Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi nudged out US President Barrack Obama to win TIME’s Person of the Year award – Reader’s Poll Award.
The Indian PM has been regarded as one of the most influential figures in 2016 not just among Indians but worldwide as reflected in this poll.
The final winner of the coveted Person of the Year award is decided by the magazine’s editors although poll results provide a look on who the eventual winner might be.
Modi, who had 18% of the vote was well ahead of his closest contenders in the polls which were Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, who all received 7% of the ”yes” vote.
Other prominent figures in which the Indian PM placed far ahead of include Hillary Clinton (4%) and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg (2%).
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Prime Minister Modi has been in the news over the past few months for demonetizing the 500 and 1,000-rupee notes which is nearly 85 percent of the currency in circulation.
Critics argue that even though Modi’s government might succeed in removing counterfeit notes and boosting tax receipts, its impact on cash-based businesses would threaten India’s economy.
PM Modi has also actively participated in climate change efforts which have seen his approval ratings soar high according to a September Pew poll.
Ever since he came to power in 2014, Narendra Modi has had a long-running presence on Time magazine. He had first won the Time Readers’ Choice Poll that year and then graced the May 2015 issue cover.
The editors of Time Magazine would announce the Person of the Year on the 7th of December.