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Former Union minister P Chidambaram addressing  the post annual budget 2015-16  press conference in New Delhi. Former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram at the Madhavrao Scindia memorial lecture in New Delhi. Former union minister and senior advocate P Chidambaram leaves Bombay High Court after appearing for Shardul in Shardul Shroff vs Cyril Shroff case in Mumbai. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and former Finance Minister P Chidambaram release the book 2014 The Election That Changed India authored by Rajdeep Sardesai (L) at a function in New Delhi. Former Union minister P Chidambaram at a press conference in Mumbai P. Chidambaram visited the Sai Baba shrine in Shirdi before he became Union home minister at the fag end of UPA-I—after 26/11 <b>P. Chidambaram</b>
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The Harvard Business School rolling trophy for “when the going gets tough, the tough get going” to PC for bravely standing up to the ‘Modi wave’ behind son Karti, in Sivaganga (honorable mention: Manish Tewari). Finance Minister P Chidambaram addresses a press conference at Congress Party office in New Delhi.


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Can it be that the ferocious firefights that unfold unfailingly, entertainingly,  every evening on news channels are only an act? Possibly not. It's just that BJP spo­k­esperson Ravi Shankar Prasad and P. Chidambaram put on their best manners at a book launch in Delhi. Finance Minister  P Chidambaram addresses the media at  All India Congress Committee headqaurters in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram casts his vote in Tamil Nadu. P. Chidambaram and his son Karti Chidambaram campaigning in the latter's Lok Sabha constituency, Sivaganga in Tamil Nadu. Finance minister, P Chidambaram with RBI Governor Raghuram G. Rajan at RBI office, in New Delhi. Seeking to paint a rosy picture, Finance Minister P Chidambaram today said the fiscal and current account deficits are under control and the economy is more stable than it was 18 months ago. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram addresses the NSUI National Convention in New Delhi.

Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram with Rajiv Takru, Secretary (Financial Services) during a Quarterly Performance Review Meeting with the Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) of Public Sector Banks and Financial Institutions in New Delhi.


RBI's governor Raghuram Rajan speaks with Finance Minister P. Chidambaram during the opening session of the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Bank Governors meeting in Sydney, Australia.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram shows a briefcase containing interim budget for the fiscal year 2014-15, with state ministers of finance Namo Narain Meena, left, and J.D. Seelam as they arrive at parliament in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram departs from North Block to Parliament House along with the Ministers of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena and Shri Jesudasu Seelam to present the Interim Budget 2014-15, in New Delhi.
Finance Minister P. Chidambaram gives final touches to the interim budget in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram releasing the Hindi Budget Manual at his office  in New Delhi.


Finance Minister P Chidambaram seeks blessings of Acharya Maha Shraman during 150th Maryada Mahotsav at Acharya Tulsi Samadhi Sthal in Bikaner. Union Ministers Farooq Abdullah and P Chidambaram at the launch of biography of Prathap Chandra Reddy, 'The Healer', in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram pose for a group photo with awardees during the International Customs Day 2014 function in New Delhi.

P. Chidambaram during a panel session on the second day of the 44th Annual Meeting of the World Economic Forum,  in Davos, Switzerland. Congress leaders at the Meeting of the Extended Congress Working Committee in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Congress leader Ambika Soni at the Meeting of the Extended Congress Working Committee in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram with I&B Minister Manish Tewari addressing a press conference in New Delhi. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi along with party leaders P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Ajay Maken addresses a press conference at AICC office in New Delhi. Seeking to give a big push to the Lokpal Bill, Rahul appealed to all political parties to support the legislation saying it is a very very powerful instrument in the fight against corruption. Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi along with party leaders P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Ajay Maken addresses a press conference at AICC office in New Delhi. Seeking to give a big push to the Lokpal Bill, Rahul appealed to all political parties to support the legislation saying it is a very very powerful instrument in the fight against corruption. Congress leader P Chidambaram spaeks as Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi and party leader Kapil Sibal look on at a press conference at AICC office in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi shake hands before a CWC meeting at 10 Janpath, in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Delhi CM Sheila Dikshit at the inaugural function of the regional office and a branch of Bharatiya Mahila Bank in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram speaks on “Ilangai Thamizhargalin Vazhvurimaiyum, Indhiya Arasin Nilayum (Indian Government’s Stand on The Sri Lankan Tamils Issue)” in Chennai. Finance Minister P Chidambaram presents CII President's award to the former Chairman of Tata Group Ratan Tata at the CII National Council Meeting in Mumbai. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram during the Central Bureau of Investigation’s  International Conference on “Evolving Common Strategies to Combat Corruption and Crime” in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram with PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Indra Nooyi during a meeting in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram and Union Minister for Minority Affairs, K. Rahman Khan release the Commemorative Coins to mark the culmination of 125th Anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad, in New Delhi
Union Home Minister P Chidambaram meets DMK chief M Karunanidhi at his residance in Chennai. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram speaks on the phone at a press conference in New Delhi. P. Chidambaram with MoS Namo Narain Meena (R) and Finance Secretary Rajiv Takru (L),during a meeting with the CMDs of Public Sector Banks and Financial Institutions in New Delhi.

