Hours after the historic Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill was passed in the Lok Sabha with the thumping majority, the nation lost its most successful right woman wing leader, Sushma Swaraj. Former External Affairs Minister and BJP stalwart breathed her last at All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS), Delhi, following a cardiac arrest. She was 67 years old. Her last rites will be performed today at the Lodhi crematorium.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi condoled Sushma’s death on twitter calling it a “personal loss.”
“Sushma Ji was a prolific orator and outstanding Parliamentarian. She was admired and revered across party lines. She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to,” PM Modi tweeted.
Sushma Ji was a prolific orator and outstanding Parliamentarian. She was admired and revered across party lines.
She was uncompromising when it came to matters of ideology and interests of the BJP, whose growth she immensely contributed to.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) August 6, 2019
Following her news of demise, many Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachchan, Rishi Kapoor, Lata Mangeshkar, Sanjay Dutt, Karan Johar, Arjun Kapoor and Boman Irani, expressed grief over Swaraj’s demise, describing her as “a true iron lady of our generation.”
Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan retweeted a post which features a picture of Swaraj with him. Along with the picture, he wrote, “An extremely sad news! A very strong politician, a sociable person, a wonderful spokesperson. Prayers for a peaceful soul.”
एक अत्यंत दुखद समाचार ! एक बहुत ही प्रबल राजनीतिज्ञ , एक मिलनसार व्यक्तिव , एक अद्भुत प्रवक्ता । आत्मा की शांति के लिए , प्रार्थना 🙏 https://t.co/TRikqtswd9
— Amitabh Bachchan (@SrBachchan) August 6, 2019
Anupam Kher went live on late Tuesday night and expressed loss on the “ unfortunate and sad” demise of the country’s first full-time woman finance minister.
— Anupam Kher (@AnupamPKher) August 6, 2019
Parineeti Chopra wrote how Sushma Swaraj inspired her on a personal level. “I hail from Ambala Cantt, same as Sushma Swaraj ji. Always felt proud that a woman from our small town made it big, and made a difference. Sushma ji rest in peace. You inspired me on a personal level.,” she wrote.
I hail from Ambala Cantt, same as Sushma Swaraj ji. Always felt proud that a woman from our small town made it big, and made a difference. Sushma ji rest in peace. You inspired me on a personal level. #RIPSushmaSwarajJi
— Parineeti Chopra (@ParineetiChopra) August 6, 2019
Here is how other Bollywood celebrities paid tribute to Swaraj on social media:
Just heard that @SushmaSwaraj Ji is no more. She was gracious & such an inspiring orator!I remember being mesmerised watching her talk in the parliament in the early 90’s as a girl.Grateful to her commitment to the artist community via the copyright amendment bill. Gone too soon
— SONA (@sonamohapatra) August 6, 2019
My sincere condolences on passing away of #Sushmaswaraj ji. One of the finest leader of our country.She was special and we will miss her.Sending my prayers to family and friends. pic.twitter.com/BeYy6S9TmN
— Sunny Deol (@iamsunnydeol) August 6, 2019
RIP Sushma ji. Absolutely shocked and devastated to hear about her passing. She was always close to me and was extremely kind, since the early days. My heartfelt condolences to the family & our entire nation for this great loss.
— Sanjay Dutt (@duttsanjay) August 6, 2019
— Riteish Deshmukh (@Riteishd) August 6, 2019
Deeply saddened…#SushmaSwaraj ji is and will always be remembered as one of the most respected and beloved leaders of our country. Her speeches in parliament, her empathy, her spirit, her kindness… what a remarkable and amazing human being. #RIPSushmaSwarajJi pic.twitter.com/kADsCOq6j8
— Dia Mirza (@deespeak) August 6, 2019
Deeply saddened by Sushma ji’s demise.The Music Fraternity will be indebted to her for magnificent defence of their rights in the Lok Sabha . You were an exceptional person Sushmaji. We will always remain thankful to you.
— Javed Akhtar (@Javedakhtarjadu) August 6, 2019
Deeply shocked and saddened to hear about Sushma Swaraj ji’s sudden demise.
A graceful and honest leader, a sensitive and selfless soul, a keen understanding of music and poetry and a dear friend. Our former external minister will be remembered fondly.
— Lata Mangeshkar (@mangeshkarlata) August 6, 2019
India has lost its extraordinary leader, minister and personality.. May God bless her soul 🙏 #SushmaSwaraj
— Arjun Kapoor (@arjunk26) August 6, 2019