Shivraj Patil quits, P Chidambaram becomes Home Minister- Hindustan Times
Union Home Minister Shivraj Patil has resigned, owing moral responsibility for terror attacks in Mumbai and Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram has been given the charge to head the home ministry. PM takes over the finance portfolio.
The resignation is likely to be accepted and more resignations of top officials responsible for country’s security and intelligence gathering cannot be ruled out, they said.
Patil’s resignation has also put a question mark on the continuation of Maharashtra Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh, who is also under intense party pressure to step down. (via Shivraj Patil quits, P Chidambaram becomes Home Minister- Hindustan Times)
This is a turning point
Blaming 5500 politicians who are temporary office bearers, is an escapist fare by the intellectually devoid. The greater culpability (for not taking actions) and the credit for the brilliant commando operation is with the bureaucracy.
Taking down Shivraj Patil is small consolation. The rewards to the various people for handling this operation so well, starting with the Mumbai police – and to those who have twiddled for years, starting with the Indian diplomatic community, the IFS and the Finance Minsitery bureaucrats, who have not earmarked enough attention to these areas, is more important.