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S.S.Tarapore, an economist, joined the Reserve Bank of India in 1961 as Research Officer and retired in 1996 as Deputy Governor. Since retirement he has been associated with a number of official committees and has been a financial columnist in various financial dailies since 1997. At present he is a fortnightly columnist with the Hindu Business Line.

Better safe than sorry

RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan seems alert to uncertainties on account of growth, inflation and capital flows »

Fiscal correction not to be trifled with

The move to set up an expenditure management commission is a step in the right direction »

Devious agenda to erode RBI’s autonomy

The new government should examine the intent of the Financial Sector Legislative Reforms Commission »

Let’s get real about this Budget

Given the fiscal deficit, carving out a growth stimulus will not be an easy task »

Wait and watch till August

In its June 3 policy, RBI was constrained by lack of information on the fiscal side. It, however, did well to boost confidence »

An agenda for the first hundred days

The new government should prune wasteful subsidies, offload excess food stocks — and not breathe down the RBI’s neck »

How to manage portfolio capital flows

The key is to evolve a hierarchy of choices on capital inflows and outflows, rather than tar them with the same brush »

Why not a ‘Post Bank of India’?

Using the massive India Post network for banking services would give a big push to financial inclusion »

A policy with clarity of purpose

It is gratifying to see the RBI’s commitment to inflation as well as its attempts to tweak repo borrowing norms »

The RBI should look beyond short term

Not much has moved on the macroeconomic front and, hence, the next policy review should focus on long-term goals »
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