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Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ram Vilas Paswan has gone to London for treatment of heart-related ailment and Agricult
Union minister Harsh Vardhan on Monday took over the charge of the environment ministry that fell vacant after the death o
Over a fortnight after taking oath, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath will hold his first cabinet meeting on Ap
Businessman-turned politician Thomas Chandy of NCP will be sworn in as minister in the LDF government tomorrow, replacing
Former Delhi law minister Jitender Singh Tomar has been summoned as an accused by a court which took cognisance of t
The CPI(M)-led LDF government today decided to order a judicial probe into the sleaze allegations against A K Saseendran,
Goa Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar today kept Home, Finance and Education with him as he allotted portfolios to his nine
Sending a strong message against corruption on day one, Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath today asked all
As the Yogi Adityanath-led government took over in Uttar Pradesh, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today said the "sole missio
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley was today given the additional charge of the Defence Ministry after Manohar Parrikar resigne
OK, this is what some of the editors are saying about the new cabinet and the new government in recent columns:
Shekhar Gupta in the Indian Express wishes that Manmohan Singh circa 2009 " now does to our higher education what he did to our economy and foreign policy in 1991 and 2008, respectively"
Vir Sanghvi, after noting that this is a well-chosen ministry with well thought-out portfolios --the obvious crooks have been kept away from the money-making ministries (at least in the case of the Congress ministers) and there is every reason to expect that those who have been appointed will now deliver -- bemoans the fact that the cabinet reflects how politics has become a family business. .
TN Ninan in the Business Standard finds the glass more than half full and says it is tempting to wager that Dr Singh will write a new script this time, because he must know that this is his last term and he has a golden opportunity to secure his place in history.
The only nay-sayer so far has been R. Jagannathan in the DNA, some days back, who offers his reasons as to why UPA2 may bomb. "The first signal came when Sonia declined Manmohan Singh's preferred choice of finance minister: Montek Singh Ahluwalia. The last time she foisted Chidambaram on him because she was weak and Singh agreed not to press the point. This time, Singh knows she is more self-assured and cannot but acquiesce in her choice of Pranab Mukherjee. If a "strong" PM can't even get the FM he wants, how can he get his ministers to listen to him?"
Me? There are many reasons to celebrate -- the absence of Arjun Singh, HR Bhardwaj, Paswan, Ramdoss, Oscar Fernandes, Shivraj Patil etc. But I am slightly miffed that Dr Abdullah is not the minister for external affairs (Other than the obvious symbolic advantages of a Kashmiri Muslim representing the country, imagine the photo-ops with the likes of Hillary Clinton being offered pillion rides on a mobike in downtown Srinagar and a guarantee for never a dull moment...)
The good news: That Arjun Singh and H.R. Bhardawaj are -- so far -- out of the cabinet. And that MMS at least made "integrity quotient" an issue when it came to the two controversial DMK ministers. Even if these were proforma protests, it is reasonable to expect that he won't have Taslimuddins this time.
The bad news is that the DMK chaps, for sure, will be back soon, even if it is not in the same ATM ministries they managed earlier. (The PM's already calling them his "honoured colleagues")
The ugly? This whole PM pleading with Rahul Gandhi to join the cabinet business.
Perhaps the Left inside the Congress party will not allow him to appoint the finance minister of his choice, but he would do well to choose someone well-qualified for the HRD and Law ministries -- the two ministries which could do with a whole lot of reform. HRD, in particular, has suffered the most. Arjun Singh proved to do the impossible: he took the ministry to nightmarish depths the likes of Murli Manohar Joshi perhaps only dreamed about. It would require a person of vision and I think the PM would do well to go back to the people he had first appointed to his Knowledge Commission. Yes, even those who resigned from it in sheer disgust.
(There is of course another major disappointment: The Formidable Lady, as Mamata di is called, did not throw any tantrum, but as they say, it is early days yet... I am also looking forward to Farooq Abdullah joining in the fun sometime soon)