Nitin Gadkari is arguably one of the most target-oriented ministers in the Narendra Modi Cabinet and his achievements speak for themselves. Turning around a country's creaking infrastructure was not an envious task to take on and he has simply let his actions do all the talking.
One of the success stories of the Narendra Modi government in India has been in its promotion of physical connectivity. Two ministers have been central to this endeavour: Railway Minister Suresh Prabhu and Nitin Gadkari. Gadkari is simultaneously minister for road transport and highways, and for shipping and ports.
In the normal course these would be separate ministries, under different ministers. In combining them, Prime Minister Modi showed boldness and sought to leverage the related advantages and links of surface and maritime transport. In executing this mission with decided effectiveness, Gadkari has not only given India a new transport and
cargo paradigm, he has also emerged as the infrastructure czar of this government.
Gadkari is a former BJP president and was once gently mentioned, in the period before the Modi juggernaut swept aside all opposition, as a possible prime ministerial candidate. That speculation was due to his political goodwill and his relations with the RSS top brass, based as it happens in his native city of Nagpur. Today, almost two years into the BJP government's term, Gadkari's executive role is being praised not for political connections but for performance.
As minister he has: