Washington: Bollywood star Aamir Khan has been featured on one of the seven special covers of the Time magazine listing the world's 100 most influential people.

The list includes Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Delhi lawyer Vrinda Grover and California's Indian-American attorney general Kamala Harris besides teenaged Pakistani activist Malala Yousafzai and US President Barack Obama.

Like Aamir Khan, Malala Yousafzai, ‘the Pakistani schoolgirl whose advocacy for girls' rights is just beginning’ is also featured on one of the special covers. Aamir Khan, 48, the Bollywood star who wins praise from composer AR Rahman, "has been chosen for using his influence to raise social awareness in India."

"In a world of false diplomacy and evasiveness, Aamir is a straightforward man," writes Rahman noting, "He uses his gifts as a charmer to give his audience the most bitter medicine. Hypnotized, we take it without complaint. Aamir has started a movement that will help change the world in which Indians live. Jai ho!" adds the Academy Award-winning composer.

Indians who made to the Time Magazine’s cover
Mother Teresa: She was the first Indian to appear on Times Magazine’s cover in 1975. Mother Teresa again featured on the cover page in 2007
Parveen Babi: The sensuous actor was the first Bollywood star to feature on the cover of Time Magazine in 1976
Rajiv Gandhi: Former prime minister Rajiv Gandhi appeared on the Time Magazine’s cover in 1986
Sachin Tendulkar: Master blaster bagged the cover of Time Magazine twice in 1999 and 2011
Aishwarya Rai: This beauty queen graced the cover of Time Magazine in year 2003
Sonia Gandhi: Congress President Sonia Gandhi appeared on the cover in 2004
Narendra Modi: The Chief Minister of Gujarat appeared on the cover of TIME's South Asia edition in March, 2012
Manmohan Singh: The Prime Minister also featured on TIME magazine's Asia edition in July, 2012 with words "The Underachiever”
Aamir Khan: He is the first male Bollywood actor to appear on the cover of TIME magazine's Asia edition in 2012. He was also in the Time’s most influential people of 2013

 

Described as "a trusted counsellor to the ruling Congress Party's Gandhi family, Chidambaram's experience is unsurpassed", writes Time. Playing "an important role as India opened its economy" in the 1990s, "his reform record has been spotty," Time says and suggests: "To land India's top job, he needs to revive his country's economic fortunes. He may also need to adopt a more Indian style."

Delhi lawyer Vrinda Grover's "work as a human-rights lawyer and advocate for women's rights has meant that she presses down pretty hard", writes Time. "Her determination to force an often recalcitrant political and legal system to change was evident in these past few heated months, as a particularly tragic rape in Delhi brought women's rights center stage," it notes.

Kamala Harris, 48, is described as a jurist to watch by Nancy Pelosi, the first woman to serve as US Speaker of the House. "In 2010, after seven years as San Francisco district attorney, she became the first African American, first South Asian and first woman to be elected California attorney general," Pelosi writes, predicting: "As a new generation of women picks up the mantle of progress, she will always be among the first to  stand up and step forward."

 (Agencies)

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