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INDIAN DEFENCE MINISTER HOLDS AN ICE AXE NEAR BASE CAMP OF SIACHEN, INDIA
Indian Defence Minister A K Antony (C) holds an ice axe as he watches soldiers climb a glacier near the base of Siachen glacier, India on May 5, 2007. The Siachen Glacier located in the eastern Karakoram Range is also the highest battleground on earth, where India and Pakistan maintain permanent military personnel at a height of over 6,000 meters. (UPI Photo)
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Arackaparambil Kurien Antony (Malayalam: അറയ്ക്കപറമ്പില്‍ കുരി യന്‍ ആന്റണി) is an Indian National Congress politician, a former Chief Minister of Kerala, and the current Defence Minister of India.

He is a member of the Central Election Committee and the Congress Working Committee (CWC) and the chairman of the Disciplinary Action Committee of the All India Congress Committee. He is currently a senior member of the Cabinet Committees on Accommodation, Economic Affairs, Political Affairs, and Security. He also presently serves as President of Institute for Defence Studies and Analyses.

A. K. Antony was born at Cherthala, near Alleppey in Travancore, as the son of Arackaparambil Kurien Pillai and Elikutty. He lost his father in 1959 and self-financed part of his education through odd jobs.

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