Monday, January 29, 2007

He whittled down his own empire!

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh praises his Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram at the launch of the latter's book A View From the Outside: Why Good Economics Works for Everyone:

Even the most ardent of reformers find it difficult to obliterate their own empires of power and patronage. But that is what Chidambaram did as Commerce Minister. I think he was one of the few ministers who presided over the shrinking of his own ministry, disproving the usual notions of political economy that all politicians and bureaucrats aim to expand their personal empires! He closed down sections of the ministry that had been rendered redundant by the trade and industrial policy changes we had initiated.