Wednesday, August 25, 2010

India's first cabinet

 The first Indian cabinet formed on 15th August 1947 consisted of the following members,

Jawaharlal Nehru - Primeminister; External Affairs & common wealth- relations; Scientific Research

Sardar Vallabhbahai Patel - Home, Information & Broadcasting ; States

Dr.Rajendra Prasad - Food & Agriculture

Maulana Abul Kalam Azad - Education

Dr.John Mathai - Railways & Transport

R.K.shanmugham Chetty- Finance

Dr.B.R.Ambedkar- Law

Jagjivan Ram - Labour

Sardar Baldev Singh - Defence

Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur - Health

C.H.Bhabaha - commerce

Rafi Ahmed Kidwai - Communication

Dr.Shyam Prasad Mukherji - Industries & supplies

V.N.Gadgil - Works, Mines & power

PS:It took me a lot of googling to get a list of India's first cabinet ministers and the wikipedia does not have any record of India's first cabinet. It is an irony that even the official website of the Indian Government has no record of these greatest Indians. It does not feature even a photograph of Raj Kumari Amrit Kaur( first woman cabinet minister)!! It is highly worrying that the Indian Government is not properly utilizing its website. It is important that the moments of post Independence Indian history are properly recorded, and its heroes are properly recognized. Else the future generation may never learn about the architects of India.