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Promoted to RBI dy governor, then demoted. Is his caste the issue?

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One of the tallest buildings in downtown Mumbai's financial district is the imposing 25-storeyed headquarters of the country's central bank and apex monetary authority. The higher one moves up the hierarchy in the RBI the more rarefied the atmosphere gets. Especially if one belongs to a northeastern state like Assam or, worse, a scheduled caste. This realisation came the hard way for the seniormost executive director of the RBI, R.B. Barman, who was first promoted as deputy governor last November and then demoted to his previous rank a few weeks later. Sources contend that one of the reasons why he was sidelined may be because of his scheduled caste background.

After Barman's demotion, the Union minister for heavy industries and public enterprises and Lok Sabha MP from Silchar, Assam, Santosh Mohan Deb, wrote a letter to the PM complaining that the RBI's executive director has been badly treated. Other MPs too have made similar representations to Manmohan Singh who, ironically, has been elected to the Rajya Sabha from Assam. The bigger irony is that this episode has happened...
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