ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846

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Dark Days

Cardboard Men and Superior Powers WHEN the much anticipated reshuffle of the cabinet did take place, it turned out to be a mere reshuffling of marked cards, that cannot do much in lifting the administration from the rut into which it has got stuck. But a wily prime minister in his single- minded devotion to the goal of sticking to his chair at any cost, sought to clip the wings of one rival and play off other contenders against one another. Significantly, he still continues to retain as many as 14 portfolios, unwilling to part with major departments like industry, atomic energy, chemicals and fertilisers, law and justice among others, and place them under the independent charge of other ministers.

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