This govt has faced tonnes of questions, we’re continuously put on test: Nirmala Sitharaman at Express Adda
This edition of Express Adda held in Mumbai hosted Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman. In a discussion moderated by National Opinion Editor Vandita Mishra, Sitharaman spoke on being an outsider in Delhi, the civil-military relationship and modernising the Forces.
On being an outsider in Delhi
Delhi was not completely a new place for me but as a political worker, it was a new place. The opportunity was given but yes I was moving like a nomad, in all my friends’ places. It took me nearly two years of spokespersonship being a nomad in Delhi. There was a time when I had a little hesitation in my mind — after all you belong to a family which is alright with you doing all these things but after a point they started asking, where are you actually? Do you have a place?
On being India’s first woman Defence Minister
I am thoroughly enjoying (being Defence Minister) because it’s so much of a challenge. Much to my surprise, not a moment have I been made to feel, ‘alright a woman, probably the prime minister wanted to make a token gesture’. The ease with which people have taken this thought of a woman minister has been a great strength for me and has made my job far easier. So, this narrative outside saying there is a glass ceiling that you have to break…none of that.