Attempt to turn minorities into second class citizens will divide country: Raghuram Rajan

Former Reserve Bank of India Governor and renowned economist Raghuram Rajan on Saturday warned that any attempt to turn a large minority into “second class citizens” will divide the country.

Rajan was speaking at the 5th conclave of All India Professionals Congress, a wing of the Congress party in Raipur.

“In this age of geopolitical turmoil, it will weaken us and also make the country vulnerable to foreign meddling,” Rajan said.

Rajan further pointed out that the ongoing crisis in Sri Lanka was an example of what happens when a country’s politicians try to deflect a job crisis by targeting minorities.

“It does not lead to anywhere good,” he said.

The economist also said that there is a notion among some quarters in India that its democracy holds back economic development and that we need a strong, even authoritarian, leadership with few checks and balances to grow.

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