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Ms Sitharaman described her appointment as a reflection of the growing status of women in Indian society. Gender, clearly, was not a factor.

Reacting to her appointment, Sithraman said she felt very humbled and she can not describe her recognition in words.

Sitharaman is married to Parakala Prabhakar, an alumnus of Jawaharlal Nehru University and London School of Economics, and the couple has a daughter.

PM Modi had met the group of ministers ahead of the ceremony and reportedly told them to perform and "do a good job".

"It (her appointment) is great for the country, not just for the women.it also sends a message globally". The Prime Minister now leads a big, 75-strong ministerial team - nearly as large as the UPA's, but unlike perhaps in Congress-led Councils of Ministers, two governance messages are clear: First, Ministers in key portfolios have to perform and get the word out. "After my taking charge, I will be certainly be going through a lot of what has happened on that front".

She said she would look into the matter of giving combat roles to women with an open mind and not as a matter of patronage.

Nirmala Sitharaman becomes India's second women defence minister after Indira Gandhi who served as defence minister in 1975 and again in 1980-1982.

Sources said Sitharaman was approached after the refusal by these three ministers and she was forced to accept it, a decision attributable to many reasons. Here are some things about Nirmala Sitharaman that we ought to know. The Doklam crisis may be over for now, but a state of readiness has to be maintained. Goyal will continue to head the Coal Ministry.

The drawback of having only a part-time defense minister was complicated by the fact Jaitley's other portfolio was the powerful finance ministry, which demonetized 86 percent of the country's currency previous year and introduced a national goods and services tax in July.

Both are former civil servants and now not MPs. Major reforms concerning the following have been approved. Suresh Prabhu is Minister of Commerce and Industry. "It only adds to your performance if you are ready to take on-board the corrections that may be workable", she said.

Several experts read various messages behind the Modi government's latest move to give defence portfolio, generally considered as a male-bastion, as it deals with country's military might and safety from any foreign aggression, to a woman.

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