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Palaniappan Chidambaram

Palaniappan Chidambaram

About Palaniappan Chidambaram

P Chidambaram is the current Finance Minister of India. He was shifted from the Home ministry to Finance Minister after his predecessor Pranab Mukherjee was elected the President of India.

Chidambaram earlier took charge as the new Home Minister of India on December 1, 2008 after Shivraj Patil resigned from his post. Chidambaram is a Member of Parliament from the South Indian district of Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu.

Personal Biography

Chidambaram did his MBA at the Harvard. He is noted lawyer too.

Professional Biography

Political entry

Chidambaram made a stint as Minister of Internal Security under late Rajiv Gandhi in late 1980s. He served as the Deputy Minister of Personnel and Training in 1985.

On UPA Government Trust Vote in Lok Sabha 2008

Speaking soon after the UPA won the trust vote, Chidambaram said, "This government has an absolute majority even in a full house. We had a clear majority amongst the members present and voting. This number gives us a confidence to go forward. We will try to reach out and try to get support of some other members who are not opposed to economic reforms, social reforms and try to take the economic reform agenda and social reform agenda forward."

On early elections

On July 9, Chidambaram dismissed possibility of early general elections. "These are all hypothetical questions, elections will take place according to the schedule in April, May 2009", he said. He said that the Government will speed up reforms that could see passage of bills, including the insurance legislation and that the process will speed up post Lefts withdrawal from the UPA Government.

As Indian Finance Minister

Chidambaram is well known for his good policities that lead India on a steady growth path. The average growth during his four-year tenure between 2004-2008 is nearly nine per cent.

As Indian Home Minister

Chidambaram serves as the Indian Home Minister. For more information on his role as Home Minister, read Palaniappan Chidambaram as Indian Home Minister.

Re-election in 2009 Indian Elections

Chidambaram defeated Raja Kannappan of AIADMK by 3,354 votes in Sivaganga Parliamentary Constituency in the 2009 Indian Parliamentary Elections. Chidambaram was trailing for most part of the election counting phase right from the morning. Infact reports are out that he lost the election and that the Congress will still have him as the Home Minister even if he lost the election. However by evening, the situation turned in favor of Chidambaram gained some lead and later zoomed to win the election.

On J-K issue

In October 09, Chidambaram said that Government would follow the policy of quiet diplomacy to find a solution to the problem in Jammu and Kashmir.


  • September 2008: Reassurance statements by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Chidambaram that Indian economy will remain unaffected from the global financial crisis has boosted Sensex by 645 points at midsession
  • Answering questions on behalf of Finance Minister Manmohan Singh in Rajya Sabha in December 08, Chidambaram said that India is nowhere near recession and is only affected by global growth.

Quotes by Chidambaram

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Reconstitution of Inter-State Council
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Andhra Pradesh News on September 21, 2012
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Direct Tax Code likely to get delayed
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