West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has been named among the 100 most influential people in the world by the prestigious Time magazine in its 2012 list which also includes US President Barack Obama.
Time said Banerjee,57,spent years struggling on the margins but ultimately she proved to be the consummate politician. Though much of Indian society remains hidebound in patriarchy and tradition,strong women still prevail in the nations political life. Mamata Banerjee rose to the fore last year when she and a movement she built from the grassroots wrested control of her home state of West Bengal,ending three-and-a-half decades of sclerotic communist rule, Time said. As CM,she has emerged as a populist woman of action strident and divisive but poised to play an even greater role in the worlds largest democracy, the magazine said.