Jacob Lew, left, U.S. Secretary of the Treasury, and  P. Chidambaram held a bi-lateral meeting at the International Monetary Fund.

BJP Senior leader LK Advani with Finance Minister P Chidambaram at the Sixteenth meeting of the National Integration Council in New Delhi. 
 <b>Watch that click</b> Finance minister P. Chidambaram inaugurating MCX-SX Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram addressing a press conference on Cabinet Committee on Infrastructure (CCI), in New Delhi. <b>The Quietest Shuttle</b>
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Even at work, P. Chidambaram has an unhurried style. So it wasn't an especially reposeful posture that he (seen here with wife Nalini) struck at an IBF match. Why, his placid, benign expression strongly suggests an interval! Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram with wife Nalini Chidambaram watches Indian Badminton League 2013 match in New Delhi, on Thursday 15 August. Parliamentary Affair Minister Kamal Nath with Union ministers P Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Ajit Singh at an all-party meet called by him to end Parliament logjam at Parliament House in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram at Parliament house in New Delhi during the monsoon session. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is greeted by Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram as MoS at PMO, V Narayanasamy claps during dedication of two BHEL projects to the nation at Thirumayam in Puthukottai district, Tamil Nadu. Finance Minister P Chidambaram at press conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at the release of the book <i>An agenda for India's growth: Essays in Honour of P Chidambaram</i> at a function in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Dy Chairman of Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia during a meeting with business leader of India at 7RCR in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram arrives for a meeting with all bank CMDs in Kolkata.  Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram with Union Health Minister Gulab Nabi Azad addressing the media after the Group of Ministers (GoM) on media in Jaipur. Finance Minister P Chidambaram speaks at the IVCA Conclave 2013 in New Delhi. <b>Gassed up</b> P. Chidambaram and Veerappa Moily outside the finance ministry Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram(C) during  a meeting with the CMD/CEOs of Public Sector Banks and Financial Institutions at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Minister for Consumer Affairs, Food and Public Distribution K.V. Thomas after a cabinet meeting at PM house in New Delhi. Tamil Nadu Governor K Rosaiah at the residence of Finance Minister P.Chidambaram to offer condolences on the death of his mother Lakshmi Aachi, in Chennai. Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narendra Modi, second right, talks to Finance Minister P Chidambaram, left, and Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Prithviraj Chavan, right, during a conference of the chief ministers of various states on Internal Security in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Finance Minister P Chidambaram  during the Chief  Minister’s Conference on Internal Security, in New Delhi. <b>Grand durbar</b> Sonia and Manmohan with the allies at Race Course Road Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi with Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram during the release of Report Card of UPA-II,  in New Delhi. Britain's Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne, second left, accompanied by Finance Minister P Chidambaram, left, tour the Pudding Mill Lane Crossrail construction site, in east London. Chief Minister of Karnataka Siddaramaiah welcomes Finance Minister P Chidambaram in Bengaluru. Finance Minister P Chidambaram with Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar during their visit at ancient Nalanda University in Bihar. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram at Parliament House in New Delhi during the budget session. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram with Purna R Saggurti, Chairman, Global Corporate & Investment Banking, Bank of America-Merrill Lynch and Indra Nooyi, CEO of Pepsico, during a luncheon session organised by USIBC in New York. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram.   In a major relief for the UPA, the Joint Parliamentary Committee on the 2G spectrum allocation gave Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Finance Minister P Chidambaram a clean chit. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram addressing the media after a meeting with corporates and bankers in Mumbai. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram addressing a press conference in New Delhi. <b>Collision course</b> Chidambaram with RBI governor D. Subbarao Indian Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram speaks during a press conference at the Japan National Press Club in Tokyo. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing Budget session. <b>Endgame round</b> Karunanidhi meets Azad, PC and A.K. Antony Union Ministers P Chidambaram, Kamal Nath and Manish Tewari addressing a press conference on withdrawal of support by DMK from UPA government, in New Delhi. File: Union Ministers AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram meet DMK chief M Karunanidhi at his residance in Chennai on Monday. DMK withdrew its support to the UPA and pulled out its five central ministers over the issue of alleged human rights violations of Tamils in Sri Lanka but the Congress-led government said there was no threat to its stability. Union Finance Minister, P.Chidambaram holding the Quarterly Performance Review meeting with CEOs of PSB and FIIs, in New Delhi. The Minister of State for Finance, Namo Narain Meena is also seen. Union Ministers AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad and P Chidambaram meet DMK chief M Karunanidhi at his residence in Chennai. Finance Minister P Chidambaram, RBI Governor D Subbarao and others at the RBI Central Board Meeting in New Delhi. <b>Lesson hour?</b> PC at SEWA Bank Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram prepares to reply the queries of citizens about the Union Budget through Google+Hangout at North Block in New Delhi. Finance Minister P Chidambaram at an interview with <i>PTI</i> in New Delhi.  Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram arrives at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing budget session. <b>With bated breath</b> Industrialists watch PC’s budget at CII Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram on the Electronic display outside the BSE building during the Budget presentation, in Mumbai. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram arrives at Parliament to present the annual budget in New Delhi. TV Grab: Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram presenting the Annual Budget 2013-14 in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram at his office before leaving for Parliament House to present the Annual Budget 2013-14, in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram is greeted by his grand daughter Aditi Nalini as he leaves his residence to present the Annual Budget 2013-14 in Parliament, in New Delhi. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram (c) arrives at the Parliament to present the annual budget, in New Delhi. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram arrives at Parliament to present the annual budget in New Delhi. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram at Parliament to present the annual budget in New Delhi. Finance Minister P. Chidambaram arrives at Parliament to present the annual budget in New Delhi. The Union Finance Minister, Shri P. Chidambaram giving final touches to the General Budget 2013-14, in New Delhi. The Ministers of State for Finance, Shri Namo Narain Meena and Shri S.S. Palanimanickam are also seen. Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Union Minister of Communications and IT, Kapil Sibal at Parliament House during the budget session, in New Delhi. Finance Minister P Chidambaram at Parliament House during the budget session, in New Delhi. Finance Minister P Chidambaram release brochure during a function to dedicate the Centralised Processing Cell of Tax Deducted at Source CPC (TDS) at Aayakar Bhawan, at Vaishali, Ghaziabad. Finance Minister P.Chidambaram comes out of the Parliament after attending the first day of the budget session in New Delhi. The three-month long session is expected to be stormy with opposition parties preparing to raise issues like corruption and inflation, even as the government expressed readiness to discuss all issues. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and I&B Minister Manish Tewari at a press conference in New Delhi. Union ministers P Chidambaram and Kapil Sibal at the inaugural session of Congress party's three-day Chintan Shivir in Jaipur. Finance Minister P Chidambaram with Ministers of State Namo Narain Meena and SS Palanimanickam at a pre-budget consultation with Industry & Trade Group in New Delhi. Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Minister of State Namo Narain Meena at a pre-budget consultation with the representatives of Banking & Financial Institutions in New Delhi.  Finance Minister P. Chidambaram with Ministers of State Namo Narain Meena and S.S. Palanimanickam at a pre-budget consultation with a social sector related group in New Delhi. Finance Minister P Chidambaram during a pre-Budget consultation with different stakeholder groups  in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram along with Ministers of State for Finance, Namo Narain Meena and S.S. Palanimanickam during a pre-Budget consultation in New Delhi. 
