New Delhi: As fallout ensued from the Mumbai terrorist attacks, home minister P. Chidambaram remained the most cited Indian voice in the world media in December. Chidambaram was at centrestage as the United Progressive Alliance, or UPA, sought to regain the political space conceded to the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP, after terror attacks on 12 cities in seven months. He spearheaded several policy initiatives including a revamp of the security apparatus and the enactment of new laws, one of which seeks to create a .National Investigation Agency to probe terrorist attacks. Chidambaram had been the most cited Indian as well in October and November, which he began as finance minister and ended as home minister, replacing Shivraj Patil in the hot seat after the the three-day terrorist siege of Mumbai.
Chidambaram received 363 citations in the global media from among Mint’s 20-member group of influencers in December. His was also the most quoted voice in the local media in the month with 1,052 citations. Tata group chairman Ratan Tata retained the number two slot for a third month as the conglomerate recovered from the Mumbai attacks that targeted its flagship hotel, the Taj Mahal Palace and Towers, among others. Reserve Bank of India governor D. Subbarao was the third most cited Indian in the global media as the central bank pursued efforts to loosen credit and bolster a slowing economy.
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 or governments 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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