According to a top source, the Indian president Pranab Mukherjee is leading the race to become Time magazine's Person of the Year in 2019. But while the politician's fans are thrilled with the news, many people hold a very different opinion.
UPDATE 25/08/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)
Why not Mukherjee for Person of the Year?
The list of nominees for Time magazine’s Person of the Year is always an eclectic mix of world leaders, pop culture icons, buzzworthy names, and human rights activists. The unexpected inclusion of the 83-year-old politician, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.
“What makes Mukherjee so important is the potential and influence he now has, rather than anything he has already done,” said a panelist who preferred to remain anonymous, adding that earlier this month, the politician have already been named ‘Indian Of The Year’ by some major Indian newspapers and even ‘Mirati Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Mirati (Pranab Mukherjee's hometown).
Social Reactions to TIME’s Person of the Year
A representative for the politician was not immediately available for comment, but the announcement generated immediate reaction on Twitter:
“#MukherjeePOY. Logical choice though I wouldn't have made the same one.”
— @TomMiller, 24 Aug 2019
“Congrats! Pranab has this charisma that seems to come out of nowhere.”
— @SamanthaJones, 24 Aug 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Pranab Mukherjee?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 24 Aug 2019
Could 2019 officially be the Year of Pranab Mukherjee?
Still, TIME’s editors will make the final decision about who will grace the magazine’s cover as its 2019 Person of the Year.
Who do you think should be TIME’s Person of the Year for 2019?
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