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In an unprecedented gesture that seals the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi as a global statesman, US President Barack Obama on Thursday wrote a piece for the prestigious Time magazine calling him India's "reformer-in-chief".

The 166-word piece, written as part of the Time magazine's annual ritual of coming out with its list of 100 Most Influential People, says, "Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story — from poverty to Prime Minister — reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise."

"Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change," Obama says.

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In the article, the US President also talks about Modi's historic trip to the US. Photo: ReutersObama also talks about Modi's historic trip to the US in September last year. "When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect," the American leader wrote.




In January this year, Obama became the first US President to be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade in New Delhi, a visit that was marked by bonding and bonhomie between the two leaders. PM Modi is currently in neighbouring Canada, the last leg of his 11-day trip to three countries, France and Germany being the other two.

Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal are the only Indians in the Time's list, which is currently being topped by Russian President Vladimir Putin.






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Barack Obama writes about PM Modi in TIME magazine, calls him 'India’s reformer-in-chief'
By Manisha Singh | Last Updated: Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 18:07
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Zee Media Bureau/Manisha Singh

Delhi: US president Barack Obama has written about Narendra Modi in TIME magazine, talking about his rise in politics from a tea seller to India's Prime Minister.




Obama has also lauded Modi's vision of taking India on the path of growth and plans to elevate millions from clutches of poverty among other things.

Following is the text published in the magazine:

As a boy, Narendra Modi helped his father sell tea to support their family. Today, he’s the leader of the world’s largest democracy, and his life story - from poverty to Prime Minister—reflects the dynamism and potential of India’s rise.

Determined to help more Indians follow in his path, he’s laid out an ambitious vision to reduce extreme poverty, improve education, empower women and girls and unleash India’s true economic potential while confronting climate change. Like India, he transcends the ancient and the modern - a devotee of yoga who connects with Indian citizens on Twitter and imagines a 'digital India'.

When he came to Washington, Narendra and I visited the memorial to Dr Martin Luther King Jr, we reflected on the teachings of King and Gandhi and how the diversity of backgrounds and faiths in our countries is a strength we have to protect. Prime Minister Modi recognizes that more than 1 billion Indians living and succeeding together can be an inspiring model for the world.

PM Modi was recently voted among the 100 most influential people in the world in an online poll by readers of Time magazine.

PM Modi also tweeted about Obama's write-up in the magazine and thanked the US President for 'touching and inspiring' words.

India’s Prime Minister@narendramodi “transcends the ancient and the modern,” writes President @BarackObama#TIME100 Narendra Modi by Barack Obama: TIME 100

— TIME.com (@Time) April 16, 2015

Dear @BarackObama your words are touching & inspiring. Thanks@TIME. Narendra Modi by Barack Obama: TIME 100

— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi)April 16, 2015

Syed Akbaruddin, official spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, too tweeted about it saying: "A leader writes about another. President Barack Obama writes about PM Modi."

A leader writes about another. Prez@BarackObama writes about PM@narendramodi in #TIME100.@TIME pic.twitter.com/GutWXi1JCu

— Syed Akbaruddin (@MEAIndia)April 16, 2015

Modi stormed to power in May 2014 after leading BJP to majority in the General Elections with 282 seats on its own.

The BJP-led NDA won 335 seats in the Lok Sabha.

Modi had led the campaign from the front launching a blistering attack on ten year of Congress-led UPA government rule.

The Congress managed to win only 44 seats in the Lower House, ending with worst ever figures in General Elections.

Delhi Chief Minister and Aam Aadmi Party convener, Arvind Kejriwal, is also in the list of 100.

Barack Obama is himself on the list.

Others who made it to the list of 100 was Russian President Vladimir Putin, pop stars Lady Gaga and Rihanna, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton, the Dalai Lama, Harry Potter actress Emma Watson, Nobel peace prize winner Malala Yousafzai, Pope Francis, US First Lady Michelle Obama, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, Apple CEO Tim Cook and Chinese President Xi Jinping.

The official list of the 100 most influential people in the world will be announced later this week.

Meanwhile, the TIME magazine had asked readers to cast their vote online for people from politics, entertainment, business, technology, science, religion and other fields who "changed the world this past year, for better or worse," as per PTI.

Modi however garnered just 0.6 per cent of the votes cast, with only 34 percent of the people voting in his favour and 66 per cent against.

Kejriwal got 0.5 per cent, with 71 per cent voters saying he should not be in the list.

More than half of the votes 57.38 per cent were cast within the US. Canada and the UK followed with 5.54 percent and 4.55 percent respectively.
 

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