Meet India's New Security Chief
Palaniappan Chidambaram to fill portfolio empty following Mumbai attacks
By Drew Nelles,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2008 5:38 PM CST
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will also take over the Finance portfolio in the wake of the Mumbai attacks.   (AP Photo/Yuriko Nakao, Pool)
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(Newser) – A shakeup following the Mumbai terror attacks has put India's finance minister in charge of security, the Wall Street Journal reports. As home minister, ex-finance chief Palaniappan Chidambaram is expected to forge an anti-terror task force and may station commandos around the country. His predecessor, who had spoken repeatedly of a maritime terrorist threat to India, took responsibility for the attacks and resigned.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is taking over Chidambaram's duties at finance. He is expected to introduce new stimulus measures to help revive the nation's slowing economy; India's reserve bank has already rolled out programs to stimulate growth and inject liquidity. As finance chief in the 1990s, Singh made changes that spurred India's economic boom.