A day after columnist Khushwant Singh's remarks terming Dr. Manmohan
Singh as the best Prime Minister appeared in the media, the news has
now come that the Indian Prime Minister is on top in Newsweek's list
of 10 world leaders.
Newsweek Magazine in its list of 10
world leaders who have won respect has described Dr. Manmohan Singh
as "the leader other leaders love" though India figures at 78th
place in the list of 100 best countries.
77-year-old Singh, who is into his seventh year in office, has
played a "key role in India's emergence as one of the rising powers
of the 21st century."
In an article titled "The Leader Other Leaders Love", the magazine
said the economist-turned-politician Singh, engineered the
transition "from stagnant socialism to a spectacular takeoff in the
"But it's Singh's unassuming personal style that really inspires awe
among his fellow global luminaries, who praise him for being modest,
humble, and incorruptible," the magazine said in the article.
It also quotes former International Atomic Energy Agency
director-general and Egyptian presidential challenger Mohamed
ElBaradei as saying that "the soft-spoken Singh is the model of what
a political leader should be."
Besides Singh, British Premier David Cameron, French President
Nicolas Sarkozy, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Brazilian President
Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva and Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah bin Abdel
Aziz al-Saud also figure in the list.
However, India figures 78 in the list of 100 best countries in the
world with a score of 55.70 out of 100.
The rank was based on five categories of national well-being,
education, health, quality of life, economic competitiveness, and
Besides, India is described as the 'Best Place to Fly a Kite'.
"Flying a kite from the roof is part of everyday life in India. But
each year, on January 14, an international kite festival, Makar
Sankranti, draws more than 1 million enthusiasts from 36 countries,"
the magazine said.