Mukesh Ambani, Section 377 lawyers Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy make it to Time100 list
Business tycoon and Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and lawyers Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy, who quashed Section 377, are the most influential Indians in the world, featured on 'Time100' list of 'most influential people in the world' in 2019.
It also includes Indian-American comedian and TV host Hasan Minhaj, US President Donald Trump, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, and Facebook Founder-CEO Mark Zuckerberg.
For Mukesh Ambani, Mahindra Group's Chairman Anand Mahindra wrote about Dhirubhai Ambani, how he was a visionary in Indian business. He adds that his son's (Mukesh) vision is now even more ambitious than that of the father whose blessings he unfailingly invokes at the launch of each initiative.
He goes on to write, the scale of his Reliance Jio mobile-data network, which has already connected over 280 million people in India with low-cost 4G, is impressive by any standard, adding,
"But what is truly jaw-dropping is the way it will allow Reliance to potentially dominate a staggering array of new businesses. When its enormous retail division is married to the Jio network for ecommerce, it will give Amazon a run for its money. When the media entities Ambani owns begin leveraging Jio, he could create India’s default entertainment destination. The mind boggles at the possibilities."
The blurb for Arundhati and Menaka is written by none other than actress Priyanka Chopra, who commended the two ladies for decriminalising homosexuality, quashing 157-year-old Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.
Chopra writes that the LGBTQIA+ community has battled on both legal and social fronts for decades - for their fundamental rights, privacy, dignity, safety, and love, adding,
"Arundhati and Menaka have helped take a giant step for LGBTQ+ rights in the world’s largest democracy. In their committed fight for justice, they have shown us that we as a society must continue to make progress, even after laws are changed, and that we must make an effort to understand, accept and love."