Declare 2012 Time poll as Null and Void

published on April 8, 2012


The Editor
Time Life Building
Rockefeller Center
New York, New York 10020
April 6, 2012

Sub: Declare the 2012 Time 100 Poll as null and void and Disqualify Anonymous and Erik Martin from the Number One and Number Two positions


We are stunned and appalled at the manner in which your website on the 2012 Time 100 Poll was rigged and hacked by Anonymous and Erik Martin under your nose. Your staff seems to have stood mute. According to the final results, Anonymous secured 395,793, Erik Martin 264,193 and Narendra Modi 256,792 yes votes.

As reported by “Anonymous has been accumulating around 14,000 votes per hour, jumping from approximately 40,000 votes by midday Thursday to more than 380,000 votes by midday Friday!.”

The manner in which these two groups rigged and manipulated the results to their advantage is a matter of great disgrace not only to the reputation of the Time Magazine but also to the civil society which wanted to exercise its rights in accordance with the rules laid down by your esteemed Magazine.

These two groups have made a mockery of The Time Polls 2012. They have tarnished your credibility, brought ignominy to your standing, and made your august magazine a laughing stock in the eyes of the world at large and your loyal customers.

People are saying these Polls are unfair and unjustified. They smack of hoax, scam and deception.

A fraud of colossal magnitude has been perpetrated on the credulous masses who believe in fair play and justice. We feel badly mauled and cheated. If this issue is not settled in an equitable manner, we would be compelled to urge 1.3 billion Indians all over the world to boycott Time.

We request you to thoroughly investigate this matter. We will also appreciate it very much if you will declare the 2012 Time Poll as null and void and disqualify the above two entities from number one and two positions for brazen violation of your contest rules and those of universal fair play.

Very truly yours,

Narain Kataria

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