I disagree with your ranking of some of the ministers. Lalu deserve first place. Having lost Bihar, he has put all his energy into the railways. Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar should have been downgraded as he is more interested in cricket and settling old scores with former BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya. Finance Minister P.Chidambaram did a good thing by settling a high revenue target, but his proposal to remove all tax exemptions under the Income Tax Act without lowering the tax rate and without providing a social security net may prove disastrous for taxpayers. Therefore, his ranking should have moved down.
(This letter published in India Today on June 12, 2006)