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Look into massive irregularities in Time 100 opinion poll

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Look into massive irregularities in Time 100 opinion poll Dear Sir/Maam This is to bring to your notice the massive instances of fraud that are going in in the online voting for the TIME 100 2012 polls. Towards the end of the last month, your magazine put out an internet based opinion poll seeking votes for a place in the TIME 100 list for 2012. One of the nominees is the popular Chief Minister of Gujarat Narendra Modi. In its issue dated 26th March, Narendra Modi had featured on the magazines cover story as well. As voting progressed, Narendra Modi occupied the top spot, receiving the highest number votes. Infact, even if one calculated the difference between the ‘Definitely’ and the ‘No Way’ he was comfortably in the lead. Suddenly, the last 12 hours have changed the situation. Brisk and near fanatical voting has ensured that ‘Anonymous’ is now the leader of the pack, eve crossing 300,000 mark. Erik Martin, who Narendra Modi displaced to gain the top spot also saw his tally surge by over 25,000 votes. Now, please note these points in relation to the following facts: • ‘Anonymous’ has not more than 160,000 votes last evening. Thus, it suggests that this candidate did not draw so much public attention since polls opened. Then why did it suddenly surge, and that too at this margin? • Erik Martin, who was hovering between the 120,000 and 125,000 mark for the last 2 days is upto 160,000 in a matter of few hours. Is it a ‘surge’ for Erik Martin or is someone else driving this? • The number of petitions, hate campaigns particularly by some sections of people asking not NOs against Narendra Modi. This when the man himself has not even bothered to speak about this so called poll. Internet safety, honesty and free press are very valued aspects of a liberal democracy. On Good Friday, we cannot see the crucifixion of these values that we cherish from the bottom of our hearts. Today anti-social elements are only rigging an online poll but tomorrow the threat can be deeper- government documents, social security files, healthcare details, just where is all this taking us and where will it stop? Narendra Modi has made his mark as a valued administrator and a champion of those who have been otherwise on the margins of history. It is not that such lists would even matter to him but this is a larger battle, it’s a battle for honesty and ideals. It is a request to you, the editors of a reputed journal such as TIME to introspect and wake up to what is happening. If you see these links you will notice that it happens time and again. Then why it not being stopped? I request you to support my petition in the interest of democracy, freedom of speech and values of honesty that are increasingly becoming a rarity, a case in point being the Time 100 list. Sincerely,

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