OLD GUARD

RA­J­NATH SINGH

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Be­cause the home min­is­ter from the Naren­dra Modi govern­ment’s first term took over as de­fence min­is­ter in the sec­ond term, with no ap­par­ent loss of power. He con­tin­ues to be a piv­otal fig­ure in the govern­ment—a re­mark­able feat given the dom­i­nance of the Modi-Amit Shah power com­bine

Be­cause of the clout he has demon­strated by forc­ing the govern­ment to re­vise the

com­po­si­tion of the cabi­net committees within hours of re­leas­ing the list. Singh, who ini­tially was in only two cabi­net committees—home min­is­ter Amit Shah was in eight—was put in six committees in the re­vised list

Be­cause as a three-term Lok Sabha MP, he un­der­stands the pulse of the peo­ple. He per­son­ally in­ter­vened to re­store the ra­tions of mil­i­tary of­fi­cers in peace-time post­ings, a fa­cil­ity with­drawn by the Modi govern­ment dur­ing its pre­vi­ous term

MIND & BODY

A fit­ness en­thu­si­ast, Singh be­gins his day with a half-hour ses­sion of push-ups and sit-ups. Re­lies on Vedic maths puz­zles to main­tain his men­tal agility

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