Union Ministers AK Antony, Ghulam Nabi Azad, P Chidambaram and Sharad Pawar with Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi at the 57th National Development Council meeting in New Delhi.  Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and I & B Minister Manish Tewari at a press conference in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P.Chidambaram and Rajasthan Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot donates an ambulance to Navjeevan Sanstha of Jodhpur under the Corporate Social Responsibility programme of State Bank of Bikaner and Jaipur (SBBJ) at an event to inaugurate the 1000th branch of the bank in Jaipur. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram with Deputy Prime Minister & Finance Minister of Singapore, Tharman Shanmugaratnam during the International Conference on Reviving Growth in New Delhi. Speaker Meira Kumar and Finance Minister P Chidambaram listen to BJP leader Yashwant Sinha in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram with  Lise Grande, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in India, and Chairman, CII Taskforce on Financial Services, M V Nair during the inauguration of Microfinance India Summit 2012 in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram arrives at Parliament House on the first day of its winter session in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram  during an interview with PTI in New Delhi Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Communications and IT Minister Kapil Sibal and I&B Minister Manish Tewari at a press conference in New Delhi. Finance Minister P Chidambaram and MoS Namo Narain Meena at a meeting with the Chief Executives of Public Sector banks and Financial Institutions in New Delhi.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at a meeting with his new Council of Ministers in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Finance Minister P Chidambaram and Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia at a meeting with the chiefs of Maharatnas, Navratnas and other PSUs in New Delhi. Union Finance minister P Chidambaram arrives for a  meeting with representatives of General Insurance sector companies in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram shakes hands with Finance Minister of Canada, Flaherty at a bilateral meeting in Tokyo, Japan. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram (2nd L) and US Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner (2nd R) arrive for the U.S. - India Economic and Financial Partnership meeting at Manekshaw Centre in New Delhi. Finance Minister P Chidambaram addresses the 26th Conference of Accountants General in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram speaks at the Economic Editors' Conference - 2012 in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram addresses a press conference at SEBI Bhavan in Mumbai. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram releasing a coin with Namdhari Sikhs delegates to mark the 150 years of the historic Kuka Movement in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram during a press conference after cabinet meeting in New Delhi. Union Ministers P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Salman Khurshid addressing a press conference in New Delhi.  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress President Sonia Gandhi, Defence Minister A K Antony and other leaders during a Congress Working Committee meeting in New Delhi. President Pranab Mukherjee releases commemorative stamp on Motilal Nehru during a function to celebrate his 150th birth anniversary in New Delhi.  UPA Chirperson Sonia Gandhi and Union Ministers A.K. Antony, P. Chidambaram, Kapil Sibal and Kumari Selja are also seen. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram launches the NSE operations on its dedicated SME platform EMERGE in New Delhi. SEBI Chairman U K Sinha looks on. <b>The Seven Hills Of Omnipotence</b>
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A personalised communion in the garbha griha on Tirumala amid the Brahmotsavam pilgrimage? Narayana, Narayana. A gracious audience, indeed. PC might’ve allowed a tonsuring in gratitude. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram and MoS SS Palanimanickam at the inauguration of the Conference of Chief Commissioners and Director Generals of Income Tax, in New Delhi. Confident of meeting direct tax collection target for the current fiscal, the Finance Minister said the government will ensure stable tax regime and non-adversarial approach in revenue collection. Union Finance Minister, P. Chidambaram prays at Lord Venkateswara temple at Tirumala in Tirupati. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal addressing a press conference in New Delhi. In a huge relief to Finance Minister P Chidambaram, the Supreme Court dismissed a plea for making him a co-accused in the 2G spectrum case, saying there was no prima facie material against him of any criminal conspiracy or procuring of any pecuniary gain. Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy speaks to media at the Supreme Court in New Delhi after the court rejected his petition seeking investigation into Finance Minister P Chidambaram's alleged role in 2G scam. Union Finance Minister P Chidambaram, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Coal Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal at a press conference in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh chairs an all-party meeting in New Delhi to discuss the issue of giving reservation in job promotions to Scheduled Castes (SCs) and Scheduled Tribes (STs). Also seen in the picture are Finance Minister P Chidambaram (2nd R), Home Minister Sushi Kumar Shinde and Union Minister Farooq Abdullah. Union Finance Minister P. Chidambaram during Parliament's monsoon session in New Delhi. <b>We have liftoff</b> Chidambaram and Shinde President Pranab Mukherjee and new Finance Minister P Chidambaram at a meeting at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.