Cabinet ministers have often been accused of being more focused on the party than on administration, thus one should allocate Cabinet berths on the basis of administrative capabilities, experience and meritocracy rather than political influence at least on the key economic portfolios. My choices would be:
Ministry of Finance - Arun Shourie, given his eminence in the field of Economics
Ministry of Commerce and Industry - Subramaniam Swamy
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Ministry of Corporate Affairs - Arun Jaitley given his rapport with corporate houses
Ministry of Railways - Nitin Gadkari as Railways need to function as a company
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Drugs - M. Venkaiah Naidu
Minister of Civil Aviation - Rajiv Pratap Rudy
Ministry of Steel, Minerals & Petroleum - Manohar Parrikar
Ministry of Environment - Maneka Gandhi, a true environmentalist and not another politician who might hinder key economic deals through this ministry
Dwaipayan Chakraborty is a student from 2013-2015 batch of IIM Shillong.
An earlier version of this article had the byline of a Business Today writer who sourced it from the B-school student-author.