‘Was Messi…’: RBI Guv to critics cornering him over his educational background

RBI Governor Shaktikanta Das On Wednesday the ‘chief central bank governor of history’ responded to a taunt that questioned whether Argentine football legend Lionel Messi is also a history graduate.

Anchoring a fiery conversation at a summit organized by Business Standard, an interviewer compares his position with that of a rival Messi at a football field in QatarTo which the slave replied with intelligence.

Das said, “It doesn’t matter, but was Messi also a post-graduate in history? Not often, but I am sometimes reminded by people that I should have done history.”

Das, a bureaucrat with a master’s degree in history from Delhi University’s St Stephen’s College, was brought in as the governor of the Reserve Bank of India. Urjit Patel’s sudden exit in December 2018 After differences with the Govt.

Das, the first non-economist governor of the RBI in 28 years, recently completed four years at the helm, steering the ship amid choppy waters and facing crises such as the Covid pandemic and a spike in inflation following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Since his appointment, many critics, especially on social media, have been emphasizing Das’s academic record as a history graduate, while in defense often holding high positions including work as Economic Affairs in the Ministry of Finance But point to his long tenure. Secretary and G-20 Sherpa of India to lead the central bank to drive home his credentials.

Meanwhile, Das briefly reminisced about his student life in New Delhi during a fireside chat, mentioning how a DTC (Delhi Transport Corporation) bus route number made him remember complex numbers on lending rate hikes in the system. helps to keep

Das admitted that it is very difficult to remember numbers like the 117 basis points (bps) lending rate hike in the system, but “visualising” the bus route number has helped him.

“The lending rates have gone up by about 117 bps. I remember 117 because in my student days they had a DTC bus numbered 117,” quipped Das.

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