This time again Mr. Pignal tells us that invites have been sent to journos for today’s meeting but TheEconomist is not invited:
Invites to next RBI press conference have gone out. Sad to say
@TheEconomist again not invited. Journalists trying to figure out who is.
He also says some other journalist who has been critical of the demonetisation policy has not been invited without naming the person.
This is just needless really. One does not know why these invites are sent. All journos should be allowed if they fit basic guidelines and manners. The central bank should not really disallow a journalist who is critical of monetary policy. It should actually welcome criticism and look to answer questions from critics first. There is no point in having journalists who are merely going to nod heads and ask meek/usual questions.
We are increasingly told by the government and its esteemed advisers that demonetisation is such a great idea and so on. After all the Central Bank and its Board agreed and advised the government on the idea. Now we are told discussions were on since Februray 2016 on the move.
In such a case, why get into needless controversy. Just let critics come and look to answer their questions.
One does not know what is going on really. New lows for Indian central bank..