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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. New Finance Minister P Chidambaram after assuming charge in New Delhi.  New Finance Minister P Chidambaram is greeted by MoS Namo Narain Meena as he arrives to assume charge in New Delhi.  New Finance Minister P Chidambaram takes charge in New Delhi.  Home Minister P Chidambaram interacts with riot-hit people at Bhodgaon relief camp in Kokrajhar district. Supporters of anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare hold placards with portraits of former ministers and the  Virbhadra Singh, left, Vilasrao Deshmukh, second from left, P. Chidambaram, right, and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during a protest at Jantar Mantar, in New Delhi. Three followers of Hazare said they would continue their fast indefinitely to pressure the government into passing a strong law against corruption. New elected President Pranab Mukherjee with Home Minister P Chidambaram and Defence Minister AK Antony at his residence in New Delhi. Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal presenting a sword to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram at the 26th Meeting of Northern Zonal Council in Chandigarh. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram leaves after a cabinet meeting at South Block in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during a meeting with a group of girl students from J&K, in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram with Minister for Law and Justice Salman Khurshid addressing a press conference in Bengaluru. Combo image shows Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during the monthly press conference of his ministry in New Delhi. Finance Minister and UPA’s Presidential candidate Pranab Mukherjee with Congress leaders AK Antony, P Chidambaram after the UPA's meeting in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid after a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. The UPA declared Pranab Mukherjee as its Presidential candidate. Activists of various civil rights group hold placards during a protest against disappearances and illegal detention in the name of fighting terrorism, outside the residence of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi. Police arrest activists of various civil rights who were protesting against disappearances and illegal detention in the name of fighting terrorism, outside the residence of Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram with Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at the launch of an automated multi-level car park 'Capitol Point' at Connaught Place in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit at the launch of an automated multi-level car park 'Capitol Point' at Connaught Place in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram with Law and Justice Minister Salman Khurshid and Minister of State (Mos) in the Prime Minister's Office V Narayanasamy addressing press conference, in Bhopal. Home Minister P. Chidambaram at the monthly press conference of his ministry in New Delhi.  Union Home Minister P Chidambaram inaugurates the Central Immigration, Visa and Foreigners Registration and Tracking Office in New Delhi.    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh greets Samajwadi party leader Mulayam Singh at a function to mark the completion of three years of the government in New Delhi. Home Minister P.Chidambaram is on right. <b>In the powerhouse</b> Karti with Sonia Gandhi and P. Chidambaram in New Delhi Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram at Parliament in New Delhi during the ongoing budget session. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. Opposition targeted P Chidambaram in the Lok Sabha over the Aircel-Maxis deal, dubbing it as a big scam allegedly involving his son but the Home Minister dismissed the charges as wild and reckless. Home Minister P Chidamabaram (R) with Chhattisgarh CM Raman Singh(L) and Odisha CM Naveen Patnaik at the Meeting of Chief Ministers on National Counter Terrorism Centre in New Delhi. West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee at the Meeting of Chief Ministers on National Counter Terrorism Centre in New Delhi. Home Minister P Chidambaram shakes hands with Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah at the Meeting of Chief Ministers on National Counter Terrorism Centre in New Delhi. The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh arrives at the Chief Ministers’ Meeting on National Counter Terrorism Centre (NCTC) in Delhi.
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram at the Meeting of Chief Ministers on National Counter Terrorism Centre in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram addressing a press conference to present his ministry's report for April 2012 in New Delhi. In the backdrop of rising cyber crime, Chidambaram disclosed that the government proposed to create a national structure for cyber security and establish a National Threat Intelligence Centre. Clockwise from top left - Union Ministers Pranab Mukherjee, P Chidambaram, Jairam Ramesh and A K Antony leave after a meeting with UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi at 10 Janpath  in New Delhi. The home minister P. Chidambaram with Tamil Nadu chief minister during a meeting on internal security in the capital Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram during a visit to the holy cave shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi at Katra near Jammu. Jammu and Kashmir Governor NN Vohra and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram at a meeting in Jammu. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Law Minister Salman Khurshid and Parliamentary Affairs Minister PK Bansal at a press conference at Shastri Bhawan in New Delhi. Home Minister P Chidambaram receives the Skoch Challenger Lifetime achievement award 2012 from Deputy Chairman of the Planning Commission, Montek Singh Ahluwalia and C Rangarajan, Chairman, Economic Advisory Council to Prime Minister,  in New Delhi. Vice President Hamid Ansari, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and Home Minister P Chidambaram at Padma Awards ceremony at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Law Minister Salman Khurshid at Parliament House in New Delhi during the ongoing budget session. <b>Election Budget 2008</b>
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<b>Elections in 1998</b>—Voted out Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram addressing a press conference to present the Report Card of the Ministry of Home Affairs for the month of February, 2012, in New Delhi. A major terror network of Pakistan based Lashker-e-Taiba, planning to carry out attacks in crowded places of Delhi, has been busted and two of its cadres arrested. Chidambaram said that the two have been apprehended from the national capital and it is a very important breakthrough. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and his Bangladeshi counterpart Shahara Khatun shake hands at the Home Minister level talks between India and Bangladesh in New Delhi. An officer of the National Security Guards (NSG), left, briefs Home Minister P. Chidambaram during the inauguration of an NSG Hub in Mumbai.The government has taken initiative to set up regional hubs for the NSG, the elite commando force, at Mumbai, Hyderabad, Chennai and Kolkata after the terrorist attack on Mumbai in 2008. Defence Minister A K Antony, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Union Minister of Communications and IT & HRD Kapil Sibal come out of North Block after attending the meeting of a high-powered Group of Ministers on corruption in New Delhi. The NATIONAL COUNTER-TERRORISM CENTRE runs into a wall with 13 states
protesting that it infringes on their rights. PC’s brainchild was to go active on March 1. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram performs a worship during the inauguration of an NSG hub in Kolkata. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Communication and IT Minister Kapil Sibal talk after attending a meeting with Prime Minister to discuss the fallout of 2G verdict, at PM's residence in New Delhi. Days after the Supreme Court cancelled 122 licences for 2G spectrum, Singh held consultations with senior Cabinet colleagues on its impact on overall telecom sector and the way forward. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram meeting a group of 160 militancy-affected children from J&K who have visited the various parts of the country under Youth Exchange Programme in New Delhi. Home Minister P Chidambaram shakes hands with J & K Chief Minister Omar Abdullah during signing of an MoU between Ministry of Home Affairs, J & K Government and Jamia Milia Islamia in New Delhi. The MoU was signed for the construction of hostels to accommodate students from J&K at Jamia Millia Islamia. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram aims with an LMG during inauguration of a CRPF intelligence school at Kadarpur in Gurgaon. Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy while talking to the media outside Patiala House Court in New Delhi after a hearing on his plea to prosecute Home Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case. The court dismissed Swamy's plea. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram leaves in his car, outside his residence in New Delhi. The court dismissed Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy's plea seeking prosecution of Chidambaram in 2G scam. Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy talks to the media outside Patiala House Court in New Delhi. In a huge relief for Home Minister P Chidambaram, the court dismissed the petition by Swamy seeking to make him a co-accused in the 2G spectrum case. Opposition Janata Party President Subramanian Swamy speaks to yoga guru Baba Ramdev during an event against corruption in New Delhi. The court dismissed Swamy's petition plea for trial of Home Minister P Chidambaram in the 2G case. