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Forget recession, soft landing for India means faster growth, if not the fastest

Forget recession, soft landing for India means faster growth, if not the fastest

Soft landing means faster, if not faster, growth for India

India’s central bank, which last month “swore to do”whatever it takes“To fight inflation, it is expected to refocus efforts toward its own version of soft landing where it tackles price gains, while trying to ensure that growth is among the world’s fastest. keep making

Economists look to RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das and his monetary policy panel colleagues to start dial down After a weaker-than-expected recovery in the last quarter, the pace of interest rate hikes has picked up this month.

GDP expansion of 13.5 per cent in the April-June period was lower than the RBI’s 16.2 per cent estimate, a red flag for policymakers, who have been consistent in their messaging about the need to sustain growth.

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“I see the soft landing of policy rates as a trajectory that minimizes growth sacrifice,” said Jayant Ram Verma, member of RBI’s rate-setting panel.

Mr Verma, a monetary policy hawk, had voted in favor of a half-point hike at the August meeting, when Das promised to return inflation to his target of 2 to 6 per cent from around 7 per cent.

Economists at Goldman Sachs Group Inc have already cut India’s growth forecast from 7.2 per cent to 7 per cent, while Citigroup Inc has cut it more sharply to 6.7 per cent.

The country, which was the world’s fastest-growing major economy last year, is set to lose that spot to Saudi Arabia this year, according to International Monetary Fund estimates in July.

Deutsche Bank AG looks at RBI, who delivered 140 basis points Rate hikes have now been slowed from here to quarter-point adjustments, including two half-point increments since May.

Arup Raha, chief economist for Asia-Pacific with Oxford Economics, said after some more growth, India could reach the end of the rate-growth cycle.

“There are a lot of uncertainties for policymakers to consider,” he said. “If they’re going to make a mistake, they’re trying to spur growth as long as inflation expectations remain stable.”

Beyond rates, the RBI is taking steps to protect the rupee, as it has broken from 80 to the dollar level several times, which in turn helps check imported inflation.

Those interventions have made the Indian currency one of the most flexible in Asia so far this year.

Elsewhere in the region, the Malaysian ringgit and Philippine peso have fallen to multi-year lows amid a strengthening of the dollar, on hopes the US Federal Reserve will go ahead with a bigger hike to tame inflation.

This is likely to compel monetary officials, including the Pilipinas’ Bangko Central, to closely monitor the Fed’s actions.

For India, the dynamics are quite different.

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Sonal Verma, economist at Nomura Holdings Inc., said, “India does not need to be in sync with the US Fed.”

“India did not overheat like the US and there is no wage-price spiral. No one should expect that India will slip into recession, nor should one sacrifice growth too much for a central bank targeting inflation,” she said.

With the help of Vrushti Beniwal.

(Except for the title, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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