Fact Check: No, Raghuram Rajan did not hold webinar for IMF on economic crisis

By Satya Priya BN  Published on  24 April 2020 6:38 AM GMT
Fact Check: No, Raghuram Rajan did not hold webinar for IMF on economic crisis

With more than 20 lakh people infected worldwide and 1.27 lakh dead, the COVID-19 pandemic is creating a havoc worldwide. Lockdowns seem to be the only way to slow its spread. However, due to these lockdowns, economies of major countries are collapsing.

Recently, a post is going viral on various social media platforms that include a series of points that are claimed to be the key takeaways from a webinar hosted by IMF (International Monetary Fund) on April 20, 2020, chaired by Indian economist, Raghuram Rajan. It is a long post that includes various economic insights about how India should take business decisions to avoid economic crisis during the pandemic.

This was published on a website named founder.com also.

This claim is shared on Twitter too.



Fact check:

The above claim is false.

When we checked the IMF website, we found that there have been no recent webinars which featured Raghuram Rajan.

https://www.imf.org/external/mmedia/index.aspx

When we searched using the keywords IMF webinar Raghuram Rajan, we found that Businesstoday.in published a report on April 21, 2020 stating that former Reserve Bank of India governor had refuted the claims that he had chaired a IMF webinar session. It also states that he has rejected these claims as fake news in a post on his Linkedin account.

https://www.businesstoday.in/latest/trends/raghuram-rajan-rubbishes-report-of-chairing-imf-webinar-on-coronavirus/story/401632.html

On his Linkedin account, Raghuram Rajan posted, "A webinar, purportedly from an IMF session that I am supposed to have chaired, is circulating among Indian WhatsApp groups. I have not participated in any such webinar. I am afraid in this age of fake news it is hard to respond to every such occurrence. I can only say that I post all my relevant public statements on this site only."

https://www.linkedin.com/posts/raghuram-rajan_a-webinar-purportedly-from-an-imf-session-activity-6658346988590899201-Jr6E

Hence, the points mentioned in the claim are not from a webinar by Raghuram Rajan in IMF. The above claim shared virally is FALSE.

Claim Review:Raghuram Rajan hold webinar for IMF on economic crisis
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Claim Reviewed By:NewsMeter
Claim Source:Social Media
Claim Fact Check:False
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