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From 50 Years Ago: Dynamic Equilibrium.

Editorial from Volume IX, No 16, April 20, 1957.

Remember Sartre’s hell – no change? There is also the analogy of musical chairs beloved of all political commentators for describing the composition of a Cabinet when Ministers remain the same but they change their portfolios. None of these quite fit the new Cabinet which was sworn in during the week. A couple of Cabinet Ministers have been dropped and only one new name has been added viz that of Shri S K Patil, President of the Bombay Pradesh Congress Committee. True, Shri Lal Bahadur Shastri returns to the Cabinet but his absence from it was brief and more token than real. Among the two missing from the old team one is Shri Khandubhai Desai who held the Labour portfolio, and the other is Rajkumari Amrit Kaur. Of course, Khandubhai could have been brought back by the back door of nomination to the Rajya Sabha. This the Prime Minister refused to do. But he did not bow to the electorate either, since Shri Gulzarilal Nanda who replaces the ex-INTUC Chief is the spirit and soul of the Congress Trade Union Wing.

As against only one in the Cabinet rank, in the second rank, among the Ministers of State, one finds two new names, both very promising ones – Shri Humayun Kabir, exSecretary of the Education Ministry and Shri A K Sen, the legal luminary from the Calcutta bar. Both are from Bengal which goes unrepresented in the Cabinet.

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