‘My wife will leave me if I join politics’: Ex-RBI governor

NEW DELHI: ‘My wife will leave me if I join politics’ is the statement made by none other than Raghuram Rajan, former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI).

The 56-year-old ace economist in an interview with Livemint,said, “First, my wife has said she will not stay with me if I join politics… Politics everywhere is similar. It is not particularly noisy or whatever, I don’t have any taste for it. Somebody else can give the speeches and gain the votes,” Rajan was quoted in the report.

There were reports that Raghuram will join politics post the BJP led NDA government denying him a second term as RBI governor. Ending all speculations, the former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) said he is happy to be in academics and will not be ‘floating a party’. “My writings are all out there, you know my views. The point is I have no interest in politics. Absolutely none”, Rajan added.

During the interview, Rajan said that he doesn’t find any dissimilarities between NDA and UPA. “There is continuity in governance. NDA looks a lot like what UPA did — emphasised the same thing like GST, Direct Benefit Transfer, Aadhaar. If you tick off all the reforms that have been done, there is a continuity in that. The question again is, is that good news? It goes back to, can we afford the average? And the job situation would suggest that we really need to think about do we need a reboot,” he pointed out.