Prashant Kishor and Kanhaiya Kumar find a spot on Forbes India’s “20 People from the World to See in 2020” list. Indian News
Although it includes the names of political strategist Prashant Kishor and former JNU President Kanhaiya Kumar on the list of the world’s top 20 powerful, Forbes India magazine has said, “They could be the defining faces of this next decade.”
While Prashant is a native of a village near Sasaram in Rohtas district, Kanhaiya was born and raised in a village in Begusarai district.
Prominent world leaders on the list are Gotabaya Rajapaksa (President of Sri Lanka), Mohammed bin Salman (Prince Decoronar, Saudi Arabia), Jacinda Ardern (Prime Minister, New Zealand), Boris Johnson (Prime Minister, Kingdom Sanna Marin (Prime Minister, Finland), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (member of the United States House of Representatives for New York) and Greta Thunberg (environmental activist).
In addition to Prashant and Kanhaiya, other prominent Indians on the list are Dushyant Chautala (Deputy Chief Minister, Haryana), Mahua Moitra (member of Lok Sabha, Trinamool Congress), the Godrej family (of Adi Godrej) and Garima Arora (Chef, the first Indian woman to receive a Michelin star).
Prominent people of Indian origin who have found a place on the list are Hasan Minhaj (comedian, political commentator) and Aditya Mittal (executive director and CEO of the group, ArcelorMittal Europe).
“Prashant Kishor has been a political strategist since 2011, when he helped the BJP win Gujarat’s state election. This was followed by his 2014 campaign for the BJP under his political strategy firm Citizen for Accountable Governance (CAG) that helped him win Lok Sabha’s election. The CAG was renamed I-PAC (India’s Political Action Committee) and Kishor now serves as a mentor to the organization,” the magazine says.
“Kanhaiya Kumar became the face of student politics at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) after he was slapped with sedition charges in 2016. Doctor at JNU, he fought his first electoral battle during the 2019 Lok Sabha elections of the Begusarai constituency in Bihar for the CPI. Although he lost to BJP’s Giriraj Singh by 4.2 lakh votes, he managed to vote 22.03% votes. Political analysts say that while it’s early for him, Kumar is someone who has been actively expressing his views across the country, questioning the government and its policies. A powerful speaker, he is expected to make a mark on Indian politics in the future,” says Forbes India.