TIME magazine’s focus on the Shaheen Bagh Dadi also signifies that people’s protests in India and the causes being fought for on the streets in the face of brutal crackdowns by state agencies have gained global recognition.
Khurrana shares the honours with four other Indians – Prime minister Narendra Modi, Google CEO Sundar Pichai, the UK-based doctor of Indian origin, Ravindra Gupta, who found a cure to AIDS and the 82-year-old Bilkis Dadi of the Shaheen Bagh fame.
The top court's observation came while reserving the verdict on a batch of pleas against the anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests which had led to blocking of a road in Shaheen Bagh in Delhi last December.
The eviction comes two days after Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal announced the national capital was going into a complete lockdown to contain the spread of the novel coronavirus, which has already claimed over 13,000 lives worldwide.
The court was hearing the petitions seeking the removal of protesters from Shaheen Bagh, where a huge demonstration against the newly amended citizenship law and proposed National Register of Citizens (NRC) has been on for over two months now.