Ra­j­nath Singh

MIN­IS­TER FOR HOME AF­FAIRS

India Today - - 30 YEARS OF MODI GOVERNMENT | HOME -

IT’S A STRANGE BAROM­E­TER but suc­cess or fail­ure in In­dia’s home min­istry is of­ten mea­sured by lev­els of vi­o­lence within the coun­try. This is be­cause in­ter­nal se­cu­rity is among the min­istry’s pri­mary re­spon­si­bil­i­ties. Ra­j­nath Singh spelt out his counter-Maoist strat­egy, ‘Sa­mad­han’, on May 8 at a meet­ing of states af­fected by left­wing ex­trem­ism. It came three years into his term, but the meet­ing show­cased Singh as a team player who lined up cabi­net col­leagues to ar­tic­u­late a se­cu­rity and de­vel­op­ment par­a­digm against ex­trem­ism. A home min­istry of­fi­cial points to qual­i­ties that have held Singh in good stead in North Block—‘means well, wants to get things done and trusts and del­e­gates’. Singh has al­ways ar­tic­u­lated the mid­dle path. Last Novem­ber, he ex­plained that ISIS rad­i­cal­i­sa­tion was not a threat be­cause “peo­ple who fol­low Is­lam in In­dia love the coun­try”. He be­lieves the Kash­mir sit­u­a­tion will im­prove in a year though he is yet to spell out a vi­sion for it.

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