Times magazine announces the list of 100 most influential people of 2019 from around the globe
On Wednesday, Times magazine announced their list of 100 most influential people from around the globe. Lawyer Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy have been featured as the two most influential women from India. They have led the battle in the Supreme Court to decriminalize homosexuality in India. The profile has been contributed by another powerful woman who has represented India not only in her country but also abroad, Priyanka Chopra. She is known for her headstrong attitude who never leaves without establishing her point.
Actor Priyanka Chopra wrote in the magazine that “I am what I am so taking me as I am,” said the Chief Justice of India as the Supreme Court struck down Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code in a unanimous vote. An outdated legacy of the British colonization of India, Section 377 rendered all sexual activities “against the order of nature” punishable by law.”
Priyanka wrote how the two of them fought the battle together and won the battle, “This landmark judgment, overturning a 157-year-old law, was the outcome of a long-term campaign orchestrated by two amazing public-interest litigators, Arundhati Katju and Menaka Guruswamy. The fight has been hard. The LGBTQ+ community has battled on both legal and social fronts for decades-—for their fundamental rights, for privacy, for dignity, for safety, and for love,” she wrote.
Priyanka further added, “Armed with a well-planned strategy that went beyond their well-researched legal arguments, Arundhati and Menaka became beacons of hope for the Indian LGBTQ+ community. Their perseverance and commitment led an entire community to a historic win by humanizing their struggles and giving them the freedom to love. As the Chief Justice said, “Constitutional morality cannot be martyred at the altar of social morality.”
Arundhati and Katju together helped to take a big leap for LGBTQ+ rights in India which is the world’s largest democracy. They fought for justice where they have established that we must fight for progress. There is much more to do even after amendment in the law. The new rule must be accepted and the people should be judged in an equal platform and loved.
This is the second time when Priyanka Chopra is being given the opportunity to write for Times magazine. Previously she was privileged to write about Princess of Sussex, Meghan Markle.
Eminent personalities who has been recognized as the most influential personalities from around the globe of 2019 by Times magazine are Singer Taylor Swift, Chrissy Teigen, Ariana Grande, Emilia Clarke, Lady Gaga, Brie Larson, Dwayne Johnson, Sandra Oh, Regina King ,KPOP global sensation BTS, Mahershala Ali, Yalitza Aparicio, Glenn Close, Chip Gaines and Joanna Gaines, Spike Lee, Rami Malek, Ryan Murphy, Khalid, Gayle King, Richard Madden and Hasan Minhaj to name a few.