During the recent Central Cabinet Expansion,Nirmala Sitharaman sworn in as India’s new Defence Minister. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promoted her to the portfolio of defence ministry. Apparently, the video of Nirmala Sitharaman preparing famous Avakaya Pickle went viral on social media.
The video was published by her husband Parakala Prabhakar, Communications Adviser to the chief minister of Andhra Pradesh. In fact, the video was released on YouTube when she was part of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on May 16, 2013.
Soon after the appointment as Defence Minister, the video featuring Nirmala Sitharaman along with her mother making mouth-watering avakai pickle (mango pickle) went viral. In the video, Sitharaman is seen as a complete home maker wearing salwaar kameez.
Nirmala Sitharaman becomes India’s second women defence minister after Indira Gandhi who served as defence minister in 1975 and again in 1980-1982. However, Nirmala is the first women to hold the position full-time.
Before appointing as the defence minister, Sitharaman formerly served as a Minister of State for Finance and Corporate Affairs under the Minister of Commerce and Industry. She was a national BJP spokesperson during the 2014 Modi campaign.
Sitharaman appointment as Defence Minister came as the biggest surprise in the Cabinet reshuffle. The Cabinet reshuffle saw nine new ministers being sworn in, some of the BJP leaders to key positions and inducting new members with an eye on the 2019 elections.