Some women are not made for following daily routine life. They special because not of their luck, they are at the top because they never let down her self. Nirmala Sitharaman, the name that has courage and lot of humanity.
Nirmala Sitharaman became India’s second woman defence minister and the first woman to hold the office full-time. It is for the first time ever that both the Defense Ministry and the External Affairs Ministry are under command of women.
- She holds a Masters Degree in Economics from JNU and is the first alumni from the University to become India’s Defense Minister.
- Before starting her political career, Sitharaman worked as Senior Manager (Research and Analysis) with Price Waterhouse in London. She also had a stint with the BBC World Service.
- She met her husband, Dr Parakala Prabhakar, at JNU. They married in 1986 and have a daughter.
- In 2003, Sitharaman was made a member of the National Commission for Women (NCW) in the Atal Bihari Vajpayee government. She remained an NCW member till 2005. A year later, in 2006, Nirmala joined the Bhartiya Janta Party (BJP). While Nirmala busied herself as an Educationist, she was also appointed as a member of the National Commission of Women and would often interact with Sushma Swaraj.
- The politician pens down her own press releases believe in studying and doing her ‘homework’ well and follows the party briefly before her speeches. She is also hands-on about editing any communication that goes out to the media.
- Nirmala Sitharaman works out of two offices. One from home and the other at the BJP HQ in New Delhi. The former wears the air of an on-the-job politician while the latter has her signature touch with a bookshelf and her stash of classical music CDs. She loves to collect songs of Lord Krishna and is a music aficionado.
- She sleeps for six hours and starts her day at 7 am by reading nine newspapers that takes almost three hours to complete. Once done, her fingertips are black and coated in newsprint.
Nirmala says, “I envy the girl I once was. The best advice I ever received? Always choose the middle path and try to maintain equanimity. In other words, never go to any extreme – don’t be too suppliant because you will lose your dignity nor be too overconfident and aggressive or you will eventually lose your ground. Remain balanced. That way you can never fall too far.”