Indian PM Narendra Modi Wins TIME’s Person Of The Year – Reader’s Poll Award

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.

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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.

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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.

Narendra Modi

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The editors of Time Magazine would announce the Person of the Year on the 7th of December.