Theregained lost ground on Monday after a knee-jerk reaction to Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor ’s decision over the weekend to quit after his term ends. Jim Rogers, chairman of Rogers Holdings and author of Street Smarts: Adventures on the Road andin the Markets, tells Puneet Wadhwa that Prime Minister Narendra Modi knows what needs to be done in India, but is reluctant to do it. The markets, he says, may react negatively in the short run, but will go up once the new governor takes charge and prints more money. Edited excerpts:
What is your interpretation of the sudden exit by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor?
This is more of the same from Mr Narendra Modi. He always talks of making changes in India, but he doesn’t. He has got his own people and he is also putting more of his people in power. He does not like Raghuram Rajan , who recently quit as the central bank head because he was cleaning up the banks and was against crony capitalism. So, Mr Modi knows what needs to be done in India, but is reluctant to do it. Mr Modi ran his election campaign on the platform that he is going to change and save India. Unfortunately, he hasn’t done much of that till now. This (Raghuram Rajan’s exit) is just another sign of unwillingness of Mr Modi to change things..