Mukherjee stays at Centre stage

Mukherjee stays at Centre stage

New Delhi: For the fourth month in a row, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee was India’s top newsmaker from among Mint’s 20-member group of influencers, as concerns deepened in August about drought resulting from deficient monsoon rains.

The spectre of drought loomed just when the economy seemed set to rebound from the fallout of the global recession. Mukherjee, the government’s chief troubleshooter, was quick with reassurances that India had the wherewithal including ample foodgrain stocks, to combat the impact of the drought.

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The minister topped the list in terms of citings in both the global and Indian media.Commerce minister Anand Sharma was the second most cited Indian in the global media in the month that he announced the government’s trade policy and efforts to revive stalled international trade talks gained momentum.

In the Indian media, billionaire businessman Anil Ambani was No. 2 as a dispute between his Reliance Natural Resources Ltd and his elder brother Mukesh Ambani’s Reliance Industries Ltd over gas supplies from the latter’s Krishna-Godavari fields raged on.

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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 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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