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Palaniappan Chidambaram
பழனியப்பன் சிதம்பரம்
MP of Rajya Sabha [1]
Incumbent
Assumed office
5 July 2016
Preceded by Avinash Pandey, INC
Minister of Finance
In office
31 July 2012 â€“ 17 May 2014
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Manmohan Singh
Succeeded by Arun Jaitley
In office
22 May 2004 â€“ 30 November 2008
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Jaswant Singh
Succeeded by Manmohan Singh
In office
1 May 1997 â€“ 19 March 1998
Prime Minister I. K. Gujral
Preceded by I. K. Gujral
Succeeded by Yashwant Sinha
In office
1 June 1996 â€“ 21 April 1997
Prime Minister H. D. Deve Gowda
Preceded by Jaswant Singh
Succeeded by I. K. Gujral
Minister of Home Affairs
In office
29 November 2008 â€“ 31 July 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Shivraj Patil
Succeeded by Sushilkumar Shinde
Minister of State for Personnel, Public Grievances and Pensions
In office
30 November 2009 â€“ 31 July 2012
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh
Preceded by Shivraj Patil
Succeeded by Sushilkumar Shinde
In office
26 December 1985 â€“ 2 December 1989
Preceded by Kamakhya Prasad Singh Deo
Succeeded by Margaret Alva
Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha) for
Sivaganga
In office
1984–1989
Preceded by R. Swaminathan
In office
1989–1991
1991–1996
1996–1998
1998–1999
In office
1998–1999
Succeeded by E. M. Sudarsana Natchiappan
In office
2004–2009
Preceded by E. M. Sudarsana Natchiappan
In office
2009–2014
Succeeded by P.R. Senthilnathan
Personal details
Born (1945-09-16) 16 September 1945 (age 71)
Kandanur, Madras Presidency, British India
Political party Indian National Congress (Before 1996; 2004–present)
Other political
affiliations
Tamil Maanila Congress (1996–2001)
Congress Jananayaka Peravai (2001–2004)
Spouse(s) Nalini Chidambaram
Children Karti
Alma mater University of Madras
Harvard University
Profession Lawyer
Religion Atheism

Corruption is not the sole test of your worthiness to form the government.
As far as the Congress is concerned, we condemn any attempts to oppress the Dalits in strongest terms. If there are parties trying to fan the OBC-Dalit divide in Tamil Nadu, we need to collectively condemn them.
Palaniappan Chidambaram
I don't think anyone has qualms in saying victory to the people of India. But when a political party appropriates such a slogan and says this is the definition of patriotism, those who say it are patriotic and those who don't are not patriotic, then I reject that definition.
Palaniappan Chidambaram
A government must always be prepared for the unexpected.
Unfortunately, terror is now linked to immigration, and anyone with dark skin or a beard or a Muslim name is suspect. Russia, France, then the United Kingdom, and now even Germany have no qualms about going far beyond their borders to strike at the enemies of their countries.
Palaniappan Chidambaram
Once the war of words begins, truth is the casualty.
Pakistan is not a rogue state, but it harbours and covertly supports rogue elements. While war is not the answer, hard or coercive diplomacy could be.
Palaniappan Chidambaram
I think preaching equality among unequals is the worst form of discrimination.
Palaniappan Chidambaram
I firmly believe that the Constitution is the most powerful challenge to illiberal tendencies. If the Constitution is followed in letter and spirit and if the laws are made in the spirit in which Constitution was made, liberties can indeed be protected.
Palaniappan Chidambaram
I belong to the Congress. My party has always supported prohibition, though it may not have been successful in implementing prohibition in many states.
Palaniappan Chidambaram
Not all ideas will be accepted, but every idea deserves its own space, and every idea deserves to be expressed.
Palaniappan Chidambaram
I readily concede that a prime minister is not required to speak on every occasion or on every subject, but when there is a duty to speak, silence is unacceptable. Silence can be a strategy, silence can be a tactic, but silence can never be an answer to the ills of our polity and the fault lines of our society.
Palaniappan Chidambaram