Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi has been named among Time Magazine's 30 Most Influential People on the Internet, keeping company with other social media heavyweights, including reality star Kim Kardashian, former Olympic athlete Caitlyn Jenner and United States presidential candidate Donald Trump.

Time calls Modi an "internet star" who "uses social media to break news and conduct diplomacy". The magazine cites the example of Modi's 'surprise' visit to Lahore on the occasion of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's birthday ─ and the wedding of Nawaz's granddaughter.

Read more: After Modi's surprise visit to Pakistan, next step is obvious – sustained engagement

The magazine says the Indian premier made headlines for the wrong reason when he wished Afghan president, Ashraf Ghani, happy birthday on Feb 12. "The Afghan president replied with his thanks and a polite note that he was actually born on May 19."

Other celebrities featured on the list include world famous author J.K. Rowling, musician Kanye West and football star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The news comes as Madame Tussauds announces it will immortalise the Indian PM in wax. He will be featured alongside other prominent world leaders in London, Singapore, Hong Kong and Bangkok.

Describing him as a “hugely important figure in world politics”, the museum said the Indian prime minister ─ who has a "massive social media presence" ─ had given the museum’s team of artists and experts a sitting at his residence in New Delhi earlier this year.

Opinion

Editorial

Crisis conference
Updated 04 Feb, 2023

Crisis conference

PTI's refusal to engage with the govt in such testing times will only be seen as sign of ideological bankruptcy.
Revenge politics
04 Feb, 2023

Revenge politics

A SENSE of déjà-vu prevails as cases pile up against PTI politicians, many of whom, along with their allies and...
Inappropriate remarks
04 Feb, 2023

Inappropriate remarks

OFFICIALS of the state, especially when representing the country at international forums, need to choose their words...
Delay in the offing?
Updated 03 Feb, 2023

Delay in the offing?

Govt must realise that political stability in the country cannot be achieved by extra-constitutional actions.
Divisions in PML-N
03 Feb, 2023

Divisions in PML-N

DISCORD and drama in PML-N ranks escalated this week when Shahid Khaqan Abbasi revealed he no longer holds a party...
Wikipedia ‘downgrade’
03 Feb, 2023

Wikipedia ‘downgrade’

ATTEMPTS to police the internet by states, often by giving opaque justifications for the action, are never a good...