Malala named in Time's 100 Most Influential List for a second time

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German chancellor Angela Merkel, among others who made it to the list


Web Desk April 16, 2015
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Nobel peace laureate Malala Yousafzai made it to Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential List for the second time.

Time presented its annual list online on Thursday, naming the most influential people worldwide, including artists and leaders to pioneers, titans and icons. The list will appear in the April 27 issue of the magazine.

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Malala came under international spotlight after Taliban attacked her in Swat for campaigning for girls’ education. She received a bullet injury to her head but successfully recovered after undergoing surgery in Britain.

The 17–year-old was once again listed in the ‘Icons’ category of the list with other renowned personalities, including Pope Franics, writer Haruki Murakami, designer Diane von Furstenburg and others.

Honouring the education activist in the magazine, Mezon Almellehan an Syrian education activist and student, herself, wrote, “Spending time with Malala Yousafzai made me stronger. I didn’t know her before meeting her in Za’atari camp last year, but I understand she suffered, and yet she continues to fight for what she believes in—for the rights of children and for their education. She is an inspiration for me.”

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“Malala has shown that education is crucial for laying a foundation for girls and boys to have secure lives,” she added.

Almellehan was in Oslo to watch Malala receive the Nobel Peace Prize last year.

“To see a young woman recognised with such an award made me realise that yes, I can make a difference, and I have to continue to fight for what I believe in—that all girls and boys can bring change to our world,” she added.

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In October last year, Malala became the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner, jointly winning the prestigious annual prize with Indian activist Kailash Satyarthi.

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In the annual list, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, German chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian Presidents Vladimir Putin are in the ‘Leaders’ category among others.

COMMENTS (6)

AMB | 6 years ago | Reply We are proud of you, JK Rowlings, and even lady Gaga. We dont care for watever reason, but we love u.
ajeet | 6 years ago | Reply @wedwe: We made him PM for that reason only.
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