National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s elevation to a Cabinet rank from that of a Minister of State was inevitable. First, it marked the prime minister’s approbation of a person said to be one of his closest advisors. Second, since the very nature of Doval’s job brings a considerable overlap with the work being done by the new Home Minister Amit Shah, and the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, there was need to rework his official seniority in the interests of the smooth functioning of the national security system.In the previous government, Home Minister Rajnath Singh was often out of the loop on issues related to his ministry, whether they were the Naga peace talks or decisions on Jammu & Kashmir. Intelligence agency heads of the Intelligence Bureau, Research and Analysis Wing, and the National Technical Research Office (NTRO) reported to Doval on a daily basis. He was also involved in the apex affairs of the Central Bureau of Investigation and the National Investigation Agency.