New Delhi: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee, who pledged fiscal rectitude in a national budget that enthused foreign investors and sparked a stock market rally, was the nation’s top newsmaker in February. Mukherjee, whose 26 February Budget was his second in less than eight months, was cited 759 times in the global media and 2,288 times in the Indian media last month. Reserve Bank of India governor D. Subbarao was second, with 153 and 308 citations, respectively, in the global and Indian media amid speculation about when and by how much the central bank would raise key interest rates to douse inflation. With 146 citations, Bharti Airtel chairman Sunil Mittal, who is trying to acquire the African assets of Kuwaiti telecom firm Zain, was the third most quoted Indian voice in the global media last month from among Mint’s 20-member group of influencers.
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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. In the case of global media, the index is collectively a surrogate for growing or waning interest in India.
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