The next time you read this column, the new Prime Minister would’ve taken charge. The ministers would’ve also taken oath. I wish it would’ve happened sooner, as, at least, it would put a stop to all speculation about how the ministry would be. A small, sub-40-member ministry? A ministry with no one older than the near-64-year-old Prime Minister? A ministry with various departments to facilitate synergies?
If you watch any of the channels tonight or tomorrow, expect loads of theories. But, given Narendra Modi’s past, I am sure the final list of names would be kept very, very close to the “56-inch chest.”
Even Arun Shourie, someone who has a great equation with Modi, said he was unaware of what the government would be like. His CNN-IBN interview was excellent. I’m sure we’re going to see a lot of the former Indian Express editor and disinvestment minister on TV.
Shourie is, as always, a delight to watch. Soft-spoken yet forthright in his views. It’ll be fun seeing how he handles anchors who love to heckle guests — Arnab Goswami and Karan Thapar. But then, I’m sure they will change tack while dealing with him.
Meanwhile, I’m looking forward to Aap Ki Adalat (AKA). Okay, I will surely watch Khatron Ke Khiladi and the IPL encounters, but AKA tonight promises to be interesting. According to an announcement on India TV, some 300 Muslims will quiz the BJP’s Muslim leaders on Modi’s policies on Muslims.
Even though AKA is known to not put its guests in the pressure cooker, unless it’s an Arvind Kejriwal, the trailer indicated that some tough and sensitive questions will be asked. Including the angst over what happened in 2002.
PS: I hope Mr Modi abolishes the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting. In the new converged era: a combined ministry of I&B, telecom and information technology would be ideal. Ministry of Information and Technology. Or a Ministry of Information, Telecom and Informatics. Some such...
Pradyuman Maheshwari is a senior journalist and editor. When he’s not chasing news, he’s watching it. Twitter: @pmahesh E: firstname.lastname@example.org