Time Magazine has named Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi among the 30 Most Influential People on the Internet, with inclusion of other social media heavyweights, counting reality star Kim Kardashian, former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner and United States presidential candidate Donald Trump.
The magazine called Modi an “internet star” who “uses social media to break news and conduct diplomacy”. The magazine quotes the example of Modi’s ‘surprise’ visit to Lahore on the occasion of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s birthday and the wedding of Nawaz’s granddaughter.
‘The leader of the world’s largest democracy is also an Internet star, boasting more than 18 million Twitter followers and over 32 million Facebook likes. And unlike some of his contemporaries, he often uses social media to break news and conduct diplomacy. On Christmas Day, for example, Modi tweeted that he would visit the Pakistani city of Lahore to wish Nawaz Sharif, the leader of India’s chief regional rival, a happy 66th birthday. On Feb. 12, he also wished a happy birthday to Afghanistan’s Ashraf Ghani. That tweet made headlines for the wrong reasons, though: the Afghan President replied with his thanks, and a polite note that he was actually born on May. 19’ Times Magazine
Time Magazine stated that the Indian PM made headlines for the wrong reason when he wished Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, happy birthday on Feb 12. “The Afghan president replied with his thanks and a polite note that he was actually born on May 19.”
Additional celebrities included on the list comprise of world famous author J.K. Rowling, musician Kanye West and football star Cristiano Ronaldo.
His name came following the news that Madame Tussauds Museum will commemorate the Indian PM statue in wax.
Modi will be highlighted together with other prominent world leaders in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.
The museum stated Modi as a “hugely important figure in world politics” who has a “massive social media presence”. It was also stated by the staff of the museum that Modi had given the museum’s team of artists and experts a sitting at his residence in New Delhi earlier this year.