Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been featured in Time Magazine’s list of “100 most influential people of 2020” but with a strong criticism for his decisions and policies. Modi is the only politician from the country in the list and fifth Indian besides Bollywood actor Ayushmann Khurrana, 82-year-old social activist Bilkis, scientist Ravindra Gupta and Google CEO Sundar Pichai.

While talking about Modi as an influential person, Time correspondent Karl Vick criticised him and ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) for posing a threat to India’s secular nature.

“All have abided in India, which the Dalai Lama (who has spent most of his life in refuge there) has lauded as “an example of harmony and stability…Narendra Modi has brought all that into doubt,” Vick writes about Modi in the Time’s 100 article.

“Though almost all of India’s Prime Ministers have come from the nearly 80% of the population that is Hindu, only Modi has governed as if no one else matters,” he adds.

According to the author, the BJP has “rejected elitism but also pluralism”. He went on to allege that the Modi government used the ongoing coronavirus pandemic as a “pretense to stiffle dissent”.