An 82-year old Indian woman, who was the face of a long-running protest, is on Time magazine’s list of 100 “Most Influential People of 2020”.
Bilkis was part of a group of women who peacefully protested against a controversial citizenship law.
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurana are among those on the list.
The annual list features pioneers, leaders and icons from around the world who have made an impact.
Time’s profile of Bilkis, who is popularly called ‘Dadi (Hindi for grandmother), is written by Indian journalist and author Rana Ayyub who describes her as “the voice of the marginalised”.
“Bilkis gave hope and strength to activists and student leaders who were being thrown behind bars for standing up for the unpopular truth in a democracy that was sliding into authoritarianism and inspired peaceful copycat protests across the country,” Ms Ayyub writes.
Soon after the announcement, #ShaheenBagh, the area where the protests were held, and #Bilkis rose to the top of Twitter trends as many celebrated her achievement.
Bollywood director Onir called her a “brave, inspirational voice from Shaheen Bagh,” on twitter. Lawyer Karuna Nundy tweeted that Bilkis’ “reclamation of the Constitution in Shaheen Bagh” was one of the most inspiring acts this year.
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