India will see another 'harsh' year in 2013: Kaushik Basu
"Next year will also be very harsh (for India)...the European situation will remain very difficult up to end of 2014 and may be to the beginning of 2015.
"And Europe is a very major player, so that is going to rub off on India. The growth scenario will be difficult," Basu told reporters on the sidelines of Delhi Economic Conclave here.
However, Basu, who from December 2009 to July 2012 served as the Chief Economic Advisor to the Government of India, said the country in next two years may get back to the 8-9 per cent growth rate at which the economy was expanding before the 2008 global economic crisis.
"Give India two-three years. India has enough fundamental strength that if you work towards these, then really there is no reason why India can't get back to 8-9 per cent growth," Basu said.
It would be good if India could bounce back to 6-7 per cent growth in this difficult situation, he added.
"...the global climate is tough so its not going to happen that we will bounce back to the 9 per cent growth that we had before 2008. But we should be able to buck the global trend and have India move up with the reforms and few more."
The World Bank has projected growth of about 5.5 per cent for
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