As soon as #CabinetReshuffle took place and Nirmala Sitaraman named the defence minister, the debate on she being represented as 1st woman defence minister started amongst Tweepals. Dear NaMorons, Indira Gandhi was India’s first female defence minister, Nirmala Sitharaman is second. — Swapnil Suryawanshi (@swapnil_bs) September 3, 2017 India gets first woman defence minister in Nirmala. Yes, Indira Gandhi also was, but that was more ex-officio. — Punjab Today (@punjabtoday1) September 3, 2017 Please correct me if this has ever happened in the history of independent India. pic.twitter.com/EJphucgTqN — PhD in Bakchodi (@Atheist_Krishna) September 3, 2017 The fact is Indira Gandhi held the defence minister portfolio as Indian Prime Minister by herself. And Nirmala Sitaraman has been appointed as a full time female Defence Minister for the first time in India. Can’t really count Indira Gandhi as she took additional charge as PM, @nsitharaman is the first woman Defence Minister of India. https://t.co/9I1pWPAT8Y — Manu Pubby (@manupubby) September 3, 2017 Indira Gandhi never considered herself as a feminist or anything.