The Reserve Bank of India withstands political pressure to ease monetary policy and again leaves...

|By:, SA News Editor

The Reserve Bank of India withstands political pressure to ease monetary policy and again leaves its lending rate unchanged at 8% and commercial banks' cash reserve ratio at 4.25%. Growth is slowing but high inflation is causing the RBI to maintain tight policies. "Rate cuts are contingent on inflation coming down, tangible progress on fiscal consolidation and continued structural reforms," says HSBC's Leif Eskesen.