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram coming out of his office at North Block in New Delhi. In a huge embarrassment to the Government and a jolt to the telecom sector, the Supreme Court cancelled 122 2G licences granted during the tenure of former telecom minister A Raja declaring it as illegal and blamed the government's flawed first-come-first served policy. The bench left it to the trial court to decide on the demand for investigation of the alleged role of Home Minister P Chidambaram in the case and ordered auctioning for the grant of licenses afresh. Highlights of the SC's Judgement <b>Clouded view</b> The 2G verdict casts a shadow on PM and FM Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram, Deputy Chairman of Planning Commission Montek Singh Ahluwalia and UIDAI Chairman Nandan Nilekani addressing a press conference after a meeting of Cabinet Committee on UIDAI, in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram and Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi with the cadets of militant groups, during a ceremony for laying down of arms by nine militant groups in Guwahati. A leader of Kuki Revolutionary Army gives his weapon to Home Minister P. Chidambram during a surrender ceremony in Guwahati. Hundreds of rebels in jungle fatigues lined up to surrender their weapons after nine insurgent groups reached cease-fire deals to begin peace talks toward ending a three-decade insurgency in northeast. Union home minister P Chidambaram being welcomed by Puducherry Chief Minister N Rangasamy on his arrival in Puducherry to inspect the cyclone-hit villages. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram along with Minister of State in PMO V Narayanasamy visiting a cyclone-hit village in Puducherry. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram addressing a press conference to present the report card of the Ministry for the month of December, 2011, in New Delhi.. Home Secretary RK Singh is also seen. Home Minister P Chidambaram and HRD Minister Kapil Sibal during a function to mark 127th foundation day of Congress party in New Delhi. Home Minister P Chidambaram with Prof Jagdish Bhagwati at the 24th IB Centenary Endowment Lecture on Governance Reforms at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. <b>P. Chidambaram vs the World</b>
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If there’s one man who has truly had an annus horribilis, it’s the veshti-wearing home minister P. Chidambaram, who is fighting battles on numerous fronts. The latest is the pugnacious Subramanian Swamy, who is asking for Chidambaram to be tried in the 2G case. The SC verdict on that is awaited. Earlier, Pranab Mukherjee’s ministry note, with a sly hint that PC had a role in the 2G scam, led to even more embarrassment for the latter. Remember, this came after Pranab wrote to the pmo that he suspected his offices were being bugged by the home ministry. Then, there was Telangana. An embattled PC went on the offensive, attacking newbie Nandan Nilekani’s Aadhar project. TV grab: Home Minister P Chidambaram speaks in the Lok Sabha in New Delhi. The opposition clamored for Chidambaram's resignation for alleged misuse of office by him in helping a local hotelier and for giving a statement outside Parliament.
UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi shares a light moment with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during the swearing-in ceremony of new Cabinet Minister Ajit Singh at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee with Deputy Lok Sabha Speaker Kariya Munda and BJP leaders LK Advani, Sushma Swaraj and Arun Jaitley during a function to pay tributes to the martyrs of 2001 Parliament attacks, at Parliament House in New Delhi. Home Minister P Chidambaram is also seen. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram arrives at Parliament House in New Delhi during ongoing winter session. Home Minister P Chidambaram gestures during the inauguration of B2B Exhibition for the Commercial & Homeland Security Market at Pragati Maidan in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram arrives at Parliament during the winter session, in New Delhi. AICC General Secretary Rahul Gandhi with Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during the party's national level convention of Elected Office Bearers in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during the signing ceremony of the tripartite memorandum of settlement (MoS) among the Central Government,  Assam Government and United People's Democratic Solidarity(UPDS) in New Delhi. They reached a pathbreaking peace pact with the UPDS under which the Karbi Anglong hill district will get more power and a Rs 350 crore special financial package. <b>Nilekani vs Chidambaram?</b> The UID’s data collection irks the home minister Home Minister P.Chidambaram arrives on the first day of the winter session of Parliament in New Delhi. Newly appointed Tamil Nadu Congress Committee President B S Gnanadesikan presenting a shawl to Union Home Minister P Chidambaram in Chennai. <b>2G test</b> Will Chidamabram pass? Home Minister P Chidambaram and Chief Minister of Jharkhand Arjun Munda arrive for a meeting with senior officials at the police headquarters in Ranchi, Jharkhand. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram presenting the 'Sword of Honour' to Paris Anil Deshmukh at the passing out parade of IPS probationers of 2010 batch at Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel National Police Academy in Hyderabad. Home Minister P. Chidambaram is presented Paomai tribal dress in Senapati district of Manipur. Chidambaram is on a two-day visit to the state. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram addressing a press conference in New Delhi. Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee, Home Minister P Chidambaram and Law Minister Salman Khurshid at the Conference of Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram shakes hands with UP Governor BL Joshi at the Conference of Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh with Home Minister P Chidambaram at the Conference of Governors at the Rashtrapati Bhawan in New Delhi. Nepal Prime Minister Babu Ram Bhattarai and Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram shake hands during a meeting in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh receives a memento from CBI Director Amar Pratap Singh during the Conference of Central Bureau of Investigation & State Anti- Corruption Bureau in New Delhi. Union  Home Minister P. Chidambaram looks on. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram receiving a report on Kashmir from Centre's Interlocutors Dilip Padgaonkar, M M Ansari and Radha Kumar in New Delhi. Union Ministers Pranab Mukherjee and  P Chidambaram during a joint press conference of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Vietnamese President Troung Tan Sang at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh along with his Union Ministers P Chidambaram and Pranab Mukherjee during the delegation level meeting with Vietnamese President Troung Tan Sang at Hyderabad House in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram addressing a press conference to present the report card of the Ministry for the month, in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee with Home Minister P Chidambaram talking to media after meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi. Union Finance Minister, Pranab Mukherjee with Home Minister P Chidambaram talking to media after meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee come out after a meeting with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh at 7RCR in New Delhi. <b>All well!</b> Pranab and Chidambaram at a joint press conference on Sept 29, 2011 Shiv Sena activists burn an effigy of UPA government before burning a portrait of Home Minister P. Chidambaram, on right, during a protest in New Delhi. The protesters were demanding the resignation of Chidambaram for his alleged involvement in a telecom scandal that allegedly cost the country billions of dollars in lost license fees. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram (L) arrives at his office after meeting Congress President, Sonia Gandhi and Union Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (R) leaves his office to meet Congress President Sonia Gandhi. The Union Home Minister, P. Chidambaram arrives at S.T.N.M Hospital to see the earthquake victims, at Gangtok, Sikkim. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram (C) with Sikkim Chief Minister Pawan Chamling arrives at S.T.N.M. hospital to meet the earthquake victims in Gangtok. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram arrives at S.T.N.M. hospital to meet the earthquake victims in Gangtok. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram being welcomed by Bharat Chamber of Commerce President Pavan Poddar (L) during a special session of the Bharat Chamber of Commerce in Kolkata. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh presenting President's Police medal for distinguished service to a senior Intelligence Bureau officer during the DGPs/ IGPs conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram looks on. Noting that the security environment in the country continues to be uncertain, Singh said there were reports of cross-border camps for terrorists being reactivated.    Union Home Minister P Chidambaram with IB Chief and senior IPS officer Nehchal Sandhu at the DGPs/ IGPs conference at Vigyan Bhawan in New Delhi. Terming the two recent blasts in Mumbai and Delhi as a blot on government's record, Chidambaram said many homegrown modules are active across the country and several of them have acquired the capacity to make bombs. Chidambaram said The epicentre of terror is Afghanistan-Pakistan (region). Four out of five major terrorist groups are based in Pakistan and three of them-- LeT, JeM and HM-- continue to target India,.
President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during a function for celebrating Hindi Day and presenting Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar for the year 2009-10 in New Delhi. President Pratibha Devi Singh Patil and Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during a function for celebrating Hindi Day and presenting Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar for the year 2009-10 in New Delh. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram during a function for celebrating Hindi Day and presenting Indira Gandhi Rajbhasha Puraskar for the year 2009-10 in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram (C), Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh (L) and Minister for Road Transport and Highways CP Joshi during the National Workshop on Appropriate Development Strategies for Effective Implementation of Rural Development Schemes in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P. Chidambaram addressing the National Workshop on Appropriate Development Strategies for Effective Implementation of Rural Development Schemes in IAP Districts in New Delhi. Union Rural Development Minister Jairam Ramesh also seen. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Home Minister P Chidambaram during the 15th National Integration Council (NIC) meeting in New Delhi. Terming terrorism and Maoist violence as two major challenges facing the country, Singh said the Delhi High Court blast was a stark reminder that there can be no let up in the vigil. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj during the 15th National Integration Council (NIC) meeting. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram and Leader of Opposition in Rajya Sabha Arun Jaitley during the 15th National Integration Council (NIC) meeting in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram talks with Uttarakhand Chief Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank and Chhattisgarh Chief Minister Raman Singh during the 15th National Integration Council (NIC) meeting in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram with Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and Karnataka CM Sadananda Gowda during the 15th National Integration Council (NIC) meeting in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram addressing a press conference regarding investigations in the Wednesday's Sept 7 blast, in New Delhi. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram comes out of Delhi High Court bomb blast site in New Delhi. Terror struck Delhi when a powerful bomb blast ripped through a crowded reception area at the entrance to the High Court killing 11 people and injuring atleast 64. Union Home Minister P Chidambaram arrives at Delhi High Court bomb blast site in New Delhi. Home Minister P. Chidambaram, right, leaves after inspecting the site of a blast outside the High Court in New Delhi.