April 04, 2016

If Britain had applied current bank regulations when it was developing, it might even have found itself below India

Sir, you write: “Even if one puts to one side doubts about India’s economic statistics, private investment remains weak. The government has rightly emphasized improved administration, faster decision-making and greater ease of doing business” and you quote Eswar Prasad of Cornell University ideas with “Markets for land and capital remain distorted. Several public sector banks are in dire shape. They need recapitalization and radical reform”, “Modi fails to exploit India’s great opportunity” April 4.

But again you fail to mention the fact that the Basel Committee’s credit risk weighted capital requirements for banks, which by favoring “the safe” disfavor “the risky”, is as anti-development and pro-inequality as can be.

Do you really think that allowing banks to earn higher expected risk adjusted returns on equity with “the safe” than with “the risky” is the way to go for a country that has not reached sufficient altitude climbing the mountain of development?

And it is not that these bank regulations keep you high up, they also impose a fast descent. With it Britain has expelled its spirited and adventurous risk taking and embraced the risk aversion of the scared.

Hello India, we, Britain, will soon catch up with you, while climbing down.

When the Bible says “But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy peace and prosperity” I am sure it was not to excessive risk-adverseness it was referring.

@PerKurowski ©