Posted by Kumar Gaurav on August 16, 1999 at 06:23:07:
Gandhi, Swaminathan, Tagore in `Time' top 20
HONG KONG: American news magazine Time has named Khmer Rouge leader Pol Pot, Japanese karaoke inventor Daisuke Inoue and exiled Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama among the most influential Asians of the century.
The list contains a smattering of dictators, visionaries, inventors and artists from around the region. The magazine's choices are:
King Rama V -- the revered Thai monarch who opened Thailand to the West.
Sun Yat-Sen -- considered the founder of modern China.
Mahatma Gandhi -- who wringed India's independence from Britain through non-violent principles.
Dalai Lama -- exiled Tibetan spiritual leader who continues to lead the peaceful resistance against Chinese rule.
Monkombu Sakbasivan Swaminathan -- the father of India's green revolution.
Emperor Hirohito -- Japan's wartime monarch who oversaw the nation's modern transformation.
Sukarno -- the first President of Indonesia.
Mao Zedong -- founder of the People's Republic of China and the man behind the Cultural Revolution.
Ho Chi Minh -- Vietnam's independence leader who fought off the French and then the Americans but died before his troops won Saigon, the city which now bears his name.
Pol Pot -- Cambodian Communist and leader of the genocidal Khmer Rouge ``Killing Fields'' regime which left up to two million dead between 1975-1979.
Lee Kuan Yew -- former Singaporean Prime Minister who forged the island state into a modern nation.
Deng Xiaoping -- veteran Chinese leader who began the country's modern economic reforms.
Park Chung-hee -- former South Korean President who turned the country into an industrial power.
Corazon Aquino -- the housewife who took over her assassinated husband's political legacy to emerge as one of the Philippines' most influential presidents.
Eiji Toyoda -- founded the Toyota car empire.
Akio Morita -- co-founder of Sony.
Akira Kurosawa -- Japanese movie director whose works include Rashomon, Seven Samurai and Ran.
Issey Miyake -- internationally renowned Japanese fashion designer.
Rabindranath Tagore -- Indian poet, author, songwriter, painter, educator and Asia's first Nobel laureate.
Daisuke Inoue -- Japanese inventor of the karaoke machine. (AFP)
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