PM Modi leads Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin in Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ poll

For the fourth year in a row, Modi is among the contenders for Time's 'Person of the Year' honour.

By: PTI | New York | Published:November 29, 2016 12:53 pm
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Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leading an online poll of readers’ choice for Time magazine’s ‘Person of the Year’ in 2016 honour, which has contenders like US President-elect Donald Trump, the outgoing US leader Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

For the fourth year in a row, Modi is among the contenders for Time’s ‘Person of the Year’ honour, which the US publication bestows every year to the one “who has most influenced the news and our world in the past year, for good or ill.” Last year German Chancellor Angela Merkel was Time’s ‘Person of the Year’.

While each year Time’s editors make the ultimate decision as to who from among world leaders, presidents, protesters, astronauts, pop icons and disrupters should be person of the year, it also asks readers to cast their votes and decide who they think most shaped a particular year.

Time said the reader poll is an “important window” into who they think most shaped 2016.

According to initial votes cast in the readers’ poll, Modi is leading with 21 per cent voting in his favour. For a while Wikileaks founder Julian Assange had overtaken Trump for the lead in the online poll, getting 10 per cent of all the “yes” votes cast by participants, Time had said.

However, Modi has so far got 21 per cent votes, way ahead of Putin’s 6 per cent, Obama’s 7 per cent and Trump’s 6 per cent. It remains to be seen if Modi will maintain his lead as votes polled may change by the time voting on the reader’s choice poll ends on December 4.

Time also analysed the moments from 2016 when this year’s poll contenders were most talked about. For Modi it was October 16, when the Indian leader had suggested during a summit of BRICS nations in Goa that Pakistan is the “mothership” for terrorism.

Among the contenders this year are former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, FBI Chief James Comey, Apple CEO Ti Cook, parents of slain Muslim-American soldier Humanyun Khan, Khizr and Ghazala Khan, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, British Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese leader Xi Jinping.

Modi had won the readers’ poll of Time’s Person of the Year in 2014, securing more than 16 per cent of the almost five million votes cast. He was again among the contenders for the annual honour in 2015 but was not among the final eight candidates shortlisted by Time magazine editors for the title.

“In 2016, the news and our world were subject to a wide range of influences. A presidential campaign in the United States exposed deep-seated fissures and led to the election of a president without precedent in the nation’s history. Elsewhere, leaders like Vladimir Putin and Recep Tayyip Erdogan commanded the spotlight on a global stage,” Time said.

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    ABC
    Nov 29, 2016 at 8:16 am
    In what respect?!!!
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      Dash
      Nov 29, 2016 at 9:30 am
      Modi deserves this. Demonetization is a revolution India was waiting for. a good beginning has been made. Maharashtra and Gujarat local polls have shown that they are with Modi. Douche kejriwal's political career is finished.
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        Balasubramanya
        Nov 29, 2016 at 9:47 am
        Our prime minister Sri Narendra Modi is the most deserving candidate for the most coveted award by Time magazine. We hope he will maintain the lead as usual and coming out with flying colours.lt;br/gt;Best wishes from,130 Billion Indians.
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          Against traitors
          Nov 29, 2016 at 8:54 am
          Why IE is against BJP? CPM leader Sitaram Yechuri's wife Seema Chisti is Resident Editor of IE. Managing editor Rajkamal Jha is the cousin of Sanjay Jha of congress. Same way NDTV has many Congi and left leaders' relatives and the list is very big there
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            murthy
            Nov 29, 2016 at 9:26 am
            Mr, Anand Sharma, You have been repeating that all actios of BJP are unconsutional with regard to demonitisation.,If you are so confidrnt why dont you take up the case with the President or Supreme court.
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              SATISH
              Nov 29, 2016 at 9:37 am
              PPL who are supporters of corrupt congis, or madcap AAP's will always think differently as they cannot digest the fact that after 70 yrs of mis-rule, loot, something happening in the country to clense the system. As a small proof, just see how much unaccounted money credited into JANDHAN accounts otherwise lying with one rupee. So, don't live in old corrupt regime. Come out and support the cause for better future. One need not be part of any political outfit, but support the change if it really see a benefit in the long run
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                Deepak
                Nov 29, 2016 at 8:19 am
                indian express anti india news paper..only indianexpress team knows y I am writing this
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                  Mani
                  Nov 29, 2016 at 7:45 am
                  Every body likes Modi. Even stanis want him as their PM.
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                    From Europe
                    Nov 30, 2016 at 1:57 pm
                    LOL, it's not NBA All-Star voting, yet you do the same thing Chinese did with Yao Ming.
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                      Rasikan
                      Nov 29, 2016 at 9:10 am
                      Exactly, Copying this statement,need to propagate
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                        sreedhar
                        Nov 29, 2016 at 9:10 am
                        wow, he is placed among his peers. Do any of those guys get any respect ? Putin, just like the statutes of Lenin and Stalil was demolished , his name too can get demolished in another wave of public fury. Trump, don't know how an educated millionaire can drop to this level of personality and still become President of America. Anyway, one this is common between MODI AND TRUMP. This is how social media can be used to make a bad product look like desirable one and how most of the social media indulging people get carried away with misinformation and lies
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                          Sveltein Jacob
                          Nov 29, 2016 at 8:45 am
                          A GREAT ACHIEVEMENT ON TS WAY.........
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                            Rajeev Belani
                            Nov 29, 2016 at 6:16 pm
                            Narendra Modi is closely followed bylt;br/gt;- Julian ange (Founder of Wikileaks)lt;br/gt;- Barack Obamalt;br/gt;The same list also has Bernie Sanders, Mark Zuckerburg, Tim Cook, Beyonce among many otherslt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I presume by your logic every single person including Obama and Zuckerburg is the same as Trump. lt;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Try to a bit more informed the next time you comment and stop embarring yourself
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