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Nirmala Sitharaman

Nirmala Sitharaman

 

EARLY LIFE

 

  • Nirmala Sitharaman was born to a middle-class family in Tiruchirapalli in Tamil Nadu on August 18, 1959. Her father worked in the Railways while her mother was a homemaker and a great lover of books.
  • She has her father’s disciplinary nature and her mother’s love for books. She spent her childhood in different parts of Tamil Nadu as her father’s job was transferable. Thus, travelling and being adaptive came naturally to her.
EDUCATION

 

  • She obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics at the Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College, Tiruchirapalli in 1980, Master of Arts degree in economics and M.Phil. from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi in 1984.
  • She then enrolled for a Ph.D. in economics with a focus on Indo-Europe trade, but a move to London after her husband secured a scholarship in London School of Economics left her unable to complete the degree.
  • Sitharaman met her husband Parakala Prabhakar while studying at the Jawaharlal Nehru University. They married in 1986, and have a daughter. Prabhakar served as a communications advisor to the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Chandrababu Naidu.
EDUCATION

 

  • Sitharaman also worked at the BBC World Service for a short while before returning to India in 1991.
  • She is one of the founding directors of Pranava, a school in Hyderabad.
BJP

 

  • Sitharaman joined the BJP in 2006 and has served as a spokesperson for the party in 2010.
  • In 2014, she was inducted into Narendra Modi’s cabinet as a junior minister and in June 2014, she was elected as a Rajya Sabha Member from Andhra Pradesh. She is currently the Rajya Sabha MP representing Karnataka.
BJP

 

  • On 3 September 2017, she was appointed as Minister of Defence, being only the second woman after Indira Gandhi to hold the post.
  • On 31 May 2019, Nirmala Sitharaman was appointed as the finance and corporate affairs minister. She is India’s first full-time female finance minister. She presented her maiden budget in the Indian parliament on July 5, 2019.