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Long-term desire to go back to academia, says RBI governor Rajan

Refusing to comment on intense speculation over his tenure extension, RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said on Wednesday he has very “cordial” relations with finance minister Arun Jaitley and his long-term desire is to go back to the academia.

business Updated: Jun 08, 2016 18:41 IST
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Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan
Reserve Bank of India governor Raghuram Rajan(PTI Photo)

Refusing to comment on intense speculation over his tenure extension, RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said on Wednesday he has very “cordial” relations with finance minister Arun Jaitley and his long-term desire is to go back to the academia.

Rajan, who has been outspoken on various issues, also praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for ending the government’s interferences in public sector banks.

Terming his relationship with the government “extremely cordial,” the governor said: “There has never been a serious disagreement between me and Mr Arun Jaitley”.

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“It’s extremely cordial. Whether it’s Mr (P) Chidambaram (former finance minister), whether it’s secretary to government, whether Mr Jaitley whether it is anybody else, all conversations are respectful of each other’s position and informative,” he told a television channel.

Refusing to talk about his extension, Rajan said: “I cannot confirm or deny. As the FM has said, wait for the announcement. My tenure is till September 4; so between now and then the announcement will come.

“My long-term desire is to go back to academia for teaching, for research and for thinking. This would be my best destination,” he said.

On BJP MP Subramanian Swamy’s comment that he is “mentally not fully Indian”, Rajan said “there are certain allegations which are fundamentally wrong and baseless” and addressing them would amount to giving them legitimacy.

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“I think when you think about Indianess, when you think about love for your country, it’s very complicated thing. For every person there is a different way that you show respect for your country...my mother-in-law will say karmayogi is the way to go-do your work.”

He further said that he “welcomes genuine criticism of our policy but will not address ad hominem attacks” or allegations against him as individual instead of the policies and the position he holds.