The TIMES 100 Most Influential People List Includes Some Big Names From India

The TIMES 100 is a list that people around the world look out for. Highlighting some of the world’s leading professionals, sportspeople, entertainers and everything in between, a spot on the list is a coveted position and this year is no exception.

This years list is revolutionary in so many ways. It’s the list that featured the most women so far – 45. It’s even one of the youngest they’ve done with over 40 people under the age of 40. Definitely a list that fits the changing ideas of how the world truly perceives success and influence.

Beyond entertainers and icons, the list features people like Tana Burke, one of the women who are behind the MeToo movement. Or the Parkland Shooting survivors who are haven’t just challenged America, but the world around them, demanding all of us to do better.

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But for us over at home, there are 3 inclusions on the list we’re pretty happy to see. Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli and Bhavish Aggarwal, founder of Ola.

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TIMES invited guest contributors, people at the top of their field to write the features for each entry on the list. Each one a powerful letter indication the kind of contributions the TIMES 100 have made in the previous year. Sachin Tendulkar, for example, paid a beautiful tribute to Virat Kohli,

“The U-19 World Cup in 2008 was very important for India, as it would define the next bunch of youngsters who would go on to represent the nation. That was the first time I watched this young, passionate player lead India. Today Virat Kohli is a household name and a champion in cricket. Even back then, his hunger for runs and consistency was remarkable, something that has become the hallmark of his game.”

Bhavish Aggarwal received glowing praise from Sachin Bhansal, founder of Flipkart.

 “he co-founded Ola, one of the world’s largest ride-sharing companies, scaled it to more than 100 Indian cities, empowered millions of driver-partners and commuters, and is a flag bearer for India’s consumer-tech ecosystem—all by the age of 32.”

 Another major inclusion is Satya Nadella, the Indian-born CEO of Microsoft.

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