With India trailing China on economic growth after demonetisation, former RBI governor Raghuram Rajan has said the government should not have done “chest-thumping” on being the fastest-growing economy without achieving very strong GDP expansion for 10 years.
He said India can lecture the world on things such as culture and history, but on growth, it should do that only after achieving 8-10 per cent rate for 10 years.
Dr Rajan courted controversy when in April last year he had called rising India a one-eyed king in the land of blind.
BJP Rajya Sabha MP Subramanian Swamy had then called for his sacking, saying he was “mentally not fully Indian”.
Refusing to comment on Dr Swamy’s remarks, Dr Rajan said his comment was taken out of context.
“Not that I was forecasting anything; I was merely saying we have to be a little cautious about being too bullish about ourselves. That remark was made in April 2016, every quarter since then, our growth has fallen. So, I would argue in hindsight, and I didn’t have any reason to believe that would be the case, but caution was warranted,” he maintained.
“There are so many other things that we can lecture the rest of the world — cultural achievements, historical achievements etc, but on growth, let us lecture once we have achieved another 10 years of 8-10 per cent,” he advised.
“We should not go chest-thumping. I would prefer that we establish another 10 years of very strong growth of 8-10 per cent.”...