CM Mamata Banerjee and PM Modi among 100 most influential people of 2021

News Desk: West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee and prime minister Narendra Modi have been named in the TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people of 2021′.

Barkha Dutt on West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee

Journalist Barkha Dutt wrote about West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee said “Mamata Banerjee, in her signature white sari paired with rubber flip-flops, has become the face of fierceness in Indian politics. She doesn’t lead her party, the Trinamool Congress — she is the party. The street-fighter spirit and self-made life in a patriarchal culture set her apart”

“Unlike many other women in Indian politics, Mamata has never been framed as someone’s wife, mother, daughter or partner. She rose from abject poverty—working once as a stenographer and a milk-booth vendor to support her family” she added.

Fareed Zakaria on Prime Minister Narendra Modi

On PM Modi, journalist Fareed Zakaria wrote “Narendra Modi is one of the three pivotal leaders India has had since Independence, after Jawaharlal Nehru and Indira Gandhi. He is the third, dominating the country’s politics like no one since then”

He also wrote “Despite mishandling COVID-19—the death toll has been estimated to be much higher than the official count—his approval rating has slipped to a still sky-high 71%”