Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman has been placed in the Celebrating Women’ list of UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid. She is among the 100 most influential women in driving forward relationship of UK and India.
Monday was marked as India Day in the Houses of Parliament in London. In the list titled “100 Most Influential in UK-India Relations,” Sitharaman is credited as playing pivotal role in the bilateral relationship.
The list notes, “Having studied at the London School of Economics (LSE) and worked in the UK in her previous career, Nirmala is familiar with the UK more so than probably all her other colleagues.”
Sitharaman is currently the finance minister. Earlier she was India’s defence minister. She is also the Minister of Corporate Affairs.
Britain’s Secretary of State for Defence Penny Mordaunt is also credited as the first woman who has been assigned the role in UK Cabinet.
The list notes about her, “With India emerging as the world’s largest importer of defence products, and a significant strategic partner for the UK, Penny plays a crucial role in the UK-India relationship.”
Indian High Commissioner to the UK, Ruchi Ghanashyam, too has a place in the list. She welcomed the compilation.
Ghanashyam said, “This list highlights the huge potential for the future of the UK and India as they continue to forge on together as two great countries. From business to politics, and art and literacy, women are continuing to pave the way in bringing together this bold partnership through collaboration and relationships.”