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Indian Council of Ministers

TCPD–ICoM is a dataset on the sociological composition of governments in India, both at the Union and at the State level.

There is a lot of emphasis on the study of Prime Ministers and Chief Ministers in India, perhaps owing to a tradition of the concentration of power within the executive. We know less about Cabinets’ composition. Who are India’s ministers? Where do they come from? What is their political profile and sociological background? How do parties form their governments? How often do they reshuffle their cabinets? And what are the discernable trends across states and across time?

These are some of the questions that this project aims to answer, by building a dataset on the sociological composition of governments in India since Independence, both at the Union and at the State level.

Right now the released dataset contains information on the Indian Council of Ministers between 1990 and 2019. The data has been carefully extracted and verified from the official website of the Cabinet Secretariat and publications by the Lok Sabha Secretariat.

If a variable(s) drawn from the TCDP-ICoM dataset plays an important role in your project (published or unpublished), please use all the suggested citations below: 

“TCPD–ICoM: Indian Council of Ministers Dataset 1.0″,Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Ashoka University.

“TCPD–ICoM: Indian Council of Ministers Dataset Codebook 1.0″, Trivedi Centre for Political Data, Ashoka University

Malik, Dipanita, Saloni Bhogale and Aritro Bose. 2020.

Key Researcher: Saloni Bhogale