New Delhi: The Fortune magazine featured the two-time Delhi CM and Aam Aadmi Party convener in its list of 50 World’s greatest leaders. He is the only Indian face to be in the list topped by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
The magazine has givrn him 42nd rank and describes Kejriwal as “the New Delhi government official risking his career to fight pollution.” He is placed before Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and head of Climate Change Policy, Uruguay, Ramon Mendez. The odd-even scheme that Kejriwal launched in the first week of January 2016 receive acknowledgement from the business magazine.
The Fortune said “When Kejriwal unveiled a blueprint to tackle the smog in New Delhi—called the world’s most polluted city by the World Health Organization—many were skeptical…The uplifting result of the pilot this January: Roads were less clogged, hourly particulate air pollution concentrations dropped by 13 percent, and citizens could breathe deep.”
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 list features almost equal number of men and women, also has two American-Indians — South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley and lawyer and founder of Girls Who Code Reshma Saujani. However, it did not feature Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
The 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.