Since 1927, TIME Magazine has been giving out the prominent award, “Person of The Year.”
Recognizing people such as Charles Lindbergh, who won it the first year, to Mark Zuckerberg in 2010, or even the computer, which won “Machine of the Year” in 1982, the award features the person—or thing—with the most impact over the past year...for better or worse.
Well, TIME just announced the 2016 winner.
You might think it'd be Donald Trump for beating the odds and winning the presidential election:
Or Barack Obama for finishing his final term as the first African American president:
Or potentially Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson for continuing to be one of the most beloved celebrities around:
But you would be wrong...
And likely surprised by the person who won.
While Barack Obama, Donald Trump, and Wikileaks founder Julian Assange were all nominated, Modi swept the competition, garnering 18% of all votes.
For those unfamiliar with Modi, he is the 14th and current Prime Minister of India, and has been in office since May of 2014:
While this is Modi's fourth year being nominated, he finally took the win.
Modi made a major impact this year by ratifying the Paris Climate Change Agreement, an agreement from the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that deals with greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaptation, and finance starting in the year 2020.
Modi has also been highly praised for being strong, decisive and always available to the masses.
One of his major achievements has been his dedication to putting an end to corruption within the Indian government. Since he took office in 2014, his administration has not faced a single corruption charge:
No only has India seen its highest peace rating in years, but Modi has developed over 50 programs to help the poor.
Maybe most importantly, since taking office Modi has been considered the first Indian government official to have a vision — helping many in the Asian country to feel that it's back on the path of development in the future.