P. Chidambaram Age, Caste, Wife, Family, Biography & More
Bio/Wiki Full NamePalaniappan Chidambaram ProfessionPolitician Famous forFinance Minister of India from 2004-2014 Physical Stats & More Height (approx.)in centimeters- 175 cm in meters- 1.75 m in feet inches- 5’ 9” Weight (approx.)in kilograms- 80 kg in pounds- 176 lbs Eye ColourBlack Hair ColourBlack Politics Political Party• Indian National Congress (INC) (1972-1996)
Some Lesser Known Facts About P. Chidambaram
P. Chidambaram is an Indian politician popularly known for being India’s Finance Minister from 2004-2014. He is one of the senior Spokespersons of the Indian National Congress (INC).
His mother, Lakshmi Achi, was the daughter of Sir Annamalai Chettiar, who was the founder of the Annamalai University and the United India Insurance Company.
During his college days, he was influenced by the Left’s ideology. In 1969, he joined N. Ram (Editor of The Hindu) and women’s activist Mythili Sivaraman and started a political journal- “The Radical View”.
Chidambaram is also a Supreme Court lawyer.
P. Chidambaram In Court
P. Chidambaram had a love marriage. Their families were against the marriage so he eloped with his wife and got married on 11 December 1968. They had invited their parents but they did not attend. After a gap of nine months, their families finally accepted them.
P. Chidambaram With His Wife Nalini Chidambaram
The Budget that he presented in 1997 as the Finance Minister is still considered the dream budget for the Indian Economy.
P Chidambaram Presenting The 1997 Budget
Her mother, Lakshmi Achi, attended the Budget session of 1997. She said that in those days, you could sit in the parliament and listen to the budget. Chidambaram spoke for one and a half hours. She stated that she was proud that her son had presented a balanced budget.
P. Chidambaram’s Mother Lakshmi Achi
According to his mother, he has a very strong memory. He absorbs everything that he reads and is a very fast reader; by the time someone finishes reading 1 page, he would’ve already completed 10.
On 25 November 2005, Chidambaram merged his party, Congress Jananayaka Peravai, with the Indian National Congress after being made the Finance Minister.
P Chidambaram Handing Over The Merger Papers Of His Party With The Congress To Sonia Gandhi
In 2004, he was inducted into the Manmohan Singh Government as the Finance Minister.
P. Chidambaram With Manmohan Singh
In November 2008, he was appointed as the Home Minister after the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks following the resignation of Shivraj Patil as Home Minister.
P Chidambaram As The Home Minister
In 2012, he was appointed as the Finance Minister again when Pranab Mukherjee (the then Finance Minister of India) became the President of India.
P. Chidambaram With Pranab Mukherjee
On 5 July 2016, he was elected to the Rajya Sabha.
P. Chidambaram Filing His Nomination For The Rajya Sabha
On 4 December 2019, he walked out of jail after almost three months, with the Supreme Court granting him bail in the INX Media money laundering case. He spent 105 days in prison, mostly in Delhi’s Tihar Jail.