When RBI Governor Duvvuri Subbarao had his tenure extended last year, a TV channel reported that 90 percent of bankers, economists and bond dealers in a poll felt the extension was good for the economy.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram usually does not talk to the throng of news-hungry reporters and cameramen gathered outside the gates of the red sandstone colonial building which houses the finance ministry. A ‘no comment’ or ‘I don’t have anything to say’ suffices on an ordinary day. Tuesday, however, was not an ordinary day.
India’s central bank chief Duvvuri Subbarao may not be an established economist or a career banker, but he has a rare set of skills — of an administrator, non-conservative thinker with degrees in physics and economics — who can take on the group wisdom of economists and markets.