Off The Cuff with Montek Singh Ahluwalia

18 February, 2020 4:59 pm IST

Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former deputy chairperson of the Planning Commission and a noted economist was the guest at ThePrint’s ‘Off the Cuff’ in New Delhi.

Ahluwalia, who was closely involved with India’s reform journey over the last few decades, said India is not on track to become a $5 trillion economy by 2024. For that, the finance minister has to first be upfront on the state of the economy, he said, urging the government to engage with industry and protect the credibility of Indian statistics.

He was also critical about rising protectionism and termed the government’s decision to not join the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership or RCEP a big mistake.

Ahluwalia, who recently authored a book Backstage, was all praise for Manmohan Singh and his stint first as the finance minister and then the Prime Minister of India.

On a lighter note, Ahluwalia said that he cannot explain the difference between the functioning of Niti Aayog and the Planning Commission since he does not exactly know what Niti Aayog does.’

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From left: Shekhar Gupta, chairman & editor-in-chief, ThePrint; Remya Nair, Senior Associate Editor, ThePrint; Montek Singh Ahluwalia, former deputy chairman of Planning Commission

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Dr. Jaiwant K. Rangi, endocrinologist, California

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From left: Shekhar Gupta speaks with Freddy Svane, Ambassador at The Royal Danish Embassy in New Delhi

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Prathibha Prahlad, founder director, Delhi International Arts Festival

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Deepak Pental, Professor of Genetics and former Vice Chancellor, University of Delhi

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Audience at ThePrint’s Of The Cuff

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Akassh K Aggarwal, equal rights activist, Pride India

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Montek Singh Alhuwalia listens to questions from the audience. Talking about the slowdown in the economy, the economist pointed out that private investment has collapsed, leading to a big decline in demand. Read more here.

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K.V. Rajan, former ambassador

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From left: Montek Singh Ahluwalia; Rajat Anandani, senior VP, IIFL Wealth Management

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Montek Singh Ahluwalia with ThePrint team

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Montek Singh Alhuwalia signing copies of his book Backstage

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