All about our Defence Minister: Nirmala Sitharaman
After 33 years India has finally got its 2nd women Defense Minister, Nirmala Sitharaman who got to work from 3rd September of this year. Here is everything about the lady minister.
The minister was born on 18th August 1959in Madhurai, Tamil Nadu. The lady belongs to a purely south Indian family, her father belonged to Muiri, Tiruchirappalli district in Tamil Nadu while her mother hails from Thiruvenkadu and Salem District. Her father worked in Indian Railways at a transferable job, due to which she had to stay at various places in the same state during her childhood. She did her schooling from Tiruchirappalli and Madras.
The 58-year-old attained her graduation degree of BA in Economics from Seethalaxmi Ramaswamy College in Tiruchirappalli and then her post graduation in the same subject (Economics) from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.
Career Apart from Politics
The lady minister is a founder Director of a School named “Pranava School” in Hyderabad. She has also assisted an Economist in Agricultural Engineering Association in the UK, while the same time she also worked as a Senior Manager In Research and Development Department at Price Warehouse and BBC World Service.
Mrs. Sitharaman entered into politics in the year 2008 when she joined Bhartiya Janta Party. The lady has also been a spokesperson for BJP. In the year 2014, the lady minister joined the cabinet of PM Narendra Modi and served as a Minister of Commerce and Industry from May 2017 to September 2017. In 2016, she was elected as a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka. While in 2017, she was promoted from her position to become the second Lady Defense Minister of India.
Mrs. Nirmala Sitharaman met her husband in her college life. She met her while she was completing her post graduation from Jawaharlal University, Delhi. Her husband Dr. Parakala Prabhakar also belonged to south India from Narsapuram, Andra Pradesh. They got married in the year 1986, after which both of them moved to London. While Nirmala had a keen interest in BJP, her husband belonged to a pro-congress family. The couple has a daughter named Parakal Vangmayi of 24 years of age. She now lives in her house at Hyderabad along with her family. Although she has to move around at many places for her work.
As a Defense Minister
Smt. Nirmala took charge of the position on Thursday, 3rd September of this year. She is the first full-time lady appointed as the Defense Miniter of India. The job of such a crucial position calls for 24*7 hours of work, which the lady had to do. She is the 31st defense minister of India after independence. She will have to work on a short-term period of 20 months on this position. The “Raksha Mantri” says she will focus on modernization of Indian Armed forces and also aims to carry forward the “Make In India” campaign.
After holding the chair, she visited LoC in Kashmir along with this she also visited another area of Jammu and Kashmir for an on-ground assessment.