Friday, March 25th, 2016


Narada Desk | March 25, 2016 2:10 pm Print

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal is named among the world’s 50 greatest leaders in an annual list published by Fortune Magazine. Kejriwal is the only Indian on the list topped by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos. The 47-year-old leader, Kejriwal is ranked 42nd in the list.

‘Demagoguery, pandering, even populism aren’t leadership’, the magazine describes the criteria of their list where Prime Minister Narendra Modi is not included. But Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina comes in the tenth position. The Magazine claims that the leaders we meet in the list will lift our mood and upgrade our assessment of the world’s future.

Magazine describes Kejriwal as a brave politician who risked his political career to fight pollution. ‘When Kejriwal unveiled a blueprint to tackle the smog in New Delhi—called the world’s most polluted city by the World Health Organization—many were skeptical. A key component: an “odd-even” pilot project in which vehicles were allowed on the roads only on alternate days. The uplifting result of the pilot this January: Roads were less clogged, hourly particulate air pollution concentrations dropped by 13%, and citizens could breathe deep.’  Says the Magazine.

Jeff Bezos, who tops the current list has been there on the list for last three years. The 52-year-old CEO of Amazon is an American technology entrepreneur and investor. He founded Amazon in 1994 which is one of the top e commerce companies in the World. German Chancellor Angela Merkel is the second in the list followed by Aung San Suu Kyi, Leader of the ruling party in Myanmar. Pope Francis comes fourth on the list with his progressive moves to liberalise the views of Catholic church. Pope Francis is the first Latin American pope, who made several controversies like declaring his support for LGBT community and divorced Catholics. The list includes Apple CEO Tim Cook ( 5), 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).