For the first time in history, India gets a full-time Woman Defence Minister; Why China & Pakistan should fear for her?

The critics of PM Modi were happy that he didn’t find a suitable person for the post of defence minister because soon after the oath taking ceremony in the Rashrapathi Bhavan, PM Modi felt to China to take part in the BRICS Summit. When the political analysts’ speculation ends, PM Modi’s surprise will start. And this time too, he didn’t disappoint anyone.

When journalists started to tweet that the portfolio of defence ministry will be retained by Arun Jaitley, it was announced that Nirmala Sitharaman will be the new defence minister. By doing this, once again PM Modi showed that women are a major part of BJP. Sushma Swaraj and Smriti Irani are the other two gems in the Modi’s cabinet.

Nirmala Sitharaman: How she became Modi’s favourite?

The Madurai (Tamil Nadu) born politician was not even a Member of Parliament before getting the Commerce Ministry in the year 2014. Prior to join Modi’s cabinet, Nirmala Sitharaman had done commendable job by being the BJP spokesperson. She was successful enough to change the narrative prior to the 2014 elections. Yes, those were the days when the media was pouncing upon Modi, questioning the 2002 Godhra riots.

She was among few other BJP leaders, who were carrying laptops with them. She was highly appreciated for researching on a topic before going to the studio for discussion as a BJP spokesperson.

Highly qualified woman who held top notch positions!!!

She was the member of the National Commission for Women from 2003 to 2005. She joined the BJP’s national executive committee in 2008 and was appointed as party’s national spokesperson in 2010.

She had done her graduation in Economics from Seethaiakshmi Ramaswamy College in Tiruchirapalli. She went on to complete Masters and M.Phil in Economics from JNU Delhi. During the anti-national activities in the JNU campus, she had said that this is not the same old JNU where she had studied. She then worked in the Agricultural Engineers Association, UK in London, Senior Manager, Research and Analysis with PricewaterhouseCoopers, also in London and briefly with the BBC World Service.

She is among the few politicians who are without any controversies around them. Sitharaman represents Karnataka in the Rajya Sabha. She had married Parakala Prabhakar, the communication adviser to Andhra Pradesh chief minister N Chandrababu Naidu.

“Somebody who has come from a small town, grown into the party with all the support of the leadership, and if given such responsibility, it just makes you feel sometimes that cosmic grace is there. Otherwise it is impossible”, these were the words of Sitharaman after she took the oath.

Why is she the right person to head the Defence Ministry?

There is a lot of discussion on, who was the first woman defence minister. It was obviously Indira Gandhi but she held it as an additional charge from December 1 to 21, 1975 and January 14, 1980 to January 15, 1982. But for the first time, we are getting a full-time woman Defence Minister in the form of Nirmala Sitharaman.


During her tenure as a Commerce Minister, she was successful enough in negotiating with international bodies so that it would benefit India. Even in World Trade Organisation, her performance was excellent as she was able to put India’s point of view.

Now this is what expected from her as a defence minister. Yes, recently India won the Doklam war not with weapons but with Modi’s diplomacy. India was successful enough to grab the world’s attention when China and Pakistan was building the CPEC in the POK region.

A nation can become militarily strong by building friendship with new nations and continuing the good relations with the existing nations. This can be easily done under Nirmala Sitharaman’s tenure as a defence minister.

Republic TV reported that “Nirmala will now take key decisions on the new fighter aircraft for the Indian Air Force along with new submarines and fighter aircraft for the Navy”.

Source: http://www.hindustantimes.com/india-news/the-slow-but-steady-rise-of-raksha-mantri-nirmala-sitharaman/story-6hHwrcH1KAHl8yoyy4ZDVK.html



Nishika Ram