PM Modi remains India’s ‘Most Searched Personality’ in Yahoo India Year in Review

The Ayodhya verdict SC judges have been named Personality of the Year

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Published: Dec 2, 2019 5:38 PM  | 5 min read
Yahoo India

Yahoo India has announced the 2019 Year in Review (YIR) for India to offer a definitive look at the year’s top trends, happenings and events, based on users’ daily search habits and an editorial selection of what they read, recommended and shared most on Yahoo.

The YIR also looked back at the events that defined this decade (2000-2019) and revisited the trends and newsmakers that caught the imagination of users over the last 10 years.

Ayodhya verdict is top event of the decade
The Ayodhya verdict claimed the No. 1 spot on this list, with an avalanche of interest online. The Abrogation of Article 370 came in at No. 2, with the decriminalisation of Article 377 and India’s 2011 World Cup win also making it to the ‘Top Indian Events of the Decade.’ The Nirbhaya rape case also found a place on this list – etched forever in the collective consciousness of Indians online. This year also marked the end of a decade during which India discovered its love for the internet and the smartphone, earning the telecom and smartphone revolution a place on this list.

Aamir stars in decade’s top movie
Actor Aamir Khan has come out right on top in the list. ‘Dangal’ was the ‘biggest blockbuster of the decade’ in a list dominated by the Khans with Bajrangi Bhaijaan, PK, Sultan and Chennai Express grabbing spots on the list.

2010-2019: Revisiting a decade
In 2010, actress Katrina Kaif was YIR’s top Newsmaker of the Year. In 2019, she still holds her own on YIR lists (Most Searched Female Celebrity and Best Dressed on the Red Carpet). The years 2011 and 2012 respectively belonged to activist Anna Hazare and AAP chief Arvind Kejriwal.

The year 2013 will be remembered as the year (now PM) Narendra Modi made his presence felt among India’s ‘Most Searched Personalities’.

The Year 2016 belonged to three champion sportswomen who cracked the typically cricket-dominated ‘Most Searched Sportspersons’ list – PV Sindhu, Sakshi Malik and Dipa Karmakar. We will also remember 2016 for demonetization.

In 2017, BJP’s Amit Shah walked away with the title of Top Newsmaker. The following year, India’s #MeToo Survivors sealed their place as YIR’s 2018 Personality of the Year.

One Indian who has been a constant fixture on YIR lists through most of the decade is PM Modi – he has not just dominated the ‘Most Searched Politicians’ and ‘Most Searched Personalities’ lists, but in 2017 also made it to the list of ‘Most Stylish Indians’.

2019 Personality of the Year: Five SC judges who delivered historic Ayodhya verdict
A five-judge Constitution Bench of the Supreme Court delivered a ‘historic’ verdict in the Ayodhya case. The SC Bench – comprising Justice Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Sharad Arvind Bobde, Justice DY Chandrachud, Justice Ashok Bhushan and Justice S Abdul Nazeer – laid to rest this century-old dispute and emerged as YIR’s ‘Personality of the Year.’

PM Modi joined by M S Dhoni and Priyanka Chopra Jonas on ‘Most Searched Personality’ list
On the back of a landslide victory in the Indian General Elections, Prime Minister Narendra Modi was this year’s Most Searched Personality – a position he also held in 2018. Celebrities such as cricketer MS Dhoni and actor Priyanka Chopra Jonas joined PM Modi on this list, along with a surprise entrant. Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman broke into the top 10 list as Indians tracked his dramatic capture and release online. BJP leader Arun Jaitley’s untimely death was mourned by Indians of every political hue who honored him with a place on this list.

Mamata Banerjee is one of India’s top-searched politicians and most powerful women
PM Modi topped the list of Most Searched Politicians of 2019 with Chief Minister of West Bengal Mamata Banerjee claiming the No. 2 spot, edging out Congress leader Rahul Gandhi, who had to settle for the No. 3 position.

Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, Mamata Banerjee and Union Minister Smriti Irani were India’s top 3 most powerful women in 2019. Sports champions Harmanpreet Kaur and PV Sindhu also found a place on the list, with filmmaker Zoya Akhtar whose film Gully Boy is headed for the Oscars also bagged a place in the top 10.

Salman & Sunny unbeaten as most searched male and female celebs
Salman Khan is again the most searched male celebrity of 2019 with social media favourites Amitabh Bachchan and Akshay Kumar making it to the top 3. Fans also bid goodbye to thespian Girish Karnad who passed away in 2019, giving him a place in the top 10. Actress Sunny Leone was once again Most Searched Female Celebrity of 2019 – a position she has held through most of the decade, pushing actresses Priyanka Chopra Jonas and Deepika Padukone lower down this list.

Start-up founders rub shoulders with big guns as top business newsmakers
Mukesh Ambani predictably was the Top Business Newsmaker of 2019. The No. 2 spot went to Gautam Adani. Start-up founders like Nykaa’s Falguni Nayar, Paytm’s Vijay Shekhar Sharma and OYO’s Ritesh Agarwal reinforced that this is a new India by claiming their place on this list.

PV Sindhu elbows her way into cricket-dominated list
Cricketer MS Dhoni was the Most Searched Sports Personality of 2019. Fans obsession with the ‘will he, won’t he’ speculation over Dhoni’s retirement kept him in the spotlight online. While cricketers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli completed the top 3, shuttler PV Sindhu was the only non-cricketer who grabbed a spot on this list.

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