Bhubaneswar: TIME magazine’s choice for Person of the Year/Most Influential Person of The Year has often remained controversial, sparking public outrage.
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.
While Prime Minister Narendra Modi received criticism for threatening democracy, another Indian on the list was a curious addition for her unwavering protest against contentious Citizenship Amendment Act. Bilkis, one of the ‘dadis’ (grandmothers) who became the face of the historic Shaheen Bagh protest against the CAA and NRC, has also found a place in the Times ‘100 Most Influential People’ list.
It is pretty much evident that TIME picks person or thing that have had the greatest impact on the news, for good or bad.
The profile of Bilkis in the TIME magazine list is written by journalist and writer Rana Ayyub while, PM Modi’s piece is by Time correspondent Karl Vick.
However, Twitterati took to the microblogging site trending #BoycottTIME and criticized the dexion to feature Bilkis in the magazine among the ‘100 Most Influential People’. Here are some of the tweets:
#TIMEMagazine is the mouthpiece of Communist and liberals and good for nothing.
Just ignore it.#BoycottTIME
— khemchand sharma #IStandWithFarmersBill (@SharmaKhemchand) September 23, 2020
— मनोज (कर्ण) (@ManojKarna10) September 23, 2020
— Pradeep K Srivastava (@Pradeepcdri) September 23, 2020
Shaheen bagh protestors was named as TIMES 100 most influential person.
Bhakt must boycott Times Now and Navika.#BoycottTIME
— WhatsApp University (@ianonymousta) September 23, 2020
— Subodh Sharma (@iSubodhSharma) September 23, 2020
Isn't the activism overrated in today's world to the point it has become a joke?
Would like to have a complete history of this lady Bilkis to know why is she influential. Pretty sure nobody in India knows her except a handful of 'the gang' #BoycottTIME
— indian_in_swisss (@indian_in_swiss) September 23, 2020
Man Pleads but shaheen bagh protestors don't let an ambulance pass?..
So Now Awards nd name in the magazine will be decided on How far jihadis can go for occupation nd cruelity? ..
Bap ka road hai kya? pic.twitter.com/OwAjl7QWoV
— Sanyukta Agarwal (@SanyuktaAgarwa9) September 23, 2020
— प्रवीण चौहान 🚩 40k (@ChauhanSaabPC) September 23, 2020
— Roshan singh (@Roshans82660478) September 23, 2020
MAY 10 2019
TIME MAGAZINE COVER STORY SAYS MODI IS INDIA DIVIDER IN CHIEF.
MAY 19 2019
TIME MAGAZINE NOW SAYS MODI UNITED INDIA.
Only double face Jihadi/ commies can go gagga nd believe on Such TIMES claims of honouring Jihadi saheen bagh protest.
GET WELL SOON pic.twitter.com/As0t4IMDZA
— Kritika dwivedi (@Kritikadwived18) September 23, 2020
— Amit Sharma (@AmitsharmaGRENO) September 23, 2020
Radical jehadi injures own hand while throwing petrol bombs at cops.
Radical jehadi caught on cam while burning DTC bus.
For TIME like liberal magazine, This is peacefull protest , where jihadis BOMBing nd burning public property pic.twitter.com/zjDBja6Nyc
— Nimrata Rai (@KaurNimrata) September 23, 2020
PM Modi has been a recurring name on the Time Magazine’s ‘100 Most Influential People’ list and has appeared four times on the list since coming to power in 2014. His name has appeared on the list in 2014, 2015, 2017 and 2020.