Palaniappan Chidambaram (Tamil: பழனியப்பன் சிதம்பரம்) (born
16th September, 1945) is an Indian politician and present
Union Minister of Home Affairs of the Republic of India. He
is among the most prominent cabinet ministers of the
ruling-United Progressive Alliance (UPA) union government
led by Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. From May 2004
to November 2008, he was the Finance Minister of India.
However, after the resignation of Shivraj Patil, Chidambaram
made the Home Affairs Minister.