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The uncertainties and risks faced by the Indian economy, including geopolitical tensions......

The uncertainties and risks faced by the Indian economy, including geopolitical tensions, volatile financial markets, and disruptions in global food and fuel supplies. It also highlights the impact of rising U.S. bond yields and signals from central banks around the world.

  • The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has maintained its GDP growth projection of 6.5% for the year.

  • The RBI Governor has highlighted new uncertainties that have emerged since the monetary policy review.

  • The Israel-Hamas conflict has widened and there are concerns about its implications on global food, fuel, and fertilizer supplies.

  • Disruptions or price spikes in fuel and fertilizer imports could impact India's macro-economic framework.

  • Rising U.S. bond yields, mixed data points, and signals from central banks around the world are also causing anxiety.

  • There has been a sharp sell-off on Indian bourses this week, the largest since July.

  • The RBI's outlook towards the risks to growth is uncertain.

  • The Finance Ministry is optimistic about the economy, stating that growth remains on track, inflation is easing, and consumption and investment demand are strengthening.

  • Crude oil prices in the July-September quarter were lower than previous quarters.

  • The weak foreign trade picture is expected to recover and industrial job creation prospects are high for the next two quarters.

  • Demand for housing and vehicle loans reflects increased confidence in households.

  • However, there are concerns about a slump in small car sales, weak rural demand for consumer non-durables, and IT firms scaling down growth and hiring expectations.

  • There is a need to address the uneven recovery to support broader investment revival.

It is important to understand the role of civil services in a democracy. This article discusses the influence of marketing strategies on film critics and the impact it has on their reviews.

  • Film studios have built marketing strategies around big-budget releases, relying on influencers and select journalists to generate positive reviews.

  • The success of the film Barbie is cited as an example of how this strategy can pay off, with early positive reviews contributing to its record-breaking collections.

  • In India, critics are invited to advance screenings and given access to talent based on their previous reviews.

Exclusive merchandise and press junket invites are extended to those who have supported the studio or streamer's previous offerings.

  • Journalists are no longer able to directly contact stars and set up interactions, and negative critiques can result in being excluded from mailing lists.

  • Movie marketing is important and some PR professionals try to control critics' opinions to prevent negative reviews.

  • Instagram/YouTube stars are being used as interviewers to reach a wider audience.

  • Film journalists often feel pressured to write positive reviews or nothing at all to maintain access and avoid backlash.

  • Negative opinions about a superstar's project can lead to online trolling and account deactivation for journalists.

  • The behavior of social media hordes represents an anti-democratic and anti-intellectual mindset harmful to the cause of art.

  • Critics are made to feel guilty for writing negative reviews as theatres struggle to recover in a post-Covid world.

  • Journalists are encouraged to resist the PR overdrive and maintain fair and engaging criticism

  • The hope is that journalists will continue to challenge their audiences

  • Playing the long game as a journalist may eventually pay off

  • Movies can serve as a source of motivation and inspiration for journalists.

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