Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi was on 5 December 2014 named as the Asian of the Year 2014 by Singapore’s leading newspaper The Straits Times for being a development-focused leader.
The editors of the paper picked Narendra Modi as he created an impressive election victory for his party Bhartiya Janata party (BJP) in the national election that ended in May 2014.
The award also recognises Modi's record as an administrator who has propelled his home state Gujarat to global attention.
The Straits Times' choice of Narendra Modi as Asian of the Year 2014 was based on several factors:
• After assuming the office of PM in May 2014, Narendra Modi has made a mark on Asia by reaching out to neighbouring countries and receiving international leaders like Xi Jinping of China and Tony Abbott of Australia.
• Moreover, Modi has had a highly successful visit to Japan for a summit with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
• On the economy level, Modi’s Make in India campaign could help enhance the growth engines of the economy and can provide equilibrium to the region when the top Asian economy China is slowing, and Japan is in recession.
• Politically and socially, Modi has energized India with his moving calls that aimed at the development of India.
• In January 2015, he will receive US President Barack Obama, the first time that a US leader will be the chief guest at the annual Republic Day celebrations in India.
About the award Asian of the Year by The Straits Times
• Every December, editors of The Straits Times pick an Asian whose actions have significantly impacted his own society or the wider Asian continent in the 12 months past.
• In 2013, the award was shared by Chinese President Xi Jinping and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
• The first Asian of the Year award went to President Thein Sein of Myanmar in 2012.
When: 5 December 2014