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Nirmala Sitharaman Age, Husband, Family, Caste, Biography

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Husband: Parakala Prabhakar
Net Worth: Rs. 2.63 Crore
Age: 64 Years

Nirmala Sitharaman

Bio
ProfessionPolitician
Politics
Political PartyBharatiya Janata Party (BJP)
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Political Journey2008: Joined Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and was appointed as its national executive.
2010: Elected as the BJP's spokesperson.
Nirmala Sitharaman as BJP's spokesperson
2014: Became the Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs as the Minister of State (with Independent Charge).
2017: Became the Minister of Defence.
2019: Beceame the Cabinet Minister of Finance and Corporate Affairs
2024: Took oath as a Cabinet Minister in Modi 3.0 government on 9 June 2024
Physical Stats & More
Height (approx.)5' 4" (163 cm)
Eye ColourBlack
Hair ColourBlack
Personal Life
Date of Birth18 August 1959 (Tuesday)
Age (as of 2023)64 Years
BirthplaceMadurai, Tamil Nadu, India
Zodiac signLeo
NationalityIndian
HometownTiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
SchoolSeethalakshmi Ramaswamy College, Tiruchirappalli
CollegeSeethalakshmi Ramaswamy College, Tiruchirappalli
Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi
Educational Qualification(s)Masters in Economics
PhD in Indo-European textile trades
FamilyFather- Narayanan Sitaraman (Indian Railways Employee)
Mother- K. Savitri (Homemaker)
Brother- Not Known
Sister- 1
ReligionHinduism
CasteBrahmin
AddressPlot No.M-6, Green Lands, Manchirevula Vill., Rajendra Nagar Mandal, Ranga Reddy Dist., Telangana
HobbiesReading, writing, listening to classical music, cooking
Favourite Things
FoodAloo Halwa
Restaurant Govinda, a restaurant at the Iskcon temple in East of Kailash, Delhi
Boys, Affairs and More
Marital StatusMarried
Husband/SpouseParakala Prabhakar (Political commentator, Communications advisor, m.1986-present)
Nirmala Sitharaman with her husband
ChildrenSon- None
Daughter- Vangmayi
Money Factor
Salary (as a Member of Parliament)Rs. 1 Lakh + Other Allowances
Net Worth (approx.)Rs. 2.63 Crore (as of 2019)

Nirmala Sitharaman

Some Lesser Known Facts About Nirmala Sitharaman

  • Sitharaman was born into a middle-class Tamil-Brahmin family who spent her childhood in different parts of Tamil Nadu due to her father’s transferable job in the Indian Railways.
  • She is a perfect blend of her father’s disciplinary nature and her mother’s love for books.
  • Her favourite subject in her college days was globalisation and its impact on developing countries.

    Nirmala Sitharaman in younger days

    Nirmala Sitharaman in younger days

  • She was married into a ‘Congress oriented’ family as her mother-in-law was a Congress MLA in Andhra Pradesh, while her father-in-law was a Minister in the Andhra Pradesh Congress Govt. in 1970s.
  • She started her career as an assistant to Economist in the Agricultural Engineers Association in London. She subsequently worked as Senior Manager (Research and Analysis) with Price Waterhouse, London. She also worked in  BBC World Service for a while.
  • On her return to India in 1991, she served as Dy. Director of the Centre for Public Policy Studies in Hyderabad.
  • She was an educationist and was also one of the founding members of ‘Pranava’, a reputed school in Hyderabad.
  • She is an avid reader and writes the press releases on her own.
  • She is a devotee of ‘Lord Krishna’ and has a huge collection of his bhajans.
  • She is a sari enthusiast, and has a good collection of vintage silk and cotton Kanjeevarams.
  • She was nominated to the National Commission for Women (NCW) during the NDA regime (1998-2004) under Atal Bihari Vajpayee, but her term was immediately ended when the UPA came at the centre in 2004.
  • Sushma Swaraj was very impressed with her work in NCW after which she recommended Sitharaman to the party.
  • In 2008, she joined the BJP while her husband joined Telugu film star Chiranjeevi‘s political party, Praja Rajyam.
  • When BJP came into power in 2014, she was inducted in the Narendra Modi cabinet as the MoS Commerce Ministry with independent charge. After a Cabinet reshuffle, she was promoted and was given the ministry of finance and corporate affairs.
  • On 3 September 2017, she succeeded Arun Jaitley as the Defence Minister of India. With this, she became the first full-time woman Defence Minister and the second woman to hold this post after Indira Gandhi, who once held the additional charge for 20 days.

    Nirmala Sitharaman taking oath as Defence Minister of India

    Nirmala Sitharaman taking oath as Defence Minister of India

  • On 30 May 2019, she became the first full-time woman Finance Minister of India.

  • In January 2024, IRS officer B. Balamurugan from Tamil Nadu criticised Sitharaman in a letter penned to President Droupadi Murmu and urged her removal. He, however, was later suspended; he had accused her of using the ED for political reasons in a July 2023 case. [1]The Indian Express
  • Sitharaman broke the record for consecutive budget presentations by presenting her seventh interim Budget in 2024. She broke the record previously held by former Prime Minister Morarji Desai.
  • Ahead of the 2024 Lok Sabha elections, she announced that she had decided not to contest the Lok Sabha elections, citing lack of money and her inability to meet the “winnability criteria” in southern States. [2]The Hindu

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