Raghuram Rajan on Joining Politics: ‘My Wife Will Leave Me If I Do So’
File image of former RBI Governor Raghuram Rajan | (Photo Credits: PTI)

New Delhi, April 26: Raghuram Rajan, former governor of the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) says he has no plans of joining politics because his wife won't stay with him if he does so! In an interview with Livemint, the 56-year-old said he doesn’t think he will ever join politics because it will do no good to his family life. According to a report by the Livemint, when Rajan was asked if he has something against joining politics, he said he doesn’t have a taste for it. Raghuram Rajan Says Capitalism Under 'Serious Threat', Failing to Address Economic Challenges.

“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.

Ending all speculations, the former chief economist at the International Monetary Fund (IMF) who was denied a second term as RBI governor by the BJP government, said he is happy 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, when Rajan was asked if the BJP coming back to power or a new one, he said, has to contemplate on the future of the reforms and that jobs “will be no 1 for any new government”. He said NDA looks a lot like what UPA like emphasising the same thing like GST, Direct Benefit Transfer, Aadhaar. When Rajan was asked about what possible challenges like before the next government, he said, whether it is the continuing government or a new government, it has to contemplate on the reforms future.