Concerns over economy keep FM on top

Concerns over economy keep FM on top

New Delhi: Finance minister Pranab Mukherjee and Reserve Bank of India governor D. Subbarao were the top Indian newsmakers in December as inflation, rising on the back of galloping food prices, led to concerns that the government may wind up economic stimulus measures and the central bank could raise interest rates. Mukherjee was cited 628 times in the global media and 1,073 times in the Indian media. Subbarao followed with 174 and 275 citations, respectively, rising three places in the global media and two notches in the local media from November to the second rank from among Mint’s 20-member group of influencers.

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In December, Tata group chairman Ratan Tata, the estranged Ambani brothers, commerce minister Anand Sharma and Bharti Airtel Ltd’s Sunil Mittal were among the 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. In the case of global media, the index is collectively a surrogate for the growing or waning interest in India.

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