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Trump is TIME’s Person of the Year, while Indians take solace in Modi winning the popular vote

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By: Trends Desk | Kolkata | Published: December 7, 2016 9:34:40 pm
narendra modi, donald trump, time, time magazine, person of the year, time person of the year, trump modi time, modi trump time, 2016 time trump modi, world news, india news, latest news, indian express US president-elect Donald Trump won the editor’s choice award, while PM Narendra Modi won popular choice poll.

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.


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”.

But this tweet summed up everything about TIME magazine’s Person of the Year debate.

What do you think about the debate?

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