S. Jaishankar arrives at Rashtrapati Bhavan as Modi’s new cabinet takes shape

Jaishankar’s presence at the presidential palace hints at his likely continuation at the helm of the External Affairs Ministry in Modi’s second consecutive term.

In the lead-up to the ceremonial transfer of power, S. Jaishankar, the outgoing External Affairs Minister, arrived at the iconic Rashtrapati Bhavan, setting the stage for Prime Minister-designate Narendra Modi and his new Council of Ministers to take the oath of office.

Jaishankar’s presence at the presidential palace hints at his likely continuation at the helm of the External Affairs Ministry in Modi’s second consecutive term. The 68-year-old career diplomat has been widely lauded for his adept handling of Indian foreign policy during a tumultuous period marked by the COVID-19 pandemic and growing geopolitical tensions.

His arrival comes amidst intense speculation over the shape and composition of the new cabinet, with the BJP’s resounding electoral victory providing Modi with a strong mandate to initiate sweeping reforms and steer the nation’s trajectory over the next five years.

Sources suggest that while several senior ministers are expected to retain their portfolios, the new cabinet could also witness the induction of fresh faces, reflecting Modi’s penchant for rewarding performance and maintaining a balance between experience and youth.

Including Jaishankar’s name on the list of ministers is viewed as a continuum of India’s pursuit of an independent foreign policy that safeguards its strategic interests while fostering stronger ties with global powers.

With his wealth of diplomatic acumen and international credibility, Jaishankar’s presence could prove pivotal in navigating the complex web of global affairs as India seeks to consolidate its position on the world stage.

As the nation awaits the unveiling of the new government, all eyes are on Rashtrapati Bhavan, where the swearing-in ceremony will unfold under the auspices of President Droupadi Murmu, marking the commencement of another chapter in India’s democratic journey.