22 January, 2021

Rajnath Singh, 63

Home minister 5/10

Rajesh Kumar
Rajnath Singh, 63

From Sardar Patel, who banned the RSS, to an RSS swayamsevak as home minister, the country has come a long way. Officially No. 2 in the cabinet after the PM, Singh inherited a truncated ministry as internal security was informally hived off to the National Security Advisor Ajit Doval. With the proactive NSA (who’s a former Intelligence Bureau director) and BJP president Amit Shah calling the shots, the minister’s role in key appointments too has been undermined.

Meanwhile, nothing’s changed on the ground; Maoist attacks on paramilitary forces continue unabated amidst disturbing reports about a surrender scam in Chhattisgarh. And tough talk by the PM and home minister don’t seem to have cut much ice with insurgents in Kashmir. Communal violence happened under his nose all over north India and even in Delhi, which is directly administered by his ministry.

Within a couple of months of assuming office, there were reports of his son, Pankaj, seeking political favours. A drama ensued, Rajnath offered to quit. Both Modi and Amit Shah described the...



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