Palaniappan Chidambaram

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From the archives of India Today , June 5, 2009

A Left supporter in the 1960s, Chidambaram became the face of economic reforms as the youngest finance minister in 1996 under H.D. Deve Gowda. Later, he got the finance portfolio again under the UPA Government in 2004.

Style statement: Sports a spotless white veshti (dhoti). Loves to go for a drive in his car after office hours.


• Tackling terrorism, Naxalite violence and insurgency in the North-east.

• Full operationalisation of Multi-Agency Centre for better coordination and sharing of information among intelligence agencies.

• Modernisation of state police forces and filling vacancies, especially in the higher echelons.

• Operationalising the National Investigation Agency which was set up following the 26/11 Mumbai terror attacks.

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