Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani and Googles India-born CEO Sundar Pichai are among over 50 global leaders, business chiefs and pop icons named as contenders by Time magazine for its annual Person of the Year honour.
Time said Mr. Modi has encouraged foreign direct investment in India and is trying to modernise the worlds largest democracy, but added that the Indian leader has also faced controversy over what some see as right-wing extremism.
On Mr. Ambani, Time said the richest person in India is the chairman of Reliance Industries which owns everything from telecom properties to the worlds largest crude oil refinery.
The other candidates in the fray for the Person of the Year title include US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Chinese President Xi Jinping, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Democratic Presidential front runner Hillary Clinton, the refugees fleeing conflicts in Syria, Afghanistan and East and West Africa, Pakistani Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai, Tesla head Elon Musk, Apple CEO Tim Cook and last years winner Pope Francis.
From Mahatma Gandhi, Adolf Hitler, Elizabeth II to The Computer, Whistleblowers, The American Soldier and The Protester, Time has named a Person of the Year for the past nine decades.