This man just won TIME's 'Person of the Year' reader's poll

Published: December 6, 2016

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has won the online reader’s poll for TIME Person of the Year, beating out other world leaders, artists and politicians including Barrack Obama.

Although the final person of the year is to be decided on December 7, the poll is indicative of who is among the most influential figures in the world.

The poll results have put Modi ahead of US President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump.

Modi on TIME’s list of 30 most influential people on the Internet

According to Time Magazine, Modi won the slot garnering 18 per cent of the vote when the poll came to a conclusion on Sunday night.

The premier clinched the award with an overwhelming margin with his competitors including Wikileaks founder, Julian Assange, Mark Zuckerberg and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton. All of the aforementioned were believed to be in close competition with one another.

Modi has remained prominent on the list ever since he assumed power in 2014. Firstly, the premier won Time Readers’ Choice Poll  in 2014 followed by appearance on the cover on May 2015. Modi was also voted 8th Person of the Year poll during the same year.

Modi, Trump on TIME’s list of 30 most influential people on the Internet

Modi winning the award is believed to hold particular importance this year against the backdrop of prevailing anger and dismay over the demonetisation in the country.

On November 24, former Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh severely criticised his successor Narendra Modi for scrapping the 500 and 1,000 rupee banknotes, calling it an “organised loot and legalised plunder” of the country.

Singh then went on to dub Modi’s move to a “monumental mismanagement” that could tear off at least two percentage points off economic growth.

This article originally appeared on India Times

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Reader Comments (12)

  • Farkhanda Jabeen
    Dec 6, 2016 - 10:35AM

    Nawaz S. can beat him anywhere in the world, any time! you can do the poll 5 times, and Nawaz will be the winner 5 times. Only condition is that we bring our own ballot boxes, or inform pmln 3 months in advance! But it can not be the any readers poll! because those who can actually read! they are not equal to who can’t! Signs are for those who can understand!Recommend

  • TSS
    Dec 6, 2016 - 1:15PM

    With a Billion Plus population and about 34.8% penetration according to … you shouldn’t expect anything less. Infact it would have been shameful if it wasn’t the case for ‘online polls’.

    There is a difference however in online polls and actual live polls ! For the TIME Person of the year, TIME should come out with a better option rather than online polls !Recommend

  • SG
    Dec 6, 2016 - 1:41PM

    All Pakistanis are commenting about him being responsible for Gujarat riots. Does it ever occur to you that may be your information is wring and the rest of the world is right?Recommend

  • Haramullah Fattuddin
    Dec 6, 2016 - 2:08PM

    Even with this Mr. Modi may not be declared TIME Person of the year, reason best known to TIME Magazine. But Mr. Modi really cares, I doubt.Recommend

  • Mozee
    Dec 6, 2016 - 2:55PM

    Only people who believe he wasn’t responsible are ones that support ethnic cleansingRecommend

  • ThankfulSoul
    Dec 6, 2016 - 4:21PM

    China had more population than India and more internet penetration too. Yet Chinese Premier got 6% votes compared to 18% to ModiRecommend

  • Nasir
    Dec 6, 2016 - 8:36PM

    @Haramullah Fattuddin:
    He was elected Man of the year just like Amitabh Bachchan was declared star of the millennium. 90% of the people voted in the contest were either from India or Indian immigrants.Recommend

  • Huzur
    Dec 6, 2016 - 9:31PM

    China censors the internet and you never know what or where the truth is.Recommend

  • just_someone
    Dec 6, 2016 - 9:37PM

    Haha, indians have nothing better to do than to vote online in useless polls.
    This is why India will stay third world forever…Recommend

  • curious2
    Dec 7, 2016 - 3:42AM

    Anybody outside of Pakistan or India care whether Modi gets “man of the yr” – NOPE!Recommend

  • SHJ
    Dec 7, 2016 - 7:21AM

    And you? One of most developed countries in the world?Recommend

  • cbing
    Dec 7, 2016 - 9:26AM

    Haha, Pakistanis will only be trying to downgrade whatever India does. This is why Pakistan will always be below India in all categories even among third world countries forever. Recommend

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