Nirmila Sitharaman has created history as she is the second woman after former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to hold the post of Minister of Defence. She will be the first full time defence minister. Arun Jaitley will look after defense for two days when Sitharaman will assume the charge of the minister. Jaitley was given the charge of defense minister after Manohar Parikar resigned and went to take the reins of Goa as chief minister. After becoming Defense Minister, Sitharaman will become a part of 5-member Cabinet Committee on Security, in which Narendra Modi, Home Minister Rajnath Singh, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Finance Minister Arun Jaitley are the members.Being a defence minister is an achievement for Nirmala Sitharaman who hails from a common family. Born on August 18, 1959, Sitharaman’s father used to work in the railway. His mother was common housewife. Sitharaman’s completed her early education from her aunt’s house.She met Prabhakar at JNU:
In 1980 Sitharaman had taken admission in JNU for P.HD. and also completed her M.Phil where she also met with Parakala Prabhakar with whom she married in year 1986 and went to London.Prabhakar completed her PhD from London School of Economics , while Sitharaman decided to work instead of sitting idle. She worked as a sales Habitat Home Decor in Oxford Street, London. This was Nirmala’s first job. After this, Sitharaman and her husband returned to Andhra Pradesh in April 1991.Nirmala Sitharaman has been a member of National Commission for Women from 2003 to 2005 and has also been the national spokesperson of BJP. Sitharaman was also made the Commerce and Industry Minister of State in the Modi government in 2014. Arun Jaitley described the responsibility of Sitharaman as the result of her performance, while she termed it as a result of God’s blessings.
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