Mumbai: Making a scathing\nattack at Narendra Modi government, former Reserve Bank of India governor\nRaghuram Rajan said its majoritarianism and authoritarianism were taking the\ncountry down a \u201cdark and uncertain path\u201d. \n\n\n\nAs reported by the Times\nof India, the former RBI head also accused the government of weakening\ninstitutions.\n\n\n\nMaking a dark prognosis\nfor the economy, Raghuram Rajan told during OP Jindal Lecture at Brown University\nin the US on October 9, that the government\u2019s economic performance is not\nsustainable. He expressed fear that there is a risk of the country going the\nLatin America way in terms of populist policies.\n\n\n\nRajan held \u201cfactors such\nas ill-conceived demonetisation and poorly executed GST\u201d responsible for the\ncurrent slowdown.\n\n\n\nBlaming centralisation\nfor the Modi government\u2019s inability to progress on the economic front, Rajan\nsaid \u201cModi did not do better in the economy during the first term because the\ngovernment is extremely centralised which puts a lot of pressure on the\nleadership, which does not have a consistent, articulated vision on how to\nachieve growth.\u201d\n\n\n\nToI further quoted him as\nsaying, \u201cMinisters are disempowered. The bureaucrats are unwilling to take\ndecisions on their own and do not have a strong idea of serious reform.\u201d Rajan\nclaimed that the bureaucracy\u2019s effectiveness has been diminished.\n\n\n\nLamenting upon P\nChidambaram\u2019s imprisonment, Rajan said \u201cEven senior officials have been held in\ncustody without upfront evidence. I do worry that the former finance minister\nhas been held in jail without trial for over a month.\u201d\n\n\n\nDrawing parallels between\nIndira Gandhi and Modi, Rajan said, \u201cBecause of the weakness of institutions\nevery government runs the risk of turning authoritarian. This was true about\nIndira Gandhi after 1971 as it is true of the Modi government in 2019.\u201d \n\n\n\nCautioning that\nmajoritarianism is taking India down a \u201cdark and uncertain path\u201d and weakening national\nsecurity, Rajan highlighted issues like triple talaq and Kashmir. He claimed majoritarian\nnationalism is intrinsically divisive because it labels a bunch of citizens the\n\u2018others\u2019 and sets impossible terms for these minorities to be considered true\ncitizens. It ends up alienating them and, as Lincoln said, a house divided by\nitself cannot stand.\n\n\n\nRajan attributed Modi\u2019s success to \u201csuperb command over social media\u201d and rebuffed the perception that Modi is respected globally, claiming that people respect Indian leaders, not because of the force of their personality but because they represent a 1.3-billion-strong market democracy growing fast.