Sunday, 3rd September, 2017 Nirmala Sitharaman becomes India’s Second Woman Defence Minister after our respective Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Cabinet saw induction of new ministers ahead of the 2019 General Elections.
Its been approximately 35 years since India have seen the woman Defence Minister. Former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi became the first Defence Minister in 1975 and again in 1980-82.
Madurai-born Sitharaman, takes over from Jaitley on Sunday. She was earlier minister of state for commerce, and also has a masters in economics from Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi and has worked for PwC, London and briefly with BBC World Service. She thanked the leaders and PM for her promotion and stated it as the “cosmic grace”.
“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,” she told reporters here after taking oath.
Manohar Parrikar (Former Defence minister) , Kiran Bedi and many from others praised her and congratulated her.