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Lesser Known Facts About Nirmala Sitharaman : Most Powerful Indian Woman!

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Indian Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is one of the most talked about ministers from the Modi cabinet. The Madurai-born leader is known for fiery speeches in the parliament, and her stance on several economic policies of the country.

Here are a few interesting facts about the 63-year-old NDA Minister 

Fm Nirmala Sitharaman Admitted To Aiims

She is a member of the Rajya Sabha, upper house of the Indian Parliament, since 2014. Credits – CNBC

Only Second to Indira Gandhi!

Nirmala Sitharaman is first woman Defence Minister after ex PM Indira Gandhi;  here's a look at other female defence ministers across world who made a  mark | The Financial Express

Indira Gandhi served as a Defence Minister in 1970

When Sitharaman was appointed as Defence Minister in September 2017, she became the only second woman leader to hold that position. Earlier former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi had served as a Defence Minister in 1970, for a year. Indira Gandhi took over the portfolio of defence, besides being the Prime Minister of the country. 

Most Powerful Woman In India 

Nirmala Sitharaman among 6 Indians in Forbes' list of '100 Most Powerful  Women'

Nirmala Sitharaman is the top ranked Indian women in the Forbes list of “World’s Most Powerful Women’

Sitharaman has consistently been featured in the Forbes list of the world’s most powerful women. In 2022, she was ranked 36 on the list. Sitharaman is the highest-ranked Indian among the six Indian women on this list.

Sitharaman As A Salesperson?

Nirmala Sitharaman stayed in London for a few years, and during that period she worked as a salesperson for Habitat, a home decor store. During her stay in the UK, she took up several jobs. She also served as an assistant to Economist in the Agricultural Engineers Association in the UK. 

Married To A Congressman!

Nirmala Sitharaman's husband Parakala Prabhakar Biography -

Nirmala Sitharaman and her husband Parakala Prabhakar. Credits – TFI

While completing her Master’s at Jawaharlal Nehru University, Sitharaman met Parakala Prabhakar. The duo got married in 1986. Prabhakar is a Congressman who has also served as a Communication Advisor to the former Chief Minister of Andhra Pradesh. 

A School For The Underprivileged Students 

In Hyderabad, Sitharaman has opened a school for underprivileged children. She carried on this venture with the association of a policy research centre. 


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