Sithara­man’s jour­ney up the po­lit­i­cal lad­der

Governance Now - - MADAM RAKSHA MANTRI -

Born

Au­gust 18, 1959 in Madu­rai, Tamil Nadu

Ed­u­ca­tion

School­ing, and grad­u­a­tion in eco­nom­ics from Seetha­lak­shmi Ra­maswamy Col­lege in Tiruchi­ra­palli. Mas­ters in Eco­nom­ics from Jawa­har­lal Nehru Univer­sity, New Delhi

2003-05

Mem­ber of Na­tional Com­mis­sion for Women

2006

Joined the BJP

2008

Be­came mem­ber of the na­tional ex­ec­u­tive of BJP

2010

Ap­pointed BJP spokesper­son

2014

Ap­pointed min­is­ter of state (in­de­pen­dent charge) in the min­istry of com­merce and in­dus­try. Won by-elec­tion to Ra­jya Sabha from AP

2016

Elected to Ra­jya Sabha from Kar­nataka

2017

Ap­pointed de­fence min­is­ter

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