India has named a new top central banker.
Urjit Patel will assume the role with the Reserve Bank of India on September 4.
His predecessor, Raghuram Rajan, announced in June that he would step down as RBI governor, setting off a wave of speculation over the circumstances of his departure and the future of India’s economy.
A former IMF chief economist, Rajan tamed inflation, slowed the rupee’s decline and made a valiant effort to shake up India’s antiquated banks. Yet he was the first RBI governor in more than two decades to not have his first contract renewed.
Despite his sterling credentials, Rajan was made head of the central bank while the Congress Party was in government, and there were questions over the level of support he enjoyed once the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) took power.
Subramanian Swamy, a famouly combative BJP official, had accused Rajan of “wrecking the economy” and being “mentally not fully Indian.”
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