India, China run by strong leaders: TIME Magazine

The Times publication said among the lessons that can be drawn from the ‘2015 TIME 100 list’ is that Asia has a crop of strong leaders.

Both India and China are today run by “forceful leaders” eager to put their “stamp on history”, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi working to lead from the front after Manmohan Singh’s decade of “increasingly listless rule”, according to TIME magazine.

Mr. Modi was named by TIME among the 100 most influential people in the world in its annual list on Thursday, with U.S. President Barack Obama penning a flattering profile of him.

The publication said among the lessons that can be drawn from the ‘2015 TIME 100 list’ is that Asia has a crop of strong leaders after years of being run by not-so-dynamic politicians.

“China and India may be two of the most dynamic countries in the world, but for years their leaders were anything but,” TIME said, adding that from 2002 to 2012 China was run by the “colourless and cautious” President Hu Jintao, though most decisions were made not by him alone but through consensus among the top tier of the Communist Party.

In India, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presided over a decade of “increasingly listless rule”, ending in 2014 when he left office at the age of 81.

“But today, both China and India are run by forceful leaders eager to put their stamp on history,” it said.