Mysore, May 23 (JP)- The Time Magazine (May 10, 2010) has, as usual, come up with its annual "100 Most Influential People in the World" issue. As usual, there are many surprises and there are a few Indians included in the list.

there are four categories: global leaders, heroes, artists and thinkers, all of whom have the 'power to influence.'

Among the Indians featured, we have our Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh. He has been profiled by 'power woman' Indra Nooyi, PepsiCo's CEO who calls our Prime Minister, "The Quiet Engine of India's Progress." Nooyi quotes Albert Einstein who said, 'Try not to become a man of success but rather try to become a man of value,' which in fact our Prime Minister really is.

The next Indian to be featured is an unlikely one. Chetan Bhagat has upset the applecart of intelligentsia by becoming India's best selling paperback writer whose most recent book Five Point Someone (the inspiration for film 3 Idiots) crossed the five million mark. Oscar and Grammy winner A.R. Rahman who profiles Chetan Bhagat, says, "He writes about following your dreams and not bowing to others expectations."

Then in the 'thinker' category there is Nobel Laureate in Economics, Amartya Sen, who is profiled by eminent Harvard historian Niall Ferguson, who calls him 'The Philosopher of Human Development.' Indeed by virtue of his other books right down to his receiving the Nobel Prize for economics, he indubitably deserves the appellation 'Thinker.'

There is yet another Indian Sanjit Roy better known as "Bunker" Roy who over the years nurtured a grassroots social entrepreneurship to fight poverty. A top IAS officer who quit the confines of the Ivory tower, Bunker as his friends at St. Stephen’s called him, set up the 'Barefoot College' which has trained more than three million professionals for jobs in the modern world.

Coming to heroes, Time presents us with yet another unlikely person. He is like the Karnataka eye operation expert of the past, Dr. M.C. Modi and it is P. Namperumalswamy who has been restoring sight to India's blind. He has an army of cataract fixers at Aravind Eye Care Hospitals which was founded in Chennai in 1976. It appears that 3.6 million surgeries were conducted by this hero.

Another hero can be easily anticipated. Sachin Tendulkar has broken every possible record in cricket and is set to break even more. At 37, Sachin's achievement are mind-boggling. Sachin is profiled by Wellness Guru Deepak Chopra as: "Sports heroes like Tendulkar stand for national dignity."

Then we have biotech Czarina Kiran Majumdar Shaw, who is on a mission to locally and globally find a cure for cancer. Says profiler Lance Armstrong, one of the greatest cyclists and a cancer survivor himself, "The Majumdar Shaw Cancer Centre, when it opens this year, will treat poor patients for free in the evenings so they can continue to work and care for their families during the day."

Courtesy : Star Of Mysore