Modi's fledgling ministers face steep learning curve

Modi's fledgling ministers face steep learning curve
India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

SINGAPORE - Many see new Prime Minister Narendra Modi's lean and trim Cabinet as a welcome change, but his ministers' relative inexperience has also raised eyebrows.

With three in four being first- timers in the federal government, they face a steep learning curve if they are to fulfil the enormous expectations of voters.

This is expected to change the dynamics of power in government, making Mr Modi and his office all-powerful as the inexperienced ministers focus on implementing his vision, say analysts.

But that may not be such a bad thing, they add, noting how the previous Congress government of Dr Manmohan Singh struggled with a lack of cohesion as individual ministers often pursued independent and controversial paths.

"I admit to have been a trifle underwhelmed by Modi's choice of ministers," said Mr R. Jagannathan, editor-in-chief of publications at the Network18 media group.

"If one sets aside the all-star cast at the top and some promising artists lower down the order, there was no wow factor to the ministry. How, I thought, was Modi going to deliver with this motley bunch, given the electorate's sky-high expectations."

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