Arvind Kejriwal has been named among the world’s 50 greatest leaders by Fortune Magazine, landing at number 42 Rank out off 50 on Magazine list.
Fortune magazine features Men and Women from across the World from the fields of business, government, philanthropy and the arts who are transforming the world and inspiring others to do the same. Delhi CM Kejriwal, who is the only Indian leader on the Fortune list, was selected for his efforts towards curbing air pollution in Delhi and his government’s “odd-even” road-space rationing scheme. The odd-even scheme had enforced Delhi residents to use cars with odd-numbered plates on odd-numbered dates, and those with even-numbered plates on even dates, in order to reduce air pollution levels in India’s capital.
The Fortune list, featuring political leaders, philanthropists and cultural icons, had German Chancellor Angela Merkel in second position and Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi as third Position.
Giving company to Kejriwal from South Asia is Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on the number 10 spot. Fortune said the 68-year -old politician, the only female leader among the Organization of Islamic Cooperation member states, has “deftly navigated the competing demands of Islamic tradition and women’s rights.
First Washington Post praised Delhi’s Aam Admi clinics. Now Fortune applauds Delhi’s good governance esp odd-even pic.twitter.com/szfSf6Tg5H
— Arvind Kejriwal (@ArvindKejriwal) March 24, 2016
“The uplifting result of the pilot this January: roads were less clogged, hourly particulate air pollution concentrations dropped by 13 per cent, and citizens could breathe deep,” Fortune said.
“…the New Delhi ‘government official’ risking his career to fight pollution; the Italian mayor welcoming Middle East migrants to his tiny town improving its economy and brightening their prospects,” the US-based magazine said in a reference to Kejriwal and Domenico Lucano, the Mayor of the Italian town of Riace, who was ranked 40th on the list.
“The leaders you’ll meet here, known and new, will lift your mood and upgrade your assessment of the world’s future. Some may inspire you to join their followers. And those unheard-ofs, so seemingly ordinary, may even prompt you to rethink your own potential as an inspiring leader,” Fortune said.