Kaun banega mantriji: From textbooks to textiles, finance to crash landings,...

Kaun banega mantriji: From textbooks to textiles, finance to crash landings, it’s all about kissa kursi ka

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During cabinet reshuffles, nobody shuffles. Instead everybody runs to sit at the high table. The cabinet is of custom made size so many remain on the shelf. PM Modi’s recent cabinet reshuffle has shown that he’s not above playing the game of thrones. Ministers have been re-jigged even though many are not dancing a jig.
Smriti Irani has journeyed from textbooks to textiles and will no longer be accused of inhuman resource underdevelopment. No more Aunty National rhetoric for her, she’s being asked to spin a new yarn. Since many are calling her move a “demotion” she’ll just have to live with the whole nine yards.
As a former investment banker Jayant Sinha should have known when his number was up and his stock was down. He has now had a forced landing at the ministry of civil aviation. Rumours are he was moved because his father Yashwant Sinha likes to do some plain-speaking but in his new job Jayant will have to make himself plane.
No more double duty for Arun Jaitley. He can no longer inform & broadcast during the day and balance political budgets by night. He is in charge of only the finance ministry, signalling that after becoming physically fit, he must also be fiscally fit.
Ravi Shankar Prasad’s taken charge of the law ministry. These days lawless lawyers are hitting citizens hard so hopefully Prasad will not let the country degenerate into a common uncivil code.
Venkaiah Naidu loses charge of parliamentary affairs showing that when it comes to affairs with the opposition, the government can no longer live in sin. Instead, it has to make the affair legal since GST has to be passed. Many ministers of state have taken oath. Hopefully they will not be reduced to ministers in a state if they can’t come to grips with their portfolios.
The question arises when steel is privately manufactured, when media is private, do ministries of steel or I&B really need to exist anymore? Or is it a case simply of ensuring that the future remains sarkari.
Thousands of job-seekers are complaining that sarkari naukri is like true love: both are equally hard to find. Given the challenge of unemployment, many will at least be employed in the unending drama of kissa kursi ka. With a 78-member council of ministers Modi sarkar is looking like a Modi durbar. The mantras of minimum government don’t work for the mantris of maximum governance.
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Source: Times of India : All Blogs

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