Out of the 1,084 respondents, 3 Pct voted for Modi as well as for Yunus while 20.1 Pct favoured Mandela. As many as 12.4 Pct of the respondents voted for Gandhi. All the survey respondents are members of the WEF’s Global Shapers Community aged between 20 and 30 years. In the list of 11, three personalities are not alive — Mandela, Gandhi and Jobs. Modi became the Prime Minister in May 2014.
WEF said Gandhi “is known for his doctrine of nonviolent protests in order to achieve progress. The Indian lawyer, social activist, politician and writer became the leader of the nationalist movement against the British rule of India”. About Mandela, the report said that abolition of apartheid remains his greatest legacy, and under his leadership, South Africa emerged as a genuine democracy that saw many changes. “Pope Francis is the first Latin American and non-European pope in more than 1,200 years. As the head of the Roman Catholic Church, he is the moral and spiritual leader of 1.2 billion people all over the world â€“ from the Philippines, where 86 Pct of the population identify as Roman Catholic, to Brazil, which has over 125 million Catholics,” WEF said.