Saturday, April 18, 2009

Fungible ideologies, ATM ministries, permanent ministers

Shekhar Gupta says there are some certainties that will be re-affirmed by Elections '09, even if the overall outcome -- which coalition will come to power? -- is uncertain.

One of these certainties is about politicians with total political mobility. He's not afraid to name them:

... [W]hichever coalition comes to power, Ramadoss, Paswan, Kumaraswamy (junior Gowda) and Ajit Singh will be in its cabinet. These fortunate men represent the phenomenon of total ideological fungibility, as they will share power with any of the three possible combinations. They will also pretty much have their pick of what can only be described as ATM ministries. Each of these will have just a few seats, but total political mobility.