How much do you know about India’s New Defence Minister? What makes her so special?

Well, India is really shining now! The prime minister, Narendra Modi’s cabinet already has six women ministers. All 6 of those had created a history in their previous field. But, one among them, who is newly appointed as Defence Minister, has just turned the entire world back to India.

Nirmala Sitharaman is India’s first woman, who has elected as full-time Defence Minister. Prior to this, former PM Indira Gandhi held the defence portfolio as an additional two times.

Do you know what makes Nirmala Sitharaman very interesting?

She was born to a middle-class family in Madurai on August 18, 1958. Her father, Narayanan Sitharaman was an employee in the railways while her mother Savitri was a homemaker and a great lover of books. She spent her childhood in different parts of Tamil Nadu since her father’s job was transferable.

She was graduated from Seethalaxmi Ramaswamy College, Tiruchirapalli and after her graduation;she had joined the Jawaharlal Nehru University in Delhi further she completed her masters in Economics.

Nirmala Sitharaman pursued her Ph.D. dissertation on Indo-European textile trade.

In 1986, she got married to Prakala Prabhakar in 1986 and moved to London and she started her career as Senior Manager as PricewaterhouseCoopers. Her husband is also an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University and London School of Economics.

For a while, before returning to India in 1991, she also worked at BBC World Service.

She is one of the funding directors of Pranava, a school located in Hyderabad.

In 2003, she was appointed as a member of National Commission for Women (NCW) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government and remained till 2005. A year later, she has joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

In 2010, Nirmala became a BJP spokesperson and her career in politics has begun with a great track.

On 26th May 2014, when BJP has assumed charge at the center, she has elected as a Minister of State, Commerce, and Industry with independent charge.

Also, she handled the ministry of finance and corporate affairs prior to the cabinet reshuffle.

Till date no one knew this highly qualified women but we are sure that the entire nation will praise her, hence these are few interesting facts about her, and many are yet to be revealed! Her career as a Defence Minister has just begun and we hope that her courage and bravery will lead Indian Army to fly high to its glory.