PM `most admired leader in the world`

PM Singh has topped Newsweek Magazine`s list of 10 `most admired` world leaders.

Last Updated: Aug 19, 2010, 17:42 PM IST

New York: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
tops Newsweek Magazine`s list of 10 world leaders who have won
respect and is described 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 global economy."

"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 In cio 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 political environment.

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.

-PTI