From Adolf Hitler in 1938 to Donald Trump in 2016, the magazine has drawn flak from several quarters of its choice of the influential persons, which has often remained controversial, sparking public outrage.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi received criticism for threatening democracy, another Indian on the list was a curious addition to his unwavering protest against the controversial citizenship change law. Bilkis, one of the “Dadis” who became the face of Shaheen Bagh’s historic protest against the CAA and NRC, also found a place on the Times list of “100 Most Influential People.
The profile of Bilkis in the Time magazine list, written by journalist and writer Rana Ayyub, says she “became the voice of the marginalized in India”. Twitter users called for boycotting the magazine alleging that it was listing someone “Who prompted riots” in the list of “World’s Most Influential People in 2020”.