New Delhi: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee extended his reign as India’s top newsmaker to a seventh month on the trot as inflation, accelerating on the back of a surge in food prices, stokes concerns about an end to economic stimulus and the direction of interest rates. Mukherjee was the most quoted Indian in the global media with 444 citations; in the local media, he was cited 871 times.
Commerce minister Anand Sharma was the second most cited Indian voice in both the global and local media from among Mint’s 20-member group of influencers, as the pace of contraction in exports slows amid signs of a recovery in global demand.
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With the economy and its recovery from last year’s downturn staying at the top of the nation’s concerns, Mukherjee has been the most frequently quoted Indian voice in terms of media citations since the Congress-led United Progressive Alliance (UPA) returned to power by winning the April-May general election.
In November, Tata group chairman Ratan Tata, the feuding Ambani brothers and Reserve Bank of India governor D. Subbarao remained in the list of top 10.
The Mint Influencers Index is a monthly objective measure based on media analysis by Dow Jones Insight, which tracks these leaders, looking at the volume of
media citings for each of them as a proxy for their rising or waning influence. The assumption is that visibility and share of voice is good for them and their companies, and in the case of global media, collectively the index is a good surrogate for the growing or waning interest in India.
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