About P. Chidambaram
P. Chidambaram is an Indian politician who is associated with Indian National Congress which is the oldest party of India. He is currently the Union minister of Finance for the UPA government and was the part of the UPA government in both the terms. During the last term of government he was the Finance Minister of India from May 2004 to November 2008. In November 2008, he was made the Home minister as Shri. Shivraj Patil resigned the Home ministry following the terror attacks in Mumbai. He remained on that post till he was made the Finance minister of India after Pranab Mukherjee became the President of India.
Personal life of P. Chidambaram
P. Chidambaram was born in the year 1945 on 16th September. He was born in Sivaganga district of Tamil Nadu to Smt. Lakshmi Achi and Shri Kandanur L. Ct. L. Palaniappa Chettiar and have three siblings – a sister and two brothers. His father was a businessman while his maternal grandfather and uncles were co founders of Indian Overseas Bank, United India Insurance and Indian Bank. His grandfather was an healthy businessman and was the founder of Annamalai University in Tamil Nadu. He has also been the part of many social works.
P. Chidambaram was very studious, he completed his higher secondary education from Madras Christian College Higher Secondary School while completed pre degree from Loyola College Chennai. He is a double graduate and holds bachelor’s degrees in BA (Statistics) and Law. He has also done MBA from Harvard Business School.
He married Smt. Nalini Chidambaram who was the daughter of the retired Justice of SC. They have a son Karti P. Chidambaram who is an AICC member of Congress party. Karti is married to Dr Srinidhi Rangarajan and have a daughter named as Aditi Nalini Chidambaram.
P. Chidambaram ‘s entry into politics
P. Chidambaram started his career in Law and became lawyer in Madras High Court as he was not much interested in his father’s business. Later he became the lawyer of Supreme Court and other higher courts of the country. His entry into politics and being the part of INC was an gradual process which took place slowly and steadily.
Political Journey of P. Chidambaram
He became the member of AICC in 1972.
He remained as the Youth Congress President of Tamil Nadu between 1973-1976.
He became the general secretary of Pradesh Congress Committee during the time period of 1976-1977.
He was elected as the member for the first time to the 8th Lok Sabha in the year 1984 from Sivaganga constituency.
He became the joint secretary of All India Congress Committee and Union Deputy Minister of Commerce in 1985.
He was the Union Deputy Minister of Pensions, Administrative reforms, Personnel and Training Public Grievances during the time period of 1985-1986.
He became the Union Minister of Home Affairs, Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions during the time period of 1986-1989.
He was elected as the member for the second time to the 9th Lok Sabha in the year 1989.
He was the member of the review committee which reviewed the Sabha Secretariat Rules, 1955 and Consultative Committee which was constituted under the Punjab State Legislature (Delegation of Powers) Act, 1987 in the year 1990.
He became the member of the Committee on Public Accounts and Ministry of Finance Consultative Committee during the time period of 1990-1991.
He was elected as the member for the third time to the 10th Lok Sabha in the year 1991.
He became the Union minister of State for Commerce twice from 1991-92 and 1995-96.
He was elected as the member for the fourth time to the 11th Lok Sabha in the year 1996.
He became the Union minister of Finance during 1996-98 time period. He was also given the additional responsibility of Law and Justice and Company Affairs.
He was elected as the member for the fifth time to the 12th Lok Sabha in the year 1998.
He was the member of Committee of Privileges, Ministry of External Affairs’ Consultative Committee and Committee on Finance during 1989 -99.
He was elected as the member for the sixth time to the 14th Lok Sabha in the year 2004.
He was the Union Cabinet minister of Finance from 23rd May, 2004 – 30th November, 2008.
He was elected as the member for the seventh time to the 15th Lok Sabha in the year 2004.
He became the Union Cabinet minister for Home Affairs during the period of May 2009- July 2012.
He is currently the Cabinet minister of Finance and is on the post from August 2012.
Controversies surrounding P. Chidambaram
In September 2011, Subramanian Swamy has accussed P. Chidambaram of having involed in the 2G spectrum scam. He had also moved to SC over the same. In February 2012, SC handed over the case to CBI to look into the case. CBI was not able to collect any solid evidence against P Chidambaram and for that reason could not prove his involvement in the scam. Following that Supreme Court gave clean chit to him.
An enquiry was approved by the then president of India A.P.J. Abdul Kalam on P. Chidambaram and Manmohan Singh for holding office of profit during the election time. Election Commission had authorized the enquiry.
In 1997, he announced Voluntary Disclosure of Income Scheme or VDIS. Under this scheme the defaulters got indefinite immunity for disclosing their assets and properties under the Companies Act 1953, Income Tax Act 1957 and the Foreign exchange Regulation Act 1973. He was highly criticized for being unjust towards the regular tax payers by the Auditor General of India and the Comptroller.
He was criticized for ordering lathi charge on the protestors at Ramlila Maidan who were protesting in a non violent way under the leadership of Baba Ramdev to bring back the black money that was kept in foreign banks. He was also accused of planning the arrest of Anna Hazare who was the part of the Anti Corruption movement.