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Government or state banks - who is to blame for India's slowdown?

After elections, the next government should not dodge the need for more radical reforms

Inflation, growth, investors
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Neelkanth Mishra | Bloomberg
India, the world's fastest growing large economy, is slowing: There has been a visible deceleration in activity in the past six months. It started with slowing sales of autos and some durable goods and has spread from there. Airline traffic growth is down; companies are now saying sales of consumer staples such as soaps and detergents have begun to weaken, too. Even as the hunt for reasons for the slowdown begins, the main culprit appears to be a familiar one: the still largely government-owned financial system.

The issue is that there isn’t enough money in the economy. For much of the

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First Published: Apr 22 2019 | 6:33 AM IST

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