As TIME magazine declared their Person of the Year for 2016, many Indians were disappointed. This was also partly due to confusion. On Tuesday (December 6), TIME announced Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the Person of the Year in the popular category, after thousands voted for the Indian PM on their readers’ poll. What many misunderstood or overlooked was that it was according to a reader poll and not the publication’s jury.
Donald Trump, the US president-elect was announced as the 2016 Person of the Year and appeared on the coveted cover this year.
According to TIME, “Modi won with 18 per cent of the vote when the poll closed Sunday at midnight. He placed well ahead of his closest contenders, including Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Julian Assange, who all received 7 per cent of the ‘yes’ vote.” The report also added that PM Modi also placed far ahead of other prominent like Mark Zuckerberg (2 per cent) and Hillary Clinton (4 per cent).
In 2015, Modi had appeared on TIME cover when the magazine had done an exclusive interview with him after he became the Prime Minister. He also featured on the magazine cover in 2012, when he was the Gujarat chief minister.
While many Modi supporters rooted for their favourite leader winning the title, much like the US elections, Donald Trump took the chair away.
While Twitterati seemed volubly angry at the decision and slammed the magazine for naming Donald Trump as the Person of the Year, Indians seem to take solace in the fact that at least Modi won the popular vote.
Trump aur Modi ka TIME accha chal raha hai.
— Nishant (@Nsihnat) December 7, 2016
Donald Trump TIME Person of the Year. But Narendra Modi won the online popular vote by a big margin. https://t.co/BL9tnnBwQ1
— INDIA•CD (@indiacd) December 7, 2016
— Vipul (@beaufort_vk) December 7, 2016
— Arnab Ganguly (@connect_arnab) December 7, 2016
#TimesPersonOfTheYear kya hua….Trump chune gaye””‘?😢N.Modi ji nahi.
— R.K.SHARMA (@RKSHARM57715137) December 7, 2016
@TIME how come trump suddenly be that,when modi was in lead actually?
— Nandu (@NanduSava) December 7, 2016
Time Time ki baat hai , Jaha Modi waha Trump!
— Raving Panda (@ErHiteshKataria) December 7, 2016
Modi won the Time Reader Poll.
Trump won Time Person of the Year 2016
Kejriwal won Time Pass Person of the Year
Win Win situation for every1
— The VVIP (@MrVVIPAK) December 7, 2016
— Sheshagiri deshpande (@spdwall) December 7, 2016
Some others did not like both Trump and Modi winning the titles and were of view that both were “two sides of the same coin”.
Donald Trump wins Time person of the year 2016. Modi was actually Time ‘pass’ person of the year. The Bhakths totally missed the plot 😂
— Conrad Barreto (@conradbeckham) December 7, 2016
Take heart Bhakts.. Modi nd Trump r two sides of the same coin, if one wins, samaj lena doosra bhi jeet gaya …
Baat ek hi hai! https://t.co/NqSNjmU95L
— kiran martis (@kiranmartis9) December 7, 2016
Donald Trump is Time magazine’s person of the year, while Narendra Modi wins the readers’ poll!
Not a good TIME to be a fiberal!
— Shefali Vaidya (@ShefVaidya) December 7, 2016
Modi Trump same same, NO? https://t.co/lmFpsaCx0N
— SANJAY HEGDE (@sanjayuvacha) December 7, 2016
But this tweet summed up everything about TIME magazine’s Person of the Year debate.
— iSirmour (@iSirmour) December 7, 2016
What do you think about the debate?