Posted on June 4, 2019, 2:10 PM IST
Are the Key Players of the Modi 2.0 Government Strategic ?
On 30th May as the well-wishers from all over the world poured in for the swearing in ceremony of the largest government in the world, all eyes were glued to the stage where the new set of ministers would be taking the oath. There had been tight lipped speculations and open rumours as to who will hold the key posts of Defence, External Affairs, Finance and Home Ministries. The moment Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley walked in and sat down with their senior peers, it became evident that the two highly respected members of the BJP have ended their terms with the External Affairs and the Finance Ministries respectively. The crowd was welcomed to a whole new bunch of faces from the grass root levels for the new innings of the Modi lead government.
So who are the new players for the key posts and are their roles strategic to India?
Amit Shah : Home Minister
We can expect a lot of fireworks from the new Home Minister, Amit Shah is known to the backbone of the BJP. He has been a formidable force in establishing the present status of the Modi government right from the time he controlled the bastion after the 2002 Gujarat riots. During the election campaigns he openly expressed his focus on the Kashmir issue and the removal of the controversial Article 370 and 35(A). He did not shy from declaring his undying support to the Citizenship Amendment Bill which has been a bone of contention for several parties and sects in the country. If ever this bill comes to motion under his governance, then it will be a death knell for all the illegal entities residing in India.
From day one at the office, he met with the respective officials of the Intelligence units to discuss the law and order in the country. The Amarnath pilgrimage has been along the topmost agenda of the Home Ministry. Strategic discussions were taken on the Kashmir valley situation which is currently under the President’s rule. He expertly reviewed the Maoist and jihadi activities in and around Kerala. Meetings with various Border Intel and security forces heads are being chalked out as we speak. National security will be his main priority as he commands the ranks of the various bureaus to work in tandem for the welfare of the country.
Rajnath Singh: Defence Minister
With an experience of almost four decades in the party cadre Rajnath Singh now holds the most coveted post in the 2.0 Modi Ministry. The post comes with larger than life responsibilities. He possesses an extremely clean track record which worked to perfection with the Prime Minister Modi’s vision “Na Khaunga, Na Khane Dunga”, means no scope for corrupt defence deals. He was the secret factor in containing the Naxalist angles in the country during his stint as the Home Minister from 2014. This gives him an upper hand on the difficulties faced by the troops while facing such extremist elements.
After assuming the position his first visit will be to the highest militarised zone of the world, the Siachen. He will review the armed forces posted at Srinagar as well. On his day long visit on Monday the Defence Minister will hold key meetings with top Army personnels and take stock of the Indian Air force tactics as well. He has already met with the top three commanding in chiefs of the Indian armed forces to discuss security issues ailing the country. It will be interesting to see the steps he inforces in modernising the Indian military with successful defence deals in the coming term.
Nirmala Sitharaman: Finance Minister
She has proved her mettle in being the first female Defence Minister of India in the previous term and now has taken control of the economic section of the country as the first female Finance Minister. Her rise in the Modi government has be mercurial, she has also served as the commerce minister for a brief period. So it has been a pleasant surprise for the party members and the country as everyone was expecting Minister Piyush Goyal to take up this position.
Considered she has been the key spokesperson in handling the Rafale case and other defence upgrading deals during her term in the defence ministry, she will know aptly to deal with the budget of the Armed forces. The red tapism between the Finance and the Defence will cut down with her presence and a smooth run of affairs is expected. She will have to focus on the job creation markets and the export affairs to churn out jobs and bring the nation out of the commercial lag. Many public sectors need a breath of fresh air and it will be an uphill task to revive the economy.
Her precedence will be to restraint the overzealous system of government impatient to foray into the central bank's reserves. That catastrophe if encouraged, would render impotent the Reserve Bank. Her other concern will be to disentangle the administrative think tank from interfering in GDP statistics, whose superiority has recently become a pique of investors.
Subramanyam Jaishankar : External Affairs
He is known to be an iron clad diplomat under tough situations and his sophisticated ways of dealing with any foreign crises has earned him a fond relation with PM Modi. The NRI’s residing in USA have been in praise for this appointment as he is known to be the crucial link between negotiating the Civil Nuclear Agreement with the US. He has been Ambassador to both super powers the US and China, thus giving him all the inside advantage to step over the Washington and Beijing trade war. It will also mean a level headed stance on all security issues posed by China.
He will have to keep up with the high expectations of the Indian public that have been used to bring their travail issues to his predecessor Ms. Sushma Swaraj even on Twitter. He has been engaging and solving problems on Twitter as soon as he assumed office. As the foreign minister all key aspects of international trade and security seem to have been given into able hands.
Prime Minister Modi has been intellectual in choosing all these elite party members as the key players. It is an excellent effort to further India’s strategic heft globally once again.