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Sreedhar Chowdhary


Husband of Congress leader Renuka Chowdhary
Issue Dated: December 27, 2009
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Sreedhar Chowdhary As Union minister for women and child development in UPA-1, the feisty Renuka Chowdhary was always in the news, but we rarely heard of or saw her entrepreneur-husband, Sreedhar Chowdhary. So when, after tabling the Domestic Violence Bill, she quipped in Parliament that “it’s now men’s turn to suffer,” it set tongues wagging. Even as her detractors launched a scathing attack on her, some people wondered about the health of her marital life.

The reality is that Renuka is indeedSreedhar’s better half. While she stays out of her hubby’s business affairs, the latter is a constant presence in her political life. He plays a key role during her electoral campaigns, besides taking care of her other political needs. But he takes care never to exceed the brief of an aide – Renuka is her own boss when it comes to her official duties. “I learnt from my father, an upright Air Force officer, to respect and accept. My real journey began only after my marriage,” says Renuka. “Of course, I encouraged her but it was no big deal. I have more confidence in her than she has in herself,” a media shy Sreedhar says. “She is an impressively balanced person. She wields authority with a sense of responsibility and humility," he adds.

To enable Renuka to experience peace and tranquility, Sreedhar has built a Hanuman temple in the family’s farmhouse in Shameerpet on the outskirts of Hyderabad. When their first daughter, filmmaker Poojita Chowdhary, found herself at the crossroads – she couldn’t decide between a career in films and joining her father’s business – Sreedhar helped her straddle both worlds. Now she is a proud producer and director of two short films, Sand in my Nostrils and Gender Bender.
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