Proud to have Nirmala Sitharaman as India’s defence minister

My Times Today.From being a trained economist, a former employee of PriceWaterhouseCooper to being the first woman to independently run the Defence Ministry, Sitharaman has taken on several roles in her life.

She graduated from Seethalakshmi Ramaswami College, Tiruchirapalli, and went on to pursue a Masters degree in Economics at Jawaharlal Nehru University  in Delhi.

In JNU, she fell in love with  Parakala Prabhakar, the son of an Andhra Pradesh minister Parakala Seshavataram of the 1970s. She eventually moved to London where Parakala Nirmala went on to do his PhD from the London School Of Economics.


From taking on the role of a Salesgirl to now being the one who runs the Defence Ministry, Sitharaman has surely come a long, long way!

Sitharaman and her husband moved back to India to raise their child in 1991. Parakala set up a marketing research agency in Hyderabad, a trust in memory of his father, and along with Nirmala, started a school, states.

Her husband Prabhakar and his family have been a Congress supporter for decades, but Nirmala stood by her choice.

In 2010, Nirmala Sitharama was made the spokesperson of the BJP when Nitin Gadkari was the party president.  Following the remarkable victory of the BJP in 2014 elections, Nirmala Sitharama was inducted in the Narendra Modi cabinet as the MoS Commerce Ministry.

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