The jump from despondency to euphoria after relief rallies in Indian stocks and the currency is unwarranted
The kind of commentary that has greeted the arrival of Raghuram Rajan at the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) betrays the absence of serious thinking in the country. He might have warned of financial sector imbalances in the world but I do not think he would have predicted that India would greet his arrival with commentary that is blatantly sexist. Imagine the reaction that would have awaited male journalists writing about a good-looking lady governor at the central bank. There is far too much of escapism and denial on display. That is why most commentary has jumped from being despondent to euphoric on a fortnight of relief rally in Indian stocks and the currency. Market prices often overshoot on either side before settling down in the middle.