A little bit about our finance minister Nirmala sitaraman


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.
She completed her graduation from Seethalakshmi Ramasamy College, Tiruchirappalli

and obtained her masters from Jawaharlal Nehru University, Delhi.

Her favourite subject was globalisation and its impact on developing countries.

It is this that led her to become the Commerce Minister of the Indian government.

She married Parakala Prabhakar in 1986 and the couple moved to London.

Sitharaman succeeded in the corporate world there but finally came back to India in 1991.

The couple is blessed with a daughter.


Interesting Facts about Nirmala Sitharaman

1. Nirmala Sitharaman became the second woman to hold

the post of Defence Minister after Indira Gandhi and first to hold this office full time.

Now, she is the second woman Finance Minister.

Earlier Indira Gandhi held this position for a short time between 1970 and 71.

She took an additional charge and managed it while serving the country as the Prime Minister.


2. Previously, she had served as Minister of State (Independent charge)

of the Ministry of Commerce and Industry and had also handled

the finance and corporate affairs portfolios as minister of state.

3. Nirmala Sitharaman was born on 18 August, 1959 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu to a middle-class family.

Her father name is Shri Narayan Sitharaman and Mother’s Name Smt. Savitri Sitharaman.

Her father worked in Railways and mother was a homemaker.

Her father belonged to Musiri in Tiruchirappalli and her mother had her roots in Thiruvenkadu,

Salem and Thanjavur districts in Tamil Nadu.

4. She did her schooling from Madras and Tiruchirappalli and

completed her BA in Economics from Seethalakshmi Ramaswamy College in Tiruchirappalli.

Further, she pursued masters from JNU in 1984.

Also, she has done a PhD in dissertation on Indo European textile trade.

In JNU she met Parakala Prabhakar and later in 1986 she got married to him and went to London.


5. After moving to London, she worked as the Senior Manager of Research

and Analysis with Price Waterhouse.

Do you know that before joining Price Waterhouse she worked as a salesgirl at Habitat,

which is a home decor store in London regent Street?

Her dedication and hard work made her won a bottle of Moet

and Chandon Champagne due to the highest recorded sales during Christmas.


6. She also worked with BBC World Service and Agricultural Engineers Association in the UK.


7. She and her family returned to India in 1991.

In 2004, she joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP),

though her husband’s family was completely pro-Congress.

Let us tell you that before joining BJP,

she was a member of the National Women Commission from 2003 to 2005.

8. Nirmala Sitharaman became the BJP spokesperson of the party

and came to be known as the voice and face of the party and

held her own against political stalwarts in face-offs and TV debates.


9. She likes classical music and listen to them from time-to-time.

She is a devotee of Lord Krishna. She also likes reading.

Her daily activity consumes three hours of her time in reading around nine newspapers.

Also, her favourite pastime includes travelling, trekking and cooking.


10. Everyone has some or other weakness.

She knows that she is fluent in English but not much proficient in Hindi.


Nirmala Sitaraman forayed into politics in 2008 as a member of BJP

and spent the remnants of her time as a spokesperson of the party until

she was inducted into Narendra Modi’s cabinet in 2014.

She was elected to Rajya Sabha in 2014 and subsequently in 2016.

She currently serves as the Minister of Defense, the second woman to hold the post since Indira Gandhi.

Nirmala sitaraman forayed into politics in 2008 as a member of BJP

and spent the remnants of her time as a spokesperson of the party

untill she was inducted into Narendra Modi’s cabinet in 2014.

she was elected to rajya sabha in 2014 and subsequently in 2016 . 

she currently serves as the Minister of defense, the second woman to hold the post since Indira Gandhi.



2003 –    Member, National commission for women

2008 –   She joined BJP

2014 –  Elected to Rajya Sabha {regined w.e.f. 17 june 2016}

2014 –  Minister of state [independent charge ] of the ministry of commerce and industry.

2014 –  Minister of state in the Ministry of finance; and Minister of state in the Ministry of corporate Affairs.

2016 –  Elected to rajya sabha for a second term from karnatka.

2017 –  Appointed as Minister of Defense.

2019 – She was inducted into Modi’s cabinet as Minister of Finance.



1986 –  She worked at pricewaterhouse cooper as a senior manager and breifly worked for BBC world service


For sitaraman

handling the finance portfolio will be a full-time assignment,

thus breaking yet another glass ceiling.

A couple of hours after the portfolios of the second Modi government

were announced on Friday afternoonSitharaman reached the corner room of

the North Block’s first floor that houses the office of the Union finance minister,

with all the attendant gravitas of helming a $2.9 trillion economy and

the pervading halo of illustrious predecessors dating back seven decades.

After taking charge and After taking charge and holding

a brief interaction with six secretaries — five from finance and one from the Ministry of Corporate Affairs,

the other ministry that she heads — she rushed towards the Prime Minister’s Office

to attend the first cabinet meeting of the new government.

The chairmen of the Central Board of Direct Taxes and Central Board of Indirect Taxes

and Customs, among others, were also present at Sitharaman’s first informal meeting with key officials.

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