Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi won the readers’ poll for Time magazine Person of the Year 2016 beating everyone from celebrities to politicians and whistleblowers to social figures. But that is just the periphery of the story.
The core of the story is the fact that he is the only one among the 30 contenders who got more ‘Yes’ votes than the ‘No’ votes.
It provides the explanation for the whopping difference between the final percentage of votes Modi got and the percentage of votes earned by those who are tied in the second place.
Modi got 18 per cent of all the votes. Tied at the second place were US President Barack Obama, US President-elect Donald Trump, and WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange with 7 per cent each.
So technically, Modi’s percentage of votes was more than the combined votes of any two of the three who came in second.
Well, you can say that being the only Indian in the list has its advantages. But Time magazine said that Modi also received significant votes from the US – in New Jersey and California, in particular – highlighting the impact he has had on a global audience.
Modi won because he has influenced the world’s largest democracy like no other leader before him. His policies are open to criticism but NO ONE can say that the image of India has not risen in the eyes of the world community under Modi’s rule.
However, all said and done, it is the editors of the magazine who take the final call on who would grace the cover.