RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said that the government has not yet 'asked' him to continue as governor after his term ends on September 4, 2016. He said this in an interview with the financial daily, The Economic Times.   In the past one month, there has been endless speculation about the equations between the government and the RBI governor — whether Rajan would be given a cold shoulder, or offered another term, or invited to play a different role.

 

 "That question, I can't answer. First I have to be asked, 'Do you want to continue?' Then, I can answer," said Rajan at the Shiv Nadar University on Saturday when ET asked him whether he would like a second term as the RBI boss.

 

There is a widely shared perception in financial markets and banking circles that the Centre may find it difficult to refuse a second term to Rajan if he were keen on continuing. But as of now, the Chicago school economist — who in the past three years has positioned himself as an inflation warrior — is keeping options open. "I love teaching. I will go back to academia once I am done with my work here," Rajan said in a meeting with the Shiv Nadar University's faculty.

 

The governor was the chief guest at the second convocation of the university, which was founded in 2011. Even though corporate India and local markets have criticised Rajan's policy to keep interest rates high and liquidity tight, foreign portfolio managers, who have gained from high rates and a stable rupee, have been vocal admirers of Rajan.

 Last week, Christopher Wood, equity strategist at brokerage and investment group CLSA, said the biggest risk to the Indian bond and currency market will be if the RBI governor is not given a second term.

 

RBI governor Raghuram Rajan said that the government has not yet 'asked' him to continue as governor after his term ends on September 4, 2016. He said this in an interview with The Economic Times.   In the past one month, there has been endless speculation about the equations between the government and the RBI governor — whether Rajan would be given a cold shoulder, or offered another term, or invited to play a different role.

 

 "That question, I can't answer. First I have to be asked, 'Do you want to continue?' Then, I can answer," said Rajan at the Shiv Nadar University on Saturday when ET asked him whether he would like a second term as the RBI boss.

 

There is a widely shared perception in financial markets and banking circles that the Centre may find it difficult to refuse a second term to Rajan if he were keen on continuing. But as of now, the Chicago school economist — who in the past three years has positioned himself as an inflation warrior — is keeping options open. "I love teaching. I will go back to academia once I am done with my work here," Rajan said in a meeting with the Shiv Nadar University's faculty.

 

The governor was the chief guest at the second convocation of the university, which was founded in 2011. Even though corporate India and local markets have criticised Rajan's policy to keep interest rates high and liquidity tight, foreign portfolio managers, who have gained from high rates and a stable rupee, have been vocal admirers of Rajan.

 Last week, Christopher Wood, equity strategist at brokerage and investment group CLSA, said the biggest risk to the Indian bond and currency market will be if the RBI governor is not given a second term.