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The Ever-Careful Modi

Updated: November 22, 2014 12:52 pm

The meticulous study of the career and background of each person Prime Minister Narendra Modi wished to include in his cabinet, showed his concerns which included the performance of the person, his probity in public life and his qualifications. But he did not prepare the list of those who passed his vetting, until he consulted those who he trusts implicitly.

Now, we know why he is always right and successful. The names that circulated included Manohar Parrikar and Suresh Prabhu, who is from Sena. Parrikar’s stewardship of Goa, his own simple living and honesty was what eminently qualified him for Defence portfolio. Prabhu was Power Minister in the Vajpayee cabinet, but he was withdrawn by the late Balasaheb Thackrey. Reports that were the Sena chief was upset with Prabhu because he did not contribute anything to thhe party fund. He could not because he was scrupulously honest, but a man of ideas and implementation. He was an ideal Power Minister. His re-induction would strengthen Modi’s hands and help him achieve his targets. The rumoured induction of Jayant Sinha, if it happens would not be because he is the son of Yashwant Sinha but because he is not only highly qualified and experienced, but has the reputation of being honest in his dealings. One can in such a background of hard study by Modi, be assured of a cabinet of achievers and dedicated ministers. Good for Modi, good for India.

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