Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who was briefly sliding behind Ferguson protestoers, leaped forward in readers’ poll conducted by the TIME magazine and emerged the winner of the Time’s Person of the Year. However, it is not final as the actual Person of the Year, chosen by the magazine’s editors, will be announced on Wednesday in a TV show.
But, it is likely that Narendra Modi stands chance of winning the final award as he stands on brighter side this year with no blemishes in his government so far. It may be difficult for any PM to win in opinion polls into his second year as negative cases and sentiments pile up in due course of governance.
Otherwise, Time magazine’s 5 million readers have voted in the poll and most of them from the United States, followed by India. Since Mahatma Gandhi in 1930, no Indian has been chosen to the coveted honour as the TIME Person of the Year and Modi’s name is there in the list of top 50 contenders but the name is not on top of the Editors’ list which is key to final award annoucement.
Besides Modi, the Ferguson protesters over the black teenager’s death, Hong Kong protest leader Joshua Wong and winner of Nobel Peace Prize Malala Yousafzai, besides voluntary organizations are on top of the readers’ poll and what is there in the minds of the editors will be known on Wednesday and announcement will be made by the Time magazine editor.
The readers’ poll was announced in 225 countries but the maximum number of participants came from the US and India at 37% and 17% respectively. The Time magazine said, “A strong showing of readers from India helped drive Modi’s first-place finish,” but retained its editors’ choice as the final deciding point.
Last year, though Egypt’s General Abdul Fattah al-Sisi was able to top readers’ poll with many Egyptians participating in the poll but the editors chose Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church, to be the cover page man and Person of the Year. Hence, Pakistan’s child education acitivist and Noebl Laureaute Malala may win the award.
Here’s the top 10 and the percentage of reader’s votes they received:
- Narendra Modi — 16.2 percent
Ferguson protesters — 9.2
Hong Kong protester Joshua Wong — 7.0
Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai– 4.9
Ebola doctors and nurses — 4.5
Vladimir Putin — 4.3
Laverne Cox of “Orange is the New Black” — 3.4
Indonesian President Joko Widodo — 2.7
Pope Francis — 2.6
Nigeria’s missing Chibok girls — 2.5
However, Time’s Person of the Year is merely a news maker and denial should not worry anybody, says the magazine. Even Adolph Hitler won it in 1938.