One of the most popular faces in the BJP, Sushma Swaraj’s tenure as the external affairs minister was not only memorable for the government but also for the people who sought her help.
As a leader, she was accessible to the masses. Her pun intended messages and her witty replies kept the Twitterati hooked.
She was there for the Priest who was kidnapped by the Taliban and was also there with Hamid Ansari who came to India after being released from a Pakistan jail.
Ansari’s mother told the former external affairs minister that India was great, Sushma was great and that Ansari was back in India because of the EAM.
On the morning of August 7, India woke up to the news of the sudden demise of one of its most revered political figures.
The first female chief minister of India’s capital, Sushma Swaraj passed away at Delhi’s All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday night.
Aged 67, the former minister of external affairs breathed her last at 10.50 pm despite doctors’ relentless efforts to revive the veteran leader.
A Supreme Court lawyer, Swaraj reportedly died of a cardiac arrest.
Born in Haryana’s Ambala, she has to her name several accolades ranging from her days as a student leader in 1970 to becoming the State president of Janata Party in Haryana at the young age of 27.
Also the first woman Leader of Opposition, Swaraj developed a reputation as an exceptional speaker and a tall stateswoman.
The recipient of two Best Parliamentarian awards, Swaraj was hailed as the most ‘Millennial’ politician in the history of Indian politics.
She was widely praised by Indian millennials for her active social media presence and approachable behaviour.
Her quick wit and astute credentials as an effective administrator furthered Swaraj’s image in the hearts and minds of India’s young.
Such was her influence that a leading American daily called her “Supermom of State”.