The yearly list of the 100 most influential people was published by TIME Magazine. The list for 2018 features some well-known and beloved figures broken down into categories like “pioneers,” “leaders,” and “icons.” There are eight exemplary and formidable South Asians among these 100.
To share their stories with the world, they have set off on a journey. From the Bangladeshi Prime Minister to the British-Muslim Mayor of London, to world-beating performers like Kumail Nanjiani and Deepika Padukone, to tech entrepreneurs like Bhavish Agarwal of Ola and Satya Nadella of Microsoft, their accomplishments have elevated them to a pedestal—and for good reason. These people are working hard and taking the initiative to advance the South Asian community in society. We are grateful for that.
Even though the fact that only 8% of this list consists of Indian people is pretty sobering, we couldn’t be more pleased to see their accomplishments being recognized in the prestigious #TIME100 list. These South Asians have been recognized, and their close friends and admirers have sent heartfelt tributes to them.
He emphasizes the basic fallacy that a society of nearly 2 billion people should be frightened. Lucky for us, we have Kumail. One thousand more are required.
It’s simple to overlook the challenges he experienced while creating one of India’s most illustrious firms when tallying his accomplishments. Bhavish has driven around the block a few times, starting Ola on his own when Indian consumer IT was still in its infancy, overcoming regulatory obstacles, and fending off foreign rivals.
People become trapped in particular markets because stereotypes are used so frequently in the entertainment industry. The greatest that Earth has to offer is Deepika. She is present to represent the entire world, not just India.
When his first child was born with brain impairment and his son’s survival depended on connected machines running Microsoft systems, attributes like empathy and reliability of operation deepened in Nadella.
“In May 2016, Londoners elected Sadiq Khan, the son of Pakistani immigrants, as their mayor, making him the first Muslim to hold that post in a major European city, at the same time when immigration worries were fueling the movement for Brexit. A few weeks after his election, I visited with him and was impressed by his ambitious program.
“Varadkar is currently in the spotlight during EU negotiations on Brexit, which might have a disastrous effect on Ireland’s peace and prosperity. A serious housing and homelessness crisis also affects him. How the youngest Taoiseach in the history of the country leads his people through these difficulties will be evaluated.
Hasina, who carried on her father’s heritage as the leader of Bangladesh’s liberation war, has never shied away from conflict. She thus agreed to take on the humanitarian task when several hundred thousand ethnic Rohingya migrants began pouring into Bangladesh in August of last year in order to flee atrocities committed by the Myanmar army.
“Every sportsperson is aware of what it’s like to have both good and bad stretches. Virat took the feedback he received after a dismal West Indies series and returned home with the intention of enhancing both his technique and level of fitness. He has never turned around.
The following three had outstanding South Asian writers who put pen to paper to explain why they were recognized.
“Diverse groups may turn on the TV and watch vibrant, humorous, utterly authentic portraits of individuals like themselves because to Waithe. And whether you’re a senator or a student, that’s empowering.
“I came to understand how passionately Meghan Markle cared for the globe somewhere between biryani, poutine, and endless chats. She is a relatable young woman with the correct heart and intellect; what you see with her is what you get.
“He’s a straight-shooting lawman who agreed to head the riskiest, least understood, and highest-stakes inquiry of our time despite having nothing to prove and a career of service behind him. We are indebted to him incalculably for that.
- 1. Kumail Nanjiani by Judd Apatow
- 2. Bhavish Aggarwal by Sachin Bansal
- 3. Deepika Padukone by Vin Diesel
- 4. Satya Nadella by Walter Isaacson
- 5. Sadiq Khan by Michael R. Bloomberg
- 6. Leo Varadkar by Philip Ryan
- 7. Sheikh Hasina by Meenakshi Ganguly
- 8. Virat Kohli by Sachin Tendulkar
- 1. Lena Waithe by Kamala Harris
- 2. Meghan Markle by Priyanka Chopra
- 3. Robert Mueller by Preet Bharara