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Satya Nadella, Ajay Banga to Alia Bhatt: 8 Indian-origin people on TIME's ‘100 most influential list’. Check here

Ajay Banga, Alia Bhatt, Satya Nadella, Sakshi Malik, and Dev Patel are recognized by Time for their influence globally. The profiles highlight their achievements and contributions to their respective fields.

File - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) (AP)Premium
File - Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella. (AP Photo/Noah Berger, File) (AP)

World Bank President Ajay Banga, Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt, Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella, Olympic wrestler Sakshi Malik, and actor-director Dev Patel are among the notable Indians featured in the prestigious Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people in the world on Wednesday.

Time’s ‘100 Most Influential People of 2024’ also includes US Department of Energy’s Loan Programmes Office director Jigar Shah, Professor of Astronomy and Professor of Physics at Yale University Priyamvada Natarajan; Indian-origin restaurateur Asma Khan.

Time’s profile of the former Mastercard CEO, written by US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, said, “It’s not easy to find a leader with the skill and drive to take on the monumental task of transforming an essential institution, but since becoming World Bank president last June, Ajay Banga has done just that." 

She said Banga comes to the World Bank after leading a global organisation through which he brought millions of unbanked people into the digital economy. 

Describing Alia Bhatt as a “formidable talent", director, producer and writer Tom Harper said in the Time profile that she is “not only one of the world’s leading actors, admired for her work in the Indian film industry for over a decade — she is also a businesswoman and a philanthropist who leads with integrity".

Also Read: Deepika Padukone speaks to TIME magazine, opens up on political backlash against her in India

On Nadella, Time said he is “profoundly influential in shaping our future. And that’s a good thing for humanity". 

“Microsoft’s significant investment in OpenAI and partnership with Mistral AI puts him at the forefront of the artificial intelligence revolution. A technologist with heart, Satya sees AI as a tool that will empower humans. Still, there’s rightful concern about unintended consequences and misuse. That’s why it’s so reassuring that Satya is one of AI’s stewards. His thoughtfulness and humility should make us safer," it said.

Also Read: In the age of AI, this is what Satya Nadella wants you to know

On Sakshi Malik, Oscar-nominated documentary filmmaker Nisha Pahuja writes that she was among India’s “most celebrated wrestlers" who had gathered at Jantar Mantar in Delhi in early 2023 to demand the immediate arrest and resignation of chief of the Wrestling Federation of India Brij Bhushan Singh, accused of sexually harassing female athletes.

“What began as a small, targeted protest to demand decisive government action in favour of the wrestlers ballooned instead into a yearlong battle unprecedented in Indian sport, drawing support from across the country and attention from across the world," Pahuja writes in her profile of Malik for Time.

“Shortly after Singh’s successor, a close ally and business partner, was elected to oversee the Wrestling Federation of India, Sakshi Malik — in an emotional, public, and very brave act of defiance — quit the sport. She did not, however, quit the battle. Her light, and the light of all those standing against harassment, continues to shine," Pahuja said.

Also Read: 'Remained silent': Sakshi Malik attacks PT Usha, Mary Kom for not supporing women wrestlers in sexual harassment case

Asma Khan, an Indian-born British restaurateur and cookbook author, is the driving force behind the renowned London restaurant, Darjeeling Express. The eatery has gained acclaim for its unique feature: an all-female kitchen.

“Asma’s food is surprising. It doesn’t taste like restaurant food—and that is the highest compliment," wrote Padma Lakshmi for Time.

On Patel, the Time profile by Oscar-winning actor Daniel Kaluuya said that he “radiates goodness. His humanity shines through every time he graces the screen, leaving you no choice but to root for him even when his character is doing something foul; his presence makes you understand where he’s coming from".

Patel made his directorial debut with ‘Monkey Man’. “Dev sets the pace. He’s limitless. He’s fearless. Our responsibility as a generation is to go into familiar spaces and see them through new perspectives, thus creating, finding, and sharing a space that has never been touched before. He has that gift. He continues to surpass himself and surprise us, and we are all waiting for where he’ll take us next," it said.

Shep Doeleman, an astrophysicist and the founding director of the Event Horizon Telescope, wrote in the profile for Natarajan that a novel approach developed years ago by her “brought us closer to understanding a basic mystery in astronomy: How do the supermassive black holes that lurk at the centres of most galaxies form?"

“Priya has a knack for pursuing the most creative research, and as a fellow astronomer, I am always inspired by her work. Her latest result takes us one step closer to understanding our cosmic beginnings," Doeleman said.

(With inputs from agencies)

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Published: 17 Apr 2024, 08:06 PM IST
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