Friday, July 8, 2016

Before Modi govt's Cabinet reshuffle, an office screened all MPs and Ministers

Sheela Bhatt, The Indian Express

Image from article, with caption: The President, Shri Pranab Mukherjee, the Vice President, Shri M. Hamid Ansari and the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi with the newly inducted Ministers after a Swearing-in Ceremony, at Rashtrapati Bhavan, in New Delhi.

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Domain knowledge rather than caste was the factor behind the selection of P P Chaudhary [see], senior Supreme Court advocate and expert on Constitutional law; C R Chaudhary who has studied rural development at University of Birmingham and staunch RSS man Anil Madhav Dave who has been active in the Narmada conservation programme.
M J Akbar’s intellectual credentials and his Muslim identity are being seen as assets in a high-profile public diplomacy role. In him, Modi sees someone who will share “Indian Islam’s unique traditions and syncretic character with the world, a leader said. ...

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