Prime Minister Narendra Modi made the first cabinet expansion of his second term last week. In this much-awaited expansion, where 43 ministers were sworn in, giving place to professional, young and experienced faces, 36 were new faces while 7 ministers were promoted. At the same time, there are some big faces like Ravi Shankar Prasad, whose resignation has taken the Modi government by surprise even political analysts.
There are 78 ministers in the Modi cabinet at present. In this, where young face Jyotiraditya Scindia was given place, on the other hand, former Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has also been given important responsibility without any elected member of the House. In such a situation, the question arises that when the first government after independence, when the cabinet of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru was formed, what was its picture and how has it taken shape in the last 74 years? Let’s know-
How was Jawaharlal Nehru’s first cabinet?
When Jawaharlal Nehru became the Prime Minister in 1947, ie 74 years ago, at that time only 14 ministers were included in his cabinet, in which leaders like Vallabhbhai Patel, Rajendra Prasad represented the government. BR Ambedkar and Syama Prasad Mukherjee were also given place in this cabinet. However, the representation of women in the first cabinet was low and Rajkumari Amrit Kaur, MP from Mandi, Himachal, became the only woman minister.
Similarities between Modi and Nehru cabinet
In the Modi cabinet, S. By giving a bureaucrat like Jaishankar the important responsibility of the Ministry of External Affairs, the government made it clear how much it trusts the bureaucrats. So this time the cabinet includes Harvard-educated leaders like Jyotiraditya Scindia and Rajiv Chandrashekhar. But according to political pundits, this trend of including bureaucrats and educated people in the country’s cabinet has been there since the first cabinet.
In his first cabinet, Jawaharlal Nehru had replaced the non-politician CH Bhabha, who was a businessman. Bhabha was a director in the Oriental Insurance Company before joining the cabinet, which was entrusted with the commerce ministry.
When were how many ministers in which cabinet??
After expansion in the Modi cabinet, where there are 78 ministers at present, while looking at the cabinet ministers since independence, there were 14 ministers in 1947, 21 in 1952, 38 in 1957, 22 in 1962, 30 in 1967, Lal in 1964 29 in Bahadur Shastri cabinet, 42 in Indira cabinet in 1966, 30 in 1967, 36 in 1971, 30 in 1977, 32 in 1979, 22 in 1980, 49 in 1984, 24 in 1989, 54 in 1991, 12 in 1996 20 in, 34 in 1997, 43 in 1988, 70 in 1999, 68 cabinet ministers in 2004. After that, there are 79 cabinet ministers in 2009 in the second term of Manmohan Singh government, 46 ministers in Modi cabinet in 2014, 58 ministers in 2019 and then 78 ministers after cabinet expansion in 2021.
Sometimes ministers were made even without which house
It is not that Sarbananda Sonowal was made a minister for the first time without any elected member of the house, but before that when Modi’s government was formed in the year 2019, then S. Jaishankar and Ram Vilas Paswan were also made cabinet ministers, while he was not a member of either house. Prior to this, there were many leaders like Trigun Sen in the Indira cabinet, Shanti Bhushan in 1977, Arjun Singh in 1985, Manmohan Singh in 1991 and Sharad Pawar, who were made ministers without being a member of either house.
When how many women have a place in the cabinet
In the Modi government, 13 women have been made ministers, whereas during UPA-2, there were 15 women cabinet ministers. However, all of them together were not ministers, initially 10 women were part of the cabinet. The most interesting thing is that in the first cabinet of 1947 there was 1 woman minister. But from Rajiv Gandhi to Atal Bihari and Manmohan, more than ten women cabinet ministers have been given a place.
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