Modi shortlisted for Time’s Person of the Year awards

Time has shortlisted 42 leaders, entrepreneurs and celebrities for its Person of the Year 2013 and will announce the winner next month.

Other candidates in fray are Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, US President Barack Obama, Pakistani teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai, Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and even the new heir to the British throne Prince George.

On Modi, Time said ‘the controversial Hindu nationalist and chief minister of Gujarat is the most likely candidate to unseat India’s ruling Congress party in the world’s largest democracy’. Modi is the only Indian in the shortlist.

While Time’s editors will choose the winner, it has asked readers to cast their votes for the person they think ‘most influenced the news this year for better or worse’.

So far Modi has got over 2,650 votes and with about 25 per cent, is leading the online readers’ poll.
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