Lawyers dominate Narendra Modi’s cabinet

Prime Minister and Home Minister are among 12 ministers in the 44-member team who possess Masters degree.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Updated: June 8, 2014 10:47 am
Narendra Modi poses with his 45-member Council of Ministers. (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi) Narendra Modi poses with his 45-member Council of Ministers. (Source: Express Photo by Neeraj Priyadarshi)

One-third of the Union Council of Ministers are law degree holders while two are doctors and nine graduates in various other streams.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Home Minister Rajnath Singh are among 12 ministers in the 44-member team who possess Masters degree.

As many as 15 who hold law degrees include Cabinet Ministers Sushma Swaraj (External Affairs), Arun Jaitley (Finance), M Venkaiah Naidu (Urban Development), Nitin Gadkari (Road, Transport and Highways), D V  Sadanand Gowda (Railways), and Ramvilas Paswan (Consumer Affairs).

Besides them, Chemicals and Fertilizers Minister Ananthkumar and Communication and Information Technology
Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad also hold law degree, according to their biodatas and self-sworn affidavits.

Ministers of State (Independent Charge) Textiles Santosh K Gangwar, Sarbananda Sonowal (Youth Affairs and Sports), Piyush Goyal (Power) and Rao Inderjit Singh (Planning) also have degrees in law.

Ministers of State for Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Radhakrishnan P, Kiren Rijiju (Home Affairs) and Krishan Pal (Road Transport and Highways) have completed their graduations in law, according to their affidavits filed while contesting Lok Sabha elections.

The two doctors in the Modi ministry are Harsh Vardhan (Health and Family Welfare Minister) and Jitendra Singh
(Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions and Prime Minister’s Office).

Minority Affairs Minister Najma A Heptulla has Masters degree in Zoology and is also a Doctorate of Philosophy (PhD); Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Minister Kalraj Mishra is a Master of Arts; Commerce and Industry (Independent Charge) Minister Nirmala Sitharaman a Master of Philosophy; Petroleum and Natural Gas (Independent Charge) Minister Dharmendra Pradhan possesses a Master of Arts and Minister of State for Rural Development Upendra Kushwaha is a postgraduate from Bihar University.

Ministers of State for Agriculture Sanjeev Kumar Balyan and V K Singh (External Affairs) hold PhD, and MoS for Tribal Affairs Mansukhbhai Dhanjibhai Vasava possesses Master of Social Work, according to their affidavits.

There are nine ministers who are graduates– Narendra Singh Tomar (Mines), Radha Mohan Singh (Agriculture),  Thaawar Chand Gehlot (Social Justice and Empowerment), Shripad Yesso Naik (Culture),  Prakash Javadekar (Information and Broadcasting), Manoj Sinha (MoS Railways), Nihalchand (MoS Chemicals and Fertilizers), Raosaheb Dadarao Danve (MoS Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution) and Sudarshan Bhagat (MoS Social Justice and Empowerment).

Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Zubin Irani has done Bachelor of Commerce (Part I) while Food Processing Industries Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal and Tribal Affairs Minister Jual Oram have diplomas, as per their affidavits.

The qualification of six ministers in Modi’s team ranges from Class VIth to XIIth. These include Water Resources Minister Uma Bharati (Class VIth), Women and Child Development Maneka Sanjay Gandhi (Class Xth), Civil Aviation Minister Ashok Gajapathi Raju (Class Xth), Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises Minister Anant Geete (Class Xth), Mines Minister Vishnu Deo Sai (Class XIth) and MoS Civil Aviation G M Siddeshwara (Class Xth), according to their affidavits.

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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 8, 2014 at 7:13 am
    2014 is the year of change and most of us expected that Congress and Mr Rahul hi will be the carrier. Though Congress failed miserably to rise to the hopes, the Indian voter carried out the change by sending 314 MPs, the first time winners, to the parliament.
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 8, 2014 at 7:14 am
    Most of us, being experienced in life ourselves, would definitely understand that ‘Rome is never built in a day’. The fledgling AAP, whose overall AIMS and Objectives are excellent, is fighting a battle waged against them that attempts to truncate the small edifice built up so far... from both within and without.
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 8, 2014 at 7:13 am
    Mr Narendra Modi, as a prime minister of India now knows very well, the Uniform Civil Code not possible. This is the arrogance of one group over the other showing them their place - this is the evil of the society we need to work on eradicating.
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    Abhishek Kumar
    Jun 8, 2014 at 7:14 am
    This is a real warning to our politicians.... do your duty properly.... otherwise you will not be elected again. Let us use this punishment continuously for non performers in every election from the ward member to the MP.
  5. A
    Jun 8, 2014 at 12:26 pm
    Of these so-called degrees, how many are genuine?
  6. K
    Jun 8, 2014 at 5:58 am
    Continue defending Irani decision but note - right now people were mocking her lies and fraud, soon they will mock BJP and next it will be Modi.
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    Malvinder Singh
    Jun 8, 2014 at 10:57 am
    Not Impressive! One is looking for his representative and especially Ministers to be well educated and with good administration record. Both are missing here. These mentioned educational degrees also really don't tell the full story - degrees from which Insute, what subjects / courses, distance learning / correspondence or full, the timeline - when was it accomplished - was it is done during their political life because if it was then you are never sure how it was obtained and to what purpose.All Education is not equal! We all know this. That is why we are choosy about Schools and Colleges.
  8. R
    Jun 8, 2014 at 6:32 pm
    Will the black money that is known by Indian tax enforcement agencies ever be recovered? Will Modi file criminal cases against those who use illegal monies? Will Vadra ever be caught for his scams? Will Kanimozhi and the DMK leaders ever go to extended jail? Will the SIT on black money ever be given enough teeth and attention? Will there have to be a third party like AAP, coming to power, to bring about real change in the rot of India? Will there be total transparency and accountability now that Modi is in charge? Will Gadkari and others who are corrupt in the BJP ever have cases filed against them?Will all these ministers with law degrees help catch criminals and recover illegal money? Will they help implement the law like in the United States of America? American politics is run mainly by lawyers. Will there be rule of law with these many lawyers in India?
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