File image of former Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan

Former Reserve Bank Governor Raghuram Rajan on Tuesday cautioned people against giving communal colour to the coronavirus pandemic.

He said such behaviour could explode and make it much harder for different communities to get along, stated reports.

Rajan’s comments come in the wake of allegations that Tablighi Jamat members violated social distancing guidelines and ignored all instructions by organizing a massive gathering last month at Nizamuddin in Delhi.

The religious congregation is blamed for the spike on COVID-19 cases in the country.

So far, coronavirus has infected around 19,000 people and took over 600 lives in the country.

Rajan, who is currently working as a professor at the prestigious University of Chicago, said no part of the world is immune to COVID-19.

He was of the opinion that everywhere in world is going to be affected, and global supply chain has been disrupted for some time.

He also warned that in the second quarter of the calendar year 2020, there can be decline in GDP by 30-40 per cent.

Despite rebound in economic activities in the second half of 2020, global economic growth will still be negative for the year, he was quoted as saying.


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