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Indian central banking independence — put into perspective

By Kenneth Akintewe, Senior Investment Manager, Fixed Income — Asia, Aberdeen

A recent proposal by the Indian government has caused quite a stir in central banking circles because at the heart of the credibility of central banking lies a decision-making process that is independent of government intervention — or at least one that is seen to be.

But headlines can be deceiving.

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