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The Indian Cabinet Of Ministers


In association with  The Doon School

The five main ministers of India are :-

*Shree Laloo Prasad Yadav :-

Laloo Prasad Yadav

Ex chief minister of the state of Bihar and the current railway minister, is making the citizens of our country India, fools as he is a very witty man. A couple of years ago as he started serving as the railway minister, he increased the prices of all tickets saying that he had improved the engines of the trains and the trains service although everything remains the same. There have been more accidents taking place on the railway lines since his rule. Trains are running into tracks where the railway lines are broken. I hope this time during the elections the citizens do not get convinced by his convincing speeches and select someone who will do well for them, like people of Bihar who got Nitish Kumar into power.



*Mr. Palaniappan Chidambaram :-

Mr. Palaniappan ChidambaramHe is the darling of Indian industrialists who were relieved when the United Front government chose him to become the new Finance Minister. But very few know that P Chidambaram, the US educated votary of free enterprise and unbridled economic reforms used to be a hard-core leftist arguing in favor of the command economy in the late 1960s.

Since then he has come a long way. A scion of a prominent industrialist family from Madras, Chidambaram chose to stay away from the predictable path of joining the family business and went into politics. He joined the Congress after it lost power in 1967 and remained with Indira Gandhi when the party split in 1969.

As a young lawyer he boasted an impressive array of clients-even now, whenever he has been out of the government, he has been consulted by top notch firms including the controversial US company Enron which ran into trouble in India because of a power plant project. Chidambaram came to the attention of the youthful prime minister Rajeev Gandhi in 1984 and since then has had a meteoric rise to the top. He was Rajivís emissary to the Tamil Nadu leadership during the crisis of Sri Lankan Tamil refugees; after Gandhi was assassinated in 1991, Chidambaram was out of power for a short while but came back as Commerce Minister in the new government. He fitted in well with the new pro-reforms lobby and his ministry was responsible for doing away with several red tape regulations which boosted Indian exports. Ironically, though he played a big part in writing the Congress manifesto in the 1996 elections, a disagreement with his partyís decision over political alignments led to him resigning and setting up a new political outfit. He won his parliamentary seat handsomely and now finds himself in opposition to the Congress.

But for many people, especially investors both domestic and foreign, Chidambaramís presence in the government in such a sensitive post is a positive signal and they are all looking forward to what his budget proposals will be.


*Dr. Manmohan Singh :-

Dr. Manmohan Singh

Singh, an economist by profession, worked for the International Monetary Fund in his younger days. Dr. Singh is known to be an unassuming politician, enjoying a formidable, highly respected and admired image. Due to his work at the UN, International Monetary Fund and other international bodies, he is highly respected around the world. He was awarded the Outstanding Parliamentarian Award in 2002. Before becoming Prime Minister, he served as the Finance Minister under Narasimha Rao. He is credited with transforming the economy in the early 1990s during the financial crisis. He served as Leader of the Opposition in the Rajya Sabha (upper house) from March 1998 to May 2004, when the Bharatiya Janata Party-led coalition government was in office.

His economic policies - which included getting rid of several socialist policies, especially the License Raj - were popular. He enjoys strong support among the middle classes of India due to his education. Singh lost the election in the Lok Sabha from South Delhi constituency in the 1999 general elections. He is thus the only Indian Prime Minister never to have been an elected member of the Lower House of Parliament. In fact he has not won a direct election. He has been a member of the Rajya Sabha from Assam since 1995. He was re-elected to the Rajya Sabha in 2001 and 2007.


*Shree Pranab Mukherjee :-

Shree Pranab Mukherjee

Pranab Mukherjee has a parliamentary career of nearly four decades, having first become a Rajya Sabha (upper house) member from the Congress Party in 1969; he was re-elected in 1975, 1981, 1993 and 1999. In 1973, he joined the cabinet as Union Deputy Minister, Industrial Development. His initial inclusion was an accident, having gone to witness the swearing in of ministers at Rashtrapathi Bhavan, when the number to be sworn in was found inauspicious, the spectator Pranab was added on to make it auspicious.

He rose through a series of cabinet posts to become the Finance Minister of India from 1982 to 1984. In 1984, he was rated as one of the best five Finance Ministers of the World according to a survey of Euromoney magazine. His term was noted for India not withdrawing the last US$ 1.1 billion instalment of an IMF loan. As he did not fully endorse the summary installment of Rajiv Gandhi as the caretaker Prime Minister after Indira Gandhi's assassination, he was not included in Rajiv's cabinet. He left the Congress party for a brief period but re-entered in 1989. His political career revived when P. V. Narasimha Rao chose to appoint him as deputy chairman of the planning commission and subsequently as a union cabinet minister. He served as Foreign Minister for the first time from 1995 to 1996 in Rao's cabinet. In 1997 he was voted Outstanding Parliamentarian.

He was also president of West Bengal state unit of Congress in 1985.

Pranab Mukherjee has been a member of the Board of Governors of the International Monetary Fund, of the World Bank, of the Asian Development Bank, and of the African Development Bank. In 1984, he chaired the Group of 24 attached to the IMF and World Bank. Between May and November 1995, he presided over the SAARC Council of Ministers Conference.

On 24 October 2006, he was appointed as the External Affairs Minister of India. His replacement in the Defence Ministry is A.K. Antony, a senior Congress Party politician and former Chief Minister of the southern state of Kerala.

On the evening of the 7 April 2007 he was admitted to Army Research and Referral hospital in Delhi following a car accident in West Bengal. The accident occurred when he was on his way from Murshidabad to Kolkata together with several other senior members of the Congress Party. The car collided with a meeting van, and four other passengers were also reported injured. Mukherjee soon recovered from the accident and resumed the normal duties of his office.


*Shree A.K. Antony :-

Shree A.K. Antony

Arackaparambil Kurian Antony  is the current Defence Minister of India. He is a former Chief Minister of Kerala, having served in that post three times. The first term from April 27, 1977 to October 27, 1978, the second one from March 22, 1995 to May 9, 1996 and the third term from May 17, 2001 to August 29, 2004. When he became Chief Minister in 1977, he was the youngest Chief Minister of the State. He was the Leader of Opposition in Kerala Legislative Assembly during 1996 to 2001. His supporters often refer to him as the 'Mr. Clean of Indian Politics'

In 2005, A.K. Antony was appointed the Union Cabinet Minister for Defence. He is a member of the Rajya Sabha. Earlier he was the member of the House from 1985 to 91 and 1991 to 1995 and was the Minister for Civil Supplies, Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution in the Narasimha Rao ministry in the latter period.