India’s economy had some positives in 2016, but issues like joblessness, lower agricultural incomes and the demonetisation aftermath remain matters of concern.
Cases are delayed as courts have not been using statutory remedies available to them – an issue that has been noted by the Supreme Court and ex-RBI governor Raghuram Rajan.
India buys six times the merchandise it sells to China, which is its largest trade partner.
The policy statement put out by the RBI is consistent with an accommodative stance of monetary policy and has largely unexceptional goals.
Low interest rates are demanded in the name of helping small and medium-sized enterprises, but in reality, it is the over-leveraged corporates that will most likely benefit from it.
There is a need to coordinate efforts to direct credit to the crucial sectors of the economy to stimulate growth, otherwise the same mistakes made in the past with infrastructure loans will be repeated
Patel’s nomination has been hailed as an example of continuity of Raghuram Rajan’s policies; if this is so, then what was the need to let Rajan go in the first place?
An ‘inflation warrior’, Patel is the eighth deputy governor in the Reserve Bank’s history to be made its governor and the sixth with experience at the IMF.
Subbarao talks about the challenges he faced as governor of the RBI, his book “Who moved my interest rate”, and more.
“I was open for staying a little while longer to see [my initiatives] completed, but at the same time I was perfectly happy to go.”
The argument that higher education is not a merit good and the government ought to spend on school education instead, is a false binary.
Economist and professor at the University of California, Berkeley Pranab Bardhan spoke to The Wire about global discontent amongst the working class, the Modi government’s policies, the need for employment generation, the controversy around Raghuram Rajan and more.
Policy makers should conduct deeper analysis of how many subtle factors shape inflation and its effects on the Indian economy.
Women customers are made to jump through hoops to get any work done at a bank – all in the name of ‘RBI rules’.
In his letter, Yechury also demanded that the government release the names of the top 100 loan defaulters and create an action plan to monetise their assets.
The Centre is wrong in assuming that Rajan’s exit will make things easy. The institutional integrity of India’s central bank is at stake.
Among the 30-share Sensex pack, 26 stocks were in negative zone.
Surely the voice of true nationalism deserves to be heard in the real corridors of power and not on Twitter
The government’s policy will have to ensure that foreign investors and the stock markets do not lose confidence.
No matter who did what, in order to reduce possible economic uncertainty, the government’s absolute first duty is to announce a successor without delay.
The RBI governor’s no-nonsense attitude in dealing with debt default did not go down well with the big business interests, leaving the political class feeling uncomfortable and insecure.
There is no dearth of talent to replace him as head of the Reserve Bank. But the question analysts are asking is how much freedom his successor will have.
My ultimate home is in the realm of ideas, says the Reserve Bank of India governor in note to staffers
An inability to think out of the box has cost India years in terms of industrial growth and jobs
Rajan’s extension seems imminent because the global opinion appears to suggest that an extension to the RBI governor’s tenure would provide much needed stability to the domestic financial system.
It is critical to maintain a balance between the concern of corporates and the requirements of households while setting interest rates.
The Modi government needs to take swift action to bring down interest rates drastically if it wants to kick start an economic recovery
With the world’s economies growing ever more interconnected and the current recession-like conditions in many key economies, India needs to build a robust firewall in the event of a global crisis.
The most vocal campaigner is Rajya Sabha MP Subramaniam Swamy who has publicly said Raghuram Rajan must be removed
RBI governor Raghuram Rajan needs to halve India’s lending rates and allow companies to get out of debt in order to revive growth and undo five years of flawed policymaking.
Jaitley’s effort included many significant policy plans but had little to offer on reviving economic growth. Unless interest rates are lowered sharply, there is no possibility of recovery.
As long as the government wisely spends the money it borrows on high-return capital expenditure, it will crowd in private investment and ensure lasting and higher growth.
The agricultural sector has been neglected when in fact it has the potential to reboot the economy. Arun Jaitley’s focus should therefore be on revitalising agriculture. Budget 2016 provides the opportunity to do this.
With the Indian banking sector struggling with the burden of bad loans, will the government undertake radical reforms to ease the stress?
Raghuram Rajan has been talking about how the GDP gets distorted, but he could lead the conversation about making it more representative and inclusive
The current wave of deregulation puts India at risk of a massive economic crisis triggered by a sudden waning of investor confidence.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made a counter argument that India’s economy is far more resilient today than it was in 2008. He probably knows, not many in Davos would have agreed with him.
The stock markets are falling, the rupee is sliding; this may be time for ideas such as taxes on capital outflows
The Modi government should have internalised the lessons from the entrepreneurial and innovative ecosystems that emerged in Silicon Valley and Eindhoven rather than relying on sops and entitlements for entrepreneurs.
Contrary to the NDA’s political claims, the overall emerging picture does not indicate a revival of the economy as had been stated in early 2015. Consequently, the government’s economic managers will remain in fire-fighting mode in 2016.