Nirmala Sitharman said her appointment sent a "big message to the world of what's the status of women in India... This country will never stop promoting women".
Nirmala Sitharaman, who was promoted to the cabinet as the country's next Defence Minister, said it was a "big message" to the world and the country will "never stop promoting women". Ms Sitharaman is India's first woman Defence Minister after Indira Gandhi, who handled the portfolio during her tenure as the Prime Minister more than 30 years ago.
Calling her appointment a matter of "cosmic grace", Ms Sitharman said it also sent a "big message to the world of what's the status of women in India... This country will never stop promoting women". Referring to the other woman minister she would follow in the crucial Cabinet Committee for Security, Ms Sitharaman said, "Sushma ji paved the way and now I have a responsibility to fulfill'.
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