Notes from watching Swearing in ceremony of PM Modi and his cabinet
Notes made while
watching the Swearing in Ceremony of the PM and new Cabinet, it was a 90 minute
event. This is raw, no grammar or spell check done.
·Congratulations to Prime Minister Modi and his
·I don’t know about you guys- the Indian National Anthem has always
made me feel tender and emotional, and frequently, I hear this version while
working late or when I want to get a break.
·No Jai Hind after the national Anthem, even though I did not like
Indira Gandhi for her emergency rule – but her voice Jai Hind have been engraved
on my mind, I hear her every time, and usually, I am the one in gathering to say
it out loud – Jai Hind.
·It was good to see all people stand up for the National Anthem, of
course, as Americans we have opened up, but apparently the TV people made a
point about Nawaz Shariff standing up for the national Anthem.
· There is a false assumption
that one should not stand up for other nations National Anthems, the problem is
not with nations and the people – it’s the governmental policies.
·This the only glorious moment of the President of
·Modi’s swearing in started the roll – I was really hoping that Modi
will take the oath, and then all of the ministers, together would take the oath
collectively. It was too long to hear the exact same words except their
·It would have been nice for the President and Prime Minister to
·Swearing in was in Hindi and English – Venkaiah Nadu from Andhra
did it in English, followed by a few more including Najma Heptulla….. Ofcourse,
they could have done in of the 28 languages
·Uma Bharati walked out without bowing to the
·Good to see many women in the cabinet
·Men shook hands with the president, women did not.
·Modi and someone leaned as if touching the
·Most of them were around 62 – wonder what the median age
·Najma Heptulla is the oldest of all 74, born before independence
·Smriti Irani is the youngest of all -
·Oddly, women’s age except Najma was not
·No western clothes were worn – except the shirt and pants by Mr.
·As a pluralist I did not like the phrase “Sabhi prakar ke log” –
translates to all kinds of people, it should have been “every Indian” and not
all kinds of people.
·When Sushma Swaraj came – Barkha started talking in her boisterous
voice- I have always liked her, but today I shouted her “Shut up Barkha” I want
to hear them. They did not have the
sense to shut up.
oToo many Ministers, I was hoping Modi would cut the bureaucracy
oNirmal Sitaraman should have been given the post of Public
relations – she did very well in defending and speaking in behalf of BJP and
Modi all these months.
oNajma Heptulla should not have been given the minority affairs
position, it should have been some oneelse who is aggressive and active in the
oToo long – and a punishment of the guests to sit quietly… although
many of them were “desis’ and talking with each other.
oGreat moment, great ceremony
oModi’s vision to be inclusive by inviting SAARC Nations, this is
good step forward
oSomeone floated the idea of NAFTA – for Modi to do SAARC
oIt was good to see Rahul and Sonia in the audience – In a
democracy; we have to learn to accept defeat gracefully.
oNone of the guests seem to have cell phones, and no one was
checking messages, it must have been a punishment to Salman Khan, he was
oGlad they kept the age to be below 75 for Ministerial
These are the raw notes with no spell or grammar check