributing food. They are from all religions. Someone is giving us bananas, some giving us juice and biscuits," Bilkis had told NDTV in January.

The others featured on the magazine's list include Google CEO Sundar Pichai, US President Donald Trump, Democratic vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Professor Ravindra Gupta.