Pratibha Patil, TIME's Person of the Year 2019?

Former Indian president among finalists for TIME’s 2019 Person of the Year?

According to a well-informed source, the former Indian president Pratibha Patil 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 23/02/2019 : This story seems to be false. (read more)

Why not Patil 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 84-year-old politician, as a 2019 nominee has therefore sparked controversy and debate.

“What makes Patil so important is the potential and influence she now has, rather than anything she 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 ‘Nadgaon Citizen Of The Year’ by the readers of a local gazette in Nadgaon (Pratibha Patil'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:

“Pratibha Patil Named Person of the Year Is No ‘Surprise’.”
— @TheNewsEditor, 22 Feb 2019
“Great choice! Long overdue recognition for his talents. #LovePratibha”
— @BarbaraHeyboer, 22 Feb 2019
“Past recipients include Joseph Stalin and Adolf Hitler ... then why not Pratibha Patil?”
— @TheClassicObserver, 22 Feb 2019

Could 2019 officially be the Year of Pratibha Patil?

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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