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New Cabinet: More Than Half Full?

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...)

New Cabinet: More Than Half Full?
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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...)

 

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