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The fearsome foursome who comprise Modi’s security dream-team in second term

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09.06.2019

With the reappointment of National Security Adviser (NSA) Ajit Doval for the next five years and his elevation to cabinet rank, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has got a fearsome foursome to handle the entire spectrum of national security and foreign policy. The team comprising of Home Minister Amit Shah, External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh and the NSA Ajit Doval is something of a security dream-team, actually more team than dream. The speculation doing the rounds about how Modi was either going to cut someone to size or play one against the other really had no firm basis. If anything, it stemmed from lack of access to the corridors of power, and even more, the sheer lack of knowledge of how the Modi-led dispensation functions, and the inter-personal relations between the various team members.

The thing is that in this dispensation, Modi is the undisputed boss. The entire team he selects has to work towards a purpose which is laid down and defined by him. Modi is a hands-on Prime Minister, always wanting to be in the loop and always keeping a watch. And yet, he empowers his colleagues enough to take decisions that deliver the goods. There are debates and discussions, even disagreements about what policy approach to adopt. But to construe from this that there are huge personality clashes, ego problems and cut-throat competition between team members who are constantly trying to undercut each other to curry favour with the boss is incorrect. From what one has learnt about the functioning of the Modi government, it is anything but a durbar where getting the ear or attention of the top boss is the ticket to power. Officials trying to flaunt their proximity to........

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