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Not Modi but Arvind Kejriwal to be the sole Indian to appear on Fortune’s List

Jun 13, 2018

Not Modi but Arvind Kejriwal to be the sole Indian to appear on Fortune’s List
Not Modi but Arvind Kejriwal to be the sole Indian to appear on Fortune’s List | Credit: The Hindu

Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal has achieved something that no politician in India could. Not even Indian Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi was listed in the group of leaders for transforming the lives of people and inspiring them to do the same to others. Aam Aadmi chief Mr. Arvind Kejriwal stands 42nd in the list of world's greatest leaders quoted by Fortune Magazine and is the only Indian leader to achieve this.

Fortune's third annual "World's 50 Greatest Leaders list”, topped by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has honoured men and women across the world for creating remarkable changes in various fields including business, government, philanthropy and the arts. 

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Credit: DNA India

However, there are two other half Indians who have been recognized by Fortune.South Carolina’s Indian-American Governor Nikki Haley stands 17th in the list while the 20th position is bagged by Indian-American Resham Saujani. 

The 49 year old Kejriwal has been credited for his efforts to control the pollution that has reached alarming levels in the capital of India. His innovative idea of permitting the vehicles of odd and even numbers on alternate days on the city’s roads has turned the attention of many people. The scheme has also been effective in controlling the city's huge traffic issues. 

Earlier, Delhi was remarked as world's most polluted city by world health organisation. Kejriwal tried to tackle the city's smog with his odd-even pilot move where the vehicles were prohibited on alternative days. Initially, people were sceptical about the scheme, but the results created a remarkable change in the environmental health of the city. The clogged roads appeared cleared and the concentration of dust particles in air dropped down considerably. Citizens felt easier to breathe.  

Fortune magazine felicitated Kejriwal for his odd-even move and stated, "It said leadership is not “demagoguery, pandering, even populism but is defined by people across the world. You’ve never heard of who are rallying followers to make life better in ways you never imagined.”

The magazine has referred Kejriwal and another leader of Italian town, Mr Domenico Lucano and quoted the following, "The New Delhi ‘government official’ has risked his career to fight pollution; the Italian mayor welcoming Middle East migrants to his tiny town—improving its economy and brightening their prospects”. It is notable that the mayor of Riace (Italy) stands 40th in the list.

The US based magazine was overwhelmed by the contributions by the leaders and added, “The leaders you’ll meet here, known and new, will lift your mood and upgrade your assessment of the world’s future. Some may inspire you to join their followers. And those unheard-ofs, so seemingly ordinary, may even prompt you to rethink your own potential as an inspiring leader,” Fortune said.

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Credit: News18

Bezos, who has stood first in the list this year has been on the top three times. Pope Francis holds the 4th position followed by Apple CEO Tim Cook. The inspirers on the list includes German Chancellor Angela Merkel (2), Myanmar’s pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyiat (3), US astronaut Scott Kelly and Russian cosmonaut Mikhail Kornienko (22), IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde (36), Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Co-chair and CEO Melinda Gates and Susan Desmond-Hellmann (41), Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (48) and Bhutanese Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay (50).

Saujani, the Founder and CEO of tech organization ‘Girls Who Code’, had left a powerful message for girls. Her firm aims at encouraging more women into computer science. The 40-year old former Wall Street attorney said girls should be taught to be brave rather than perfect. 

The magazine has identified another person from Bangladesh just like Kejriwal. The 68 year old Bangladesh's Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is the only female leader among the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states. Bangladesh happens to be a nation with the world’s fourth-largest Muslim population. She has contributed a lot to secure the legal protections for women and has helped desperate women to attain them.