He duly demanded rate cuts, but predicting financial meltdown? Subramaniam Swamy locked horns with Raghuram Rajan with very little!

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He is an economist, but he is a politician, too. So when he says that the Indian economy is staring at doomsday, is Swamy being the responsible Indian by sending early warning signals to the caretakers of the Indian economy, or is there a more deep-rooted angle to the red flag he has raised?

Subramaniam Swamy, Raghuram Rajan

By forecasting an imminent crash between this November and February, 2016, Swamy could be trying to stain RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan’s report card, many market experts have suggested. If there is a threat of the economy collapsing under Rajan’s watch, it’s likely that the axe would fall on him.

The maverick Bharatiya Janata Party leader implored the Prime Minister to instruct the Reserve Bank of India Governor to either cut interest rates, or face sacking.

Swamy wrote: “Based on my reading of the various indicators of Indian economy, I feel compelled to inform you that the economy is in its early phase of a tailspin. If curative measures are not taken then a major crash is inevitable between the coming November and February, 2016.”

Subramaniam Swamy, Raghuram Rajan

He even tweeted: “PM must make clear to RBI Gov: Rate cut now or Rajan cut right away”. He even offered quite a few recommendations aimed at resurrecting the economy.

But why is Swamy making it personal? Because otherwise, it doesn’t make much sense to go after an entirely capable economist. Rajan had pointed out in August that the Central Bank had cut interest rates thrice in the year and were still willing to take it down furthermore. Had Rajan been resisting the rate cut, Swamy’s outburst would have made some sense, at least. But cutting interest rates is not a contentious matter.

Swamy is going out of his way to invoke Modi’s attention, to feed him with data that manifests a fragile economy, headed for disastrous crash.

Subramaniam Swamy, Raghuram Rajan

Economists inform that we don’t look as bad as many other currencies. In fact, we have strengthened quite a bit over the last year-and-a-half because of the nearly 20 per cent depreciation of the euro. Similar is the case with the rupee and the yen. The stock markets in China, and much of the rest of the world, appears to have calmed down in September after the turmoil of August. A slowdown in the Chinese economy isn’t really a bad thing actually, when you consider that Modi is trying to lure manufacturers with his ‘Make in India’ pitch.

Market experts believe India is not as vulnerable to external shocks as many other Asian countries, as exports are a relatively lower share of total GDP than many east Asian countries such as South Korea, Thailand or Malaysia.

In such a light, Swamy’s radical statement could be seen simply as an attempt to steer the hornet’s nest, create a situation of negativity around Rajan’s domain, and make him seem liable for the imminent crash.

Subramaniam Swamy, Raghuram Rajan

Swamy, and the BJP, should remember that Congress lost power in 2014 because of its inability to arrest inflation. The government should take the corrective measures as outlined by the RBI Governor and the likes, but Dr Swamy’s assessment cannot be ignored just because, besides being an economist in his own right, he also dons a politician’s hat.

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  1. The statement of Dr.Subramanyam Swami ,though politically motivated cannot be ignored. Dr.Rajan is an eminent Economist who was appointed as the Governor of Reserve Bank by the previous governament to regulate and to straighten up the current economic situation prevailing in our country and he is the right person for the right job at present.The poor economic growth in our country is attributed to the fall in oil prices,collapse of economy in Greece and other external factors. But Dr.Rajan has always advocated to cut the interest rates to boost our Economy keeping in view of our GDP as 07 percent for which Dr.Swamy should shower accolades instead of criticising him. Dr.Rajan can anticipate and regulate the finances but the GDP depends upon the investors who invest in Large scale industries,Power sector and infrastructure which creates prosperity in the form of more revenue. The statement of Dr.Rajan and the finance minister mainly focuses on the development of Reality business and the Automobile for reducing the interest rates which is dissapointing and if there is no comprehensive development in other sectors our GDP will never improve inspite of this concession.

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