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The New Cabinet: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly

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)

The New Cabinet: The Good, The Bad And The Ugly
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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